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In Six Words, How Does Caregiving Loneliness Feel?

boot-206898_640This morning, the Today Show featured a segment from Maria Shriver about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on women. A study released today by the Alzheimer’s Association reports that three out of five of those living with Alzheimer’s are women. And, women make up about 60% of those who care for a family member with Alzheimer’s.

The segment included an interview with a spouse who cares for her husband. One of her first comments about her experience as a family caregiver: It’s lonely.

We often talk about the loneliness of a caregiving experience. (Read “If There’s So Man of You, Why Is Caregiving Still So Lonely?”). We know it’s lonely. I’d love for you to tell us what that loneliness feels like.

So, in six words, describe your caregiving loneliness in our comments section, below.

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.





  1. I had to surrender my role as primary caregiver/health proxy/health advocate because I myself became very sick. Part of my dis-ease has been loneliness and I still suffer from it. Like being in suspended animation. Good thing I have support from my family. Out of necessity, I am directing my energy in getting well again. I could not keep up with the demands and expectations my spouse had of me and for my own survival, I had to detach. That has been very painful also. A day at a time…..

  2. I am sad, tired, and don’t get much done around the house. I take care of my mother take care of all of her needs. I wish for a friend, someone to talk to maybe help me get somethings done.

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