New: Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group!

Today’s blog article written by our brand-new Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Toebbe!

Did you know that it takes three full-time people to care for one person suffering from moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease?  Even those of us who have superhero capes may find the experience quickly overwhelming if the caregiver burden is less than equitably distributed.

On the third Friday of each month at 2 PM, JFCS’ Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is held for caregivers who need to speak with, and vent to each other.  Although we will occasionally have speakers, caregivers become the experts who help each other, even while they are being helped.

Caregivers often find accepting help difficult, thinking they can “do it all”, only to fall ill themselves from the stress of caregiving.  This support group will encourage respite care, attention to personal health, good mental hygiene, and coping skills.

As a fully trained, and certified Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator, my job is mainly to provide the venue, ensure an atmosphere conducive to helping, and encouragement, and direct folks who need more help to appropriate agency representatives.

Please spread the word!

For more information, please feel free to contact Kim at 452-6341 ext 103.

 

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