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Most of us have seen evidence of people being harder on those they love than they are on strangers or even people they don’t like. We tend to show our family members every side of ourselves, including the least flattering ones because we feel safe enough with them to just “let it all hang out.”  This typically holds true for our care recipients as well. Age and illness bring a host of difficult emotions to the surface for seniors, and caregivers are subjected to their anger, fear, frustration, and sadness regarding their circumstances. For some, though, there are deeper problems lurking behind an elder’s moodiness and outbursts. These feelings may turn into abusive behavior or exacerbate an already abusive personality. We’ve all heard about the dangers of elder abuse, but there is an equally serious issue of abuse toward caregivers that goes largely unaddressed. Sadly, caregiver abuse is all too common...

Continue reading on Agingcare for more about how some elders (dementia aside) may abuse the people making sacrifices to help them:

Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer

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