Caring for elderly dad but feel isolated and alone and hopeless

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    I am a single working man in his 50s, caring for my dad who is 85. I moved in with him a few years ago and he’s is a great person to be around, but I am beginning to feel isolated and depleted of energy. I am self-employed and am must barely getting by. I have no social life of my own. I feel like my life is just passing me by and, when my dad finally passes away, I’ll have nothing left to rebuild my life. I don’t like where we are living, but it’s where he lives and wants to stay. I’d like to move somewhere, like the city, where I can be happy, but I know he will not do well there. I’m feeling pretty hopeless these days and that scares me, even though I have good friends and access to counseling. Any thoughts or advice are greatly appreciated.



    Caregiver support groups could be very helpful to you – look for one in your area, local hospitals or seniors center might post information about them. An online resource is National Caregiver Alliance,

    Other places to look for help are:
    • Family members or friends who will listen without judgment
    • Your church, temple, or other place of worship
    • A therapist, social worker, or counselor

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