Caring for Another Person

In time, everyone is a caregiver because we all need help now and then. Being a caregiver is important and helpful – but it can also be difficult to care for people in need. You may find caregiving makes you feel happy or special because of your good work.  Or you may feel angry, sad or confused by the challenges of caregiving. All caregivers feel this way – at different times – for different reasons.  These feelings are normal.  

If you feel frustrated or too tired to give to others – it is time to find help for yourself. It’s okay to ask for help from other family members, friends or from professionals. Some caregivers find it helpful to talk with someone they trust by going to spiritual leaders, churches or counselors.  By helping yourself, you are more helpful to those who need your care.

Several Minnesota communities are offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers®, an education program to help family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions.