Every caregiver's journey is different, but we share many situations that help us understand one another. Some of us watch while our elders slowly lose ground and need more assistance as often happens when people have dementia. Some of us find ourselves caregivers overnight, as can happen if a loved one has had a debilitating stroke. Because my personal elder care journey spanned two decades and involved seven people, I've been through both types of experiences.
Many, if not most, caregivers struggle with isolation. If there was a dramatic event that threw you into caregiving, you may have had a lot of support right away, but then people must get back to their own lives and often the caregiver feels abandoned.