Gary Joseph LeBlanc

Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist specializing in dementia care. He has authored over 350 articles on the subject.

The Pain of Caregiver Depression

This morning I sat on the back porch with a cup of steaming hot coffee and did nothing but simply listen to the birds waking up. As I watched the first blush of day, I let my mind drift, remembering the mornings when I didn’t have the freedom to execute this simple act. Then unexpectedly, my mind took a turn to the days, and even months following Dad’s passing, when I suddenly had the free time for a morning like this, but found I could not enjoy it. Loneliness and depression had paralyzed me emotionally which, in turn, made even getting out of bed at a normal hour impossible.