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Why Caregivers Often Refuse Help Even When Offered

Caregivers frequently feel stressed and many eventually become burned out—a condition not to be taken lightly. A recent study concluded that caregivers of vulnerable people may die four to eight years earlier than they would have had they not taken on a long-term caregiving role. Yet many caregivers—even when they have access to safe options for help—still come up with excuses to put off (or actively refuse) assistance. Outsiders may ask, "Why would they do that?" Here are a few reasons I've encountered over the years:

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We certainly saw that with our mother. Dad had lymphoma for 13 years, and his last 2 were tough. It was only after he died that we realized mama's health had been compromised.

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