Caregiving For Seenagers Series – Part 3: “Are you a caregiver and don’t know it?”

Caregiving For Seenagers Series – Part 3: “Are you a caregiver and don’t know it?”

Are you being thrown into a caregiver role, while your plate is already full and you don’t think you could add anything else to it? Is there an acute health crisis for your Seenager? or is the chronic health condition now reaching a new low?

I was in denial for years about being a caregiver, even though I was calling my parents every night to check how their day went. They certainly were in denial about my role as a caregiver, as they did not want to take my advice about moving, seeing a doctor or eating an appropriate diet just to name a few things we would argue about.

Are you a caregiver and don’t know it?

Wishing you the best,



  1. Thank you for bringing this type of situation up and naming it caregiving. I did this disempowered caregiving for a couple years before I had to take it to a new and more active and empowered type of caregiving. My father is now in late stage Alzheimers. Even now it is a job of bending & ducking…frustrating, with little real support.

    1. Marilyn,
      It’s a lot of duck and cover! You get creative with how one communicates with a loved-one who has dementia. Sometimes the best thing to do is agree with them no matter how far out there they might be. If they see aliens, ask how many or what color are they? Go with the flow.

      Call us if we can help.

  2. I can relate to this. Everytime I suggest we talk to someone about having paperwork in place so I can take care of things for my mom she says, “I can do that. I know how to do that.” When I suggested we see an elder care attorney she got mad and hung up on me. Yet this is the person that says she can no longer take care of herself. HELP!!!

    1. Tammy, These are tough conversations to have. If you’d like to email us at with a few more details about your situation, we’ll try to help. (Things to consider in your situation are: dementia, other cognitive impairment, current level of independence, and emotional wellbeing.)

      Best of luck to you.


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