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The Important Role of Good Friends in the Life of a Caregiver

 By: Teri Shepherd

As a Caregiver, I am thankful everyday for the good friends I have in my life. As the saying goes, "A good friend is hard to find." I don't know why or how I became so lucky, but I feel like I have an abundance of wealth because I have good friends in my life.

My friends are very different from one another, but each one of them provides me with some of the support I need to be a happier, healthier caregiver.

So, what makes my friends so great? Well, they know who I am as a person and they recognize when I'm out of sorts. They don't hesitate to ask, "What's the matter? How can I help?"

Some of my good friends act as lifelines to keep me connected to my life outside of caregiving. They let me know if there are noticeable changes in my attitude, appearance, or my interactions with others. Giving me a heads up call isn't easy for most of my friends, but they don't give up and are very good at tossing me a buoy and pulling me back to safe ground. 

Having a good friend who is also a caregiver is a wonderful blessing and quite beneficial, because we share ideas and collaborate on solutions for happier, healthier caregiving. 

Staying connected to good friends is an important component of preventative health measures (Mayo Clinic, 2016). The connection helps you feel worthy and better about yourself. "It's similar to eating nutritious foods like green leafy vegetables and an apple a day to keep the doctor away."