Stress. It’s amazing what a small, six-letter word can do to a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. We have all felt stress at different times, and know the havoc it can cause, from the headaches to the ulcers to the fits of uncontrollable crying.
For many of us, and especially for the caregivers of a loved one with a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, negative stress often is the leader of other undesirable feelings. Stress, along with guilt, despair and anxiety quickly can eat away at a family caregiver’s entire being.