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80% of Caregivers Report Strain on Their Marriages
Date:2/5/2009

giver's relationship with their spouse. By providing relationship tips and pointing out warning signs, Caring.com is helping to nurture caregivers in a meaningful way by helping them keep their relationships strong."

Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz have worked with married couples for more than 25 years and have interviewed thousands of couples around the world to discover the secrets of successful marriages and to understand how to keep love alive during challenging times. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, Caring.com is working with the "marriage doctors" to offer helpful tips on how to infuse a little nurturing and romance back into a relationship.

"Our study of successfully married couples over more than two decades reveals that caring for aging parents is yet another challenge they are capable of dealing with, because the strength of their relationship carries them through the good times and the bad," said Dr. Charles Schmitz.

Following are some helpful tips from the "marriage doctors" for coping with the challenges of caring for aging parents while maintaining and strengthening your marriage:

  1. Talk openly with each other about feelings, emotions, and stresses as they relate to your care of aging parents.
  2. Make a concerted effort every day to keep the flame of your love affair with each other alive.
  3. Approach all financial challenges with teamwork and open communication.
  4. Don't blame each other when things get tough, since casting blame never solved a problem.
  5. Don't wallow in self-pity; it's a wasted emotion.
  6. Enhance your love relationship by providing each other occasional time for privacy and solitude.
  7. Remember that the simple things matter in marriage, and they need to be practiced each day.

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