Caregiver Support Group to Begin Meeting in New Hampton
posted 11/7/2017 in
Are you a caregiver for an older family member or friend? You may not consider what you do as caregiving. Do you help with your parents’ household chores and finances? Or mow your neighbor’s yard? Do you drive an elderly friend to her doctor appointment? If so, then you are among approximately 34.2 million Americans who provide informal care each year. The care you provide allows your friend or loved one to stay independent and in their home for as long as they desire.
Many caregivers are providing care for an older adult while working and caring for their own families. While caregiving can be rewarding, it can also be stressful. Unfortunately, many caregivers will forego their own needs to care for others.
To help caregivers, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging is offering a Caregiver Support Group for individuals caring for an elderly spouse, grandparent, mother, father, relative or non-relative such as a neighbor. Group members receive education on caregiving, share success stories and coping strategies, and discuss useful resources through the caregiving journey.
Facilitated by Kelly Kuennen, Family Caregiver Specialist at NEI3A, the Caregiver Support Group will meet the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. at the New Hampton Public Library, 20 West Spring Street in New Hampton. There is no cost to attend. If you have questions, call Kelly at 563-277-6024.