GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sometimes the stress and guilt of caregiving can take a toll just about as devastating as what the person who is sick goes through, according to caregiving expert Joni Aldrich.
Aldrich's husband developed brain cancer at age 43 and then she cared for her mother who was also terminally ill.
"Caregiver burnout is very real; especially if you're in the sandwich generation, when you care for an elderly parent and also a child at the same time. It's exhausting," says Aldrich. She now shares her experiences and advice for caregivers on a radio show and has written books about it.
Lucille Hart lives in Tennessee, but now spends all of her time in Greensboro, caring for her 90-year-old father. She was already the caregiver for her husband who had cancer and then her mother.
"That part about him being your dad is emotional, it takes a toll, medically and otherwise because you want to get it right,” Hart said. “But then there are these precious moments, when you hear him pray, thank God for you being here. That's a precious moment."
Aldrich is working with Lambeth Troxler Community Care to offer a free workshop Tuesday morning at Wesley Long at the Cone Health Cancer Center. The event is from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will help caregivers with the reality of caring long-term for a loved one. To register, call 273-3401.