Being a caregiver is not easy, but you are not alone.
Meeting on a monthly basis, over 30 caregiver support groups in the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter provide a consistent, caring place for discussion of the challenges of caregiving. Caregivers come to share experiences, tips, information, and offer support in a setting facilitated by staff or trained volunteers.
(Note: Support Group Operations have been adjusted to ensure the health and safety of our constituents during COVID-19.)
First time attendees: Meeting dates are subject to change due to inclement weather and holidays. To keep our schedule current, a new revision is occasionally posted.
Our caregiver support groups offer the opportunity to:
- Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and their possible solutions
- Share different ways of adapting to the continuing stress of coping
- Share feelings, needs and concerns in a confidential, safe, supportive, non-threatening and non-judgmental atmosphere
- Express and work though feelings associated with caregiving (e.g. fear, frustration, worry, guilt, anger and other emotions) with peers who have experienced similar feelings
- Assist family members in developing realistic expectations of themselves and their cognitively impaired loved ones, and to understand the impact of the disease on family dynamics
- Provide social contact for family members who feel isolated because of their constant, continuing care of their loved one
- Establish sympathetic connections between families dealing with similar experiences so they can call on each other between meetings when things are difficult or isolating
- Emphasize the importance of maintaining physical and mental health of the caregiver through use of respite, continued involvement or re-involvement in family life, work, community, and social and recreational activities
Funded in part by the State of Ohio through the Area Agency on Aging Region 9, 10A, 10B and 11, Inc. and the Ohio Department of Aging.
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