Caregiver Support Groups & Wellness Programs
In order to effectively help others, caregivers must care for themselves.
Despite being one of the most important things a caregiver can do, caring for oneself is also one of the most forgotten. Caregivers often find difficulty maintaining personal relationships and personal activities, taking care of their own health, and finding time to embrace healthy lifestyle habits that boost their overall quality of life. When a caregiver's needs are taken care of, the care recipient will benefit as well.
Caregiver support groups and wellness programs are a great option for caregivers who wish to take control of their own health in a way that benefits both them and their care recipient.
Care2Caregivers is a free, confidential help line for anyone concerned about or caring for someone with memory issues. The hotline can be reached at 1-800-424-2494.
Finding a group
The Self-Help Group Clearing House helps people find and form all types of self-help support groups in order to provide hope, strength and experience to those in need.
Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers is a nine-week program that consists of weekly 90-minute sessions with a small group of caregivers. During these sessions, caregivers will learn many new skills, including information about the disease process, stress management techniques, and other valuable areas of expertise. For more information or to find a class in your area, call DoAS at call 609-438-4797 or 609-438-4798.
In each county, the Area Agency on Aging AAA/Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC) offers wellness programs for caregivers and older adults through a network of providers. More information can be found by contacting your local AAA/ADRC through 1-877-222-3737.