3 reasons to join a caregiver support group

September 29th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

Joining a caregiver support group provides companionship and advice from people who know exactly what you're going through.

As a caregiver, you have a lot on your plate. Besides taking care of your loved one and managing time to spend with the rest of your family, monitoring your own health and well-being is crucial. But sometimes, you may feel like you're in a rut that you can't get out of, which makes taking care of yourself seem like a low priority.

Many caregivers find that face-to-face connections with people who know exactly what you are going through are invaluable. Consider these four reasons to join a caregiver support group today:

1. You can develop new friendships
Joining a caregiver support group opens up an opportunity to build friendships and bonds with individuals who are having similar experiences. And these friendships will often last long after leaving said support groups, according to Rita Altman, senior vice president of memory care and program services at Sunrise.

"Even after a loved one has passed, I know of many people who continue their friendships with those who they have leaned on in their support group," she said.

You'll likely make friendships to last a lifetime. You'll likely make friendships to last a lifetime.

2.  It's an outlet for stress
Being a caregiver can be an emotional experience. If you choose to hold in your stress, it's likely that it'll build up until you reach an unhealthy boiling point. By attending a caregiver support group, you'll be surrounded by people who understand exactly what you're going through. You can express your feelings and receive advice on how to cope with the stress. Even the simple act of letting it all out will likely take the weight off your shoulders.

3. It's an educational opportunity
Meeting with other caregivers also opens up an opportunity to continue your education, according to U.S. News & World Report. When others share their experiences, they might answer a pressing question or concern you have about your loved one. Information provided by other caregivers can help you get a better understanding of what your aging parent is going through and what you can do to provide the most care and support.

Making time for yourself is a crucial factor in caregiving. Use resources such as this search map from the Alzheimer's Association to find a caregiver support group near you. Or, reach out to your local Sunrise community where support groups are held regularly.

Source: Sunrise Senior Living

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