American Association Of Kidney Patients (AAKP)

People living with a chronic illness often experience a decline in health as the illness progresses. This decline can need more assistance from others for even the most basic tasks too. An increasing loss of independence can be depressing not only for the individual but also for those who are offering help. Such an experience would be indeed stressful and degrading. But, many also think it as an opportunity for the care recipient and caregiver to grow closer and develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship. Caregivers often become so overwhelmed that they neglect themselves and suffer both physically and mentally. The rate of depression for caregivers is high. Many forget to eat or have stomach problems that make eating difficult. Many will put off seeing their own doctors.