Live chat with expert: Jennifer Fitzpatrick

Caregivers are amazing individuals, selflessly devoting their time, energy and financial resources to make life better for a loved one living with dementia. Despite good intentions, many caregivers unintentionally take on too much, putting their own health and well-being at risk. When caregivers develop “the martyr syndrome” and are reluctant to look for or accept help, the consequences can be devastating. Join expert Jennifer Fitzpatrick, author of “Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Love One” and host Lakelyn Hogan us for an interactive discussion to learn how to set caregiving limits while still providing excellent care for a loved one.

About the expert

Jennifer Fitzpatrick
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP is the author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One and a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University. The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer has been featured in national media such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, The Huffington Post and countless others.

3 thoughts on “Boundaries in Caregiving: Preventing & Avoiding the Martyr Syndrome

  • N

    This presentation lacked guidance in dealing with family members who, when asked, ignore requests for caregiving assistance.

    • Becky-Sue

      I just finished listening to this presentation. In response to “N”; as someone who helped with my aging in-laws and am also a health care aide for long-term care and those awaiting a room in such facilities … well, I’ve witnessed very much about what you are alluding to.
      I have discovered that as you ask for assistance a couple of times and then there is no response it quite often takes outside sources like supervisors of home care aides (if you are receiving some home care?) or other medical advocates approaching family members about their involvement.

      My heart goes out to you and you probably need a ((hug)).

  • AnnMarie Schneider

    Wonderful talk. I am going to share this at the support groups I do. I see so much of caregiver burnout.

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