Caregivers of older adults are some of the most selfless people in the world. They give up their time, money and energy to assist an elderly loved one. But is it possible to be too selfless as a caregiver? Absolutely, and it can have grave consequences.
Caregivers experience more illnesses and injuries than their counterparts in the same age group who are not providing care to dependent loved ones. Once a family member commits to care for an older loved one, it is common for the caregiving to consume that person’s life. Eventually some caregivers believe they are the only ones who can care properly for their family member. Tunnel-vision takes over and caregiving becomes their identity.