Caregiving: Dealing with the strain on your marriage

Caregiving and marital strain often go hand in hand. Know the impact caregiving can have on your marriage and what you can do about it.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Marriage isn't always easy. This can be especially true for those acting as a caregiver for a parent, in-law or other loved one with Alzheimer's. Understand how caregiving might affect your marriage and what steps you can take to protect your relationship.

Source of marital strain

Taking care of someone with Alzheimer's can be consuming and stressful and that stress can affect your marriage. Caregiving can affect your relationship with your spouse by:

  • Posing a financial burden
  • Cutting into your time together as a couple
  • Cutting into the time you have for family matters, such as child care and housework
  • Causing frustration and fatigue
  • Causing resentment of the loved one in need or of your spouse
  • Creating tension or conflict between your spouse and other family members involved in your loved one's care
  • Creating more things to disagree about
March 24, 2015 See more In-depth