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Unresolved Issues in Family Caregiving

By Kristine Dwyer, LSW and
Douglas Heck, PhD

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In summary, many of us find ourselves faced with mixed emotions toward providing care for our parents. These feelings may be mild or more severe and perhaps based upon years of past family conflicts. Whether you decide to resolve the issues or not, providing positive care for your parents is the goal. Many caregivers have used this time in their lives to address difficulties which can then hopefully lead to reconciliation, healing and a more meaningful caregiving experience.


Douglas G. Heck, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with the Duluth Psychological Clinic in Duluth, MN. He specializes in working with clients with chronic illness, and their spouses and families.

Kristine Dwyer, LSW is the Caregiver Consultant for Carlton County Public Health in Cloquet, Minnesota

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