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Family caregivers often find that their social circles shrink over time. Casual friends are typically the first to drift away because a caregiver is too busy to get together, but close friends may disappear eventually as well. These friends are not bad people, though. More than likely, they don’t know how to help a caregiver and they find it easier to share their time with people whose lives are less complicated. If you are just a casual friend to someone who is caring for an ill or aging loved one, then perhaps it’s best to remain that way. However, some of you want to do more for friends who have found themselves in this difficult role. You want to be there for them, but the trouble is that you don’t know where to start.
How to Support a Friend Who Is a Caregiver: The following tips may give you some insight into what you can do to help your friend as they devote a good portion of their time, energy, and funds to their loved one. (Remember to take this as general advice since every caregiver and every care situation is unique.)
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