As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. During a recent webinar, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I shared the current results of our ongoing survey and share thoughts about what’s needed to minimize the stress.

We know that caregiving stress can be ongoing. I also believe that caregiver stress is constantly changing, that what stresses you on Monday is replaced by a different stressful situation on Tuesday. To show the constant and changing face of caregiving stress, I’d love for you to tell us about each day’s caregiving stress over a period of five days. Your stories about your day’s caregiving stress will make our data about your caregiving stress that much more compelling.

In our comments section, below, tell us about the stress you’re feeling today.

(I’d love for you to share your experiences in our two two-minute surveys. In the first survey, please tell us how you rate your stress. In our second survey, please tell us how your stress impacts your health and your day.)

About Denise

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched 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.


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I am writing this midday on Day 5. Last night about 2:00 am I heard my parents talking and the light went on in their room. I got up to listen by the door for cries of help, but soon they were back in bed and out went the light. I couldn’t tell who had the problem, Mom or Dad. I listened all through the night. Evidently Mom had gotten up without Dad knowing, thought it was 4:00 AM and ate her banana as she usually does. She is supposed to take her pain pill then. Dad gave it to… Read more »


She’s back to the rummaging and hiding stage. Thought we were through that since it hadn’t occurred in quite awhile and her dementia had stabilized/plateaued. Tonight she is anxious about the laundry hamper in her room. Doesn’t want dirty clothes sitting in there. instead she’d rather wad them up in a plastic bag in the wastebasket. I explained that dirty clothes go in the hamper. The Queen doesn’t want dirty clothes in there because she doesn’t know when “they” do laundry around here. I told her I do the laundry several times a week and don’t worry about it. Now… Read more »


My father is having intermittent chest pressure through the day and severely spiking blood pressure with no pattern. He can’t settle down – sweating one minute and the next hour chilly. The last four days have been unpredictable as his various ailments seem to be taking turns being the “star of the day.” I’m ready to take him to the ER at a moment’s notice. He has lots of tests next week. Hopefully, one of them will pinpoint some cause to his sudden health turn. The uncertainty is additional stress no one needs.