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Isolation is a common concern among caregivers. Studies show that the lack of social interaction and stimulation from individuals other than their care recipient, especially when cognitive impairment is present, can be an undeniable trigger for loneliness.
Addressing isolation is critical and any way that caregivers can connect with peers, professional support, and friend/colleague support networks is a priority.
CANCER BUZZ spoke to Allison Applebaum, PhD, Psychologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, NY. Listen as Dr. Applebaum discusses combatting the feeling of isolation among caregivers.
Allison Applebaum, PhDPsychologistMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew York City, NY
"…Inevitably all caregivers will experience isolation."
"Many caregivers have it together, they’re on top of everything. They are organized, they are experts at this, but they are falling apart inside. You aren’t going to know if you don’t ask."
This project is supported by EMD Serono.
The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s)/faculty member(s) and do not reflect the official policy or position of their employer(s) or the Association of Community Cancer Centers.