If you’re a caregiver, you’re not alone. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found that 4.4 million Americans age 18 or older are providing unpaid care to an adult. That would amount to approximately $257 billion per year in paid care. Caregiver services can go on for a brief period or for a lifetime, with family caregivers providing a wide range of services from emotional, social and financial support to nursing and homemaker services on a daily basis. Throughout it all, one thing is certain. Your family member wants YOU performing this role above anyone else.
The JFCS Klein Older Adult Department provides a wide range of programs to assist caregivers. These programs are provided free of charge through funding from KIPDA Area Agency on Aging through the older Americans Act and the Cabinet for Health Services.
Support groups are offered in five locations across town. Participants have the opportunity for mutual problem solving and to learn about general aging issues, boundary setting, self-care, establishing realistic expectations and resources. Groups are facilitated by trained geriatric counselors.
For more information, you can contact Mauri Malka – she’s our Director of Klein Older Adult Services – at 452-6341 ext. 250. Find out how we can help you in your caregiving!