Caring For Yourself While Caring for Others
Caring for someone with a chronic illness like MS can be deeply satisfying. Spouses and partners, family, and friends can be drawn more closely together by their shared concerns and collaborative efforts. But caregiving can also be physically and emotionally exhausting, particularly for the primary caregiver. While this is most often a partner or spouse, the primary caregiver may also be an adult child, parent, or friend. Whoever you are, remember that paying attention to your own health and well-being is essential to being able to care for someone else. This teleconference will discuss the challenges faced by caregivers and provide tips for staying well, avoiding burnout, and getting the support and help needed.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Rosalind Kalb
Dr. Kalb is the Director of the Professional Resource Center at the National MS Society. She has edited two books—Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have; The Answers You Need, now in its 4th edition, and Multiple Sclerosis: A Guide for Families, now in its third edition. She is also the senior author of Multiple Sclerosis for Dummies, and co-author with Dr. Nicholas LaRocca of Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges.