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Caring for a Spouse

Welcome to this online support group for spousal caregivers! Please introduce yourself - Ask for advice - Share your experiences caring for your husband, wife or partner. Talk about ailments and treatments, caregiving and relationship challenges, daily life, your tips for others. Vent, laugh, and come back to this online support group as often as you need to feel less alone. Some featured conversations to help you get started...

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about 14 hours ago
Sheila1944 said...
I am sorry to her that your wife is ill with Fibromyalgia. This is a good place to vent. Why not go jointly to see a counselor? If I was in your shoes and in my early 40's I ... more
about 13 hours ago
Tootiredtoo said...
Dear Tommy, Your wife's primary should have suggested counseling of some type with the onset of her diagnosis. Perhaps he/she did and that was not an option. Allow me to su... more
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1 day ago
Sheila1944 said...
You need to find other interests. Everyone needs to develop their own. It can be a hobby. It does help to have these. I have several and they keep me going. I exercise, do ... more
1 day ago
ramiller said...
It's sometimes so hard not to think about what's happening,but I find if I use humor to lighten the mood it really helps. Read some humor or watch something funny every day tha... more
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1 day ago
Sheila1944 said...
PJJOJO: thanks for your comments. It must be very hard to make this giant step. It is impossible to know the future.
1 day ago
Suzannesh said...
Thank you for your thoughts on all this. We have done all the legal things you mentioned. We did those 5 years ago. That is great advise for everyone. I have good and bad day... more
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2 days ago
countrymrs said...
Could you find any personal counseling in your area that could help you and him too? So sorry for your problem....not only the physical aspect of his illness but this devastating side effect.
2 days ago
Suzannesh said...
It really is time to talk with his doctor and have him re-evaluated. You should never have to live like this. There be a simple medication that will keep him much calmer and ... more
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3 days ago
Suzannesh said...
Look forward to getting together with you. Hugs you can do this.
3 days ago
2gerbils said...
Possibly. DH (been together 17 years, but not actually married) just recently diagnosed with beginning dementia. Struggling to get him in to see a neurologist for a more comple... more
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3 days ago
2gerbils said...
I feel for you. I'm in a similar situation only we're younger - only 59. We're not married. I'm trying to get my man in to see a neurologist to get a more definitive diagnosi... more
3 days ago
Sheila1944 said...
Hi Suzannesh: I am alone dealing with my husband. My daughter asked us to move closer to where she lives, but we don't want to move. I know what it is like dealing with aging... more
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3 days ago
Suzannesh said...
countrymrs. This is a great place to come for help and support. This site has a lot of help and we are here to support you in anyway we can. I was new at being a caregiver a ... more
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3 days ago
Thank u so much for responding, it helps to have this connection...my husband is trying to recover from 3 hospital stays amounting to abt 20 days June to Jul....quite a few thi... more
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4 days ago
Sheila1944 said...
I'm sorry that you are feeling so much stress. Maybe you need to take time for yourself and enjoy that period of time. It is your husband's job to do whatever he can to recover. I hope things improve soon.
4 days ago
If your husband is physically able. Leave the toddler with him and get out for a while by yourself. and Don't sweat the small stuff. Just take care of the biggies. Your hus... more
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5 days ago
Suzannesh said...
Aspenwinter, At age 26 you have way too much on your plate. You have every right to feel just how you are feeling. You are in a burn out mode right now. You honestly need a... more
5 days ago
aspenwinter said...
Suzanne - thank you, thank you, thank you!! We haven't yet filed for disability as I'm not sure if he will qualify, but we will start the process next week. I have no family, b... more
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7 days ago
Sheila1944 said...
Sorry about your frustration. It is hard to help someone who doesn't want to cooperate. I hope things improve for you. Looking after a spouse is very difficult. We all are in the same situation with different variations.
7 days ago
Suzannesh said...
A vacation is just what you should do. Please put yourself first. Right now you need to be selfish and go on vacation. He will get over his hurt feelings. You have earned this vacation. Just do it. Hugs.
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