New caregiver support group forming
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Recognizing the need caregivers
have for support in the challenges they face, The Christian Village
is organizing a local caregiver support group. Called Caregivers
Together, the new group is open to all caregivers.
The group will be launched with special kickoff on Thursday at 1:30
p.m. in the Senior Apartment Building at The Christian Village. Lee
Schall, herself a local caregiver, will share encouraging stories
and provide information. Caregivers also will be able to enjoy
treats from the ice cream sundae bar.
Those who attend will have the opportunity to share what support
they would like to see from the new group.
"Providing care for a loved one can be an emotionally exhausting
and isolating venture," noted Jo Hilliard, Christian Village
administrator. "Usually it runs in cycles, sometimes better and
sometimes more intense. Our goal is to offer a friendly arm to lean
on to remove the isolation factor and to provide emotional support."
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Nearly 30 percent of the U.S. adult population at any time is
providing care to a family member or friend, according to the
National Alliance for Caregiving. More than three-fourths of them
want more help or information about caregiving topics, but don't
know where to turn.
[Text from file received from
The Christian Village]