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Letter: Caregiver Support Group a valuable resource

By Joanne Bartosh, A.C.E. of SW Minnesota

I am writing to help spread the word about A.C.E. of SW Minnesota’s Caregiver Support Group.  Studies show that caregiving for a spouse, parent or friend is on the rise as our population is aging. The number of caregivers facing emotional, mental and physical burnout is also rising. We may not be able to fix all the issues that a caregiver is facing, but sharing the load with others who understand may be a lifesaver for some.  

The purpose of a support group is to provide an opportunity for caregivers and their family members to meet and develop a mutual support system. Families who come to support groups are looking for other people who really understand because “they’ve been there, too.”

 A Caregiver Support Group provides an opportunity for members to exchange practical information on caregiving problems and their possible solution. Members may share different ways of adapting to the continuing stress of coping while providing much-needed social contact for family members who feel isolated because of their continuing care of their loved one.

A.C.E. of SW Minnesota provides a trained Caregiver Coach to facilitate each meeting on the second Monday of each month. The next support group meeting will be at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 at the Center for Active Living, 211 11th St., Worthington. There is no charge to attend, and meetings are open to all caregivers.  

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