Common Changes to Expect
Common Changes to Expect

Part 4: What are possible physical, mental and spiritual health changes?

These are changes in physical and mental health that you may experience as a care partner.


  • Fatigue
  • Illness
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Loss/increase of weight and/or appetite
  • Feeling confused
  • Mood swings 
  • Stopping work or volunteering activities


Examples from others who have experienced these changes:

"I get very frustrated. I am not a violent man, but sometimes I feel like smashing things."

"My outlook seems futile. I have had so many relapses and then healthy bouts that it gets discouraging."

"I get worn out, isolated, somewhat depressed, and sometimes desperate to take a break from the responsibility."

"With breaks, having exercise classes (kick boxing boot camp and yoga). I was able to channel my frustrations, focus on just me, making me feel better physically and mentally."