If so, you’re not alone. According to a Caring.com study, eighty percent of baby boomers caring for an aging parent say that it has put a strain on their marriage. In some cases, the pressures of caregiving are so severe that it leads to the unfortunate demise of the relationship, with 25% of divorced baby boomers stating that caregiving played a major role in their divorce.
The reasons that caregiving can erode marital bliss are easily identifiable – the added financial burden, the stress of caring for an elderly parent, the time spent caring for aging parents reduces the amount of bonding time one has with their romantic partner, etc. Caring.com has consulted with “marriage doctors” who have offered their expert tips on coping with the challenges of caring for aging parents while maintaining and strengthening your marriage. Their advice includes:
Has your marriage been impacted by providing care for an elderly relative? What steps have you taken to nurture your romantic relationship while still being a good caregiver?