Hi, I've been a caregiver to my 87 year old father for 10 years. He has had 7 strokes, a broken hip & is on again/off again mentally. My mom who was 84 passed away March 2. The two main problems I deal with is the isolation & knowing I have let myself go to pot.
It's hard for me to talk with people, I've poured myself into the caregiving role & it's been the center of everything full time, for a long time. I feel I have less & less in common with most people I meet, because I'm really out of touch with the "normal world" & people my age, they talk of what they are doing, where they go, etc & want to know what I'm up to & look surprised when I don't really have anything to add. They don't really care about bowel movements, temperaments, etc.