Caregiving is an exhausting job, and it's easier to neglect your own health and needs when you are caring for an elderly loved one. However, in order to be a good caregiver, you also need to take time for yourself, both physically and emotionally, in order to live a happy life and provide good care.
In 2000, my parents moved back to West Texas after my mother’s chronic obstructive pulmonary disease worsened due to ozone levels and allergies in a major city in Central Texas. On the day they had the moving van in front of their house, I was driving off to start a new job in East Texas. Whereas we lived in the same subdivision in Central…