In this AARP article, Overcoming the Loneliness of Dementia Caregiver, Barbara’s caregiving experiences with her husband led to her search for ways to overcome her loneliness. Her growing sense of loneliness wasn't based on feeling socially isolated, although many dementia caregivers become more isolated as the disease slowly progresses. Her children do visit her frequently and offer to pitch in with caring for their dad. It's that Barbara feels totally alone in her plight. She discovered practical strategies for dealing with her loneliness including 1) connecting with others, 2) establishing confidants, 3) expressing her fears and concerns, and 4) accepting praise. She found that “battling loneliness means allowing people into your life in any way you can manage to connect.”
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