How Family Caregivers Can Ask for Help

Your adult children may be willing and able to ease your burden

Caregivers always welcome a helping hand, and often some of that assistance could be provided by a young adult child who lives nearby. But some millennials may be too involved with their careers and relationships to notice how much a parent is struggling to care for a seriously ill grandparent, sibling or other family member.

How to ask? Here are some useful strategies.

  • Explain your predicament. Author and clinical psychologist Harriet Lerner suggests opening the conversation with something like, “I am feeling so tired and depleted from taking care of mom that I’m worried if something doesn’t change, I will be crawling in that bed with her.”

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