It’s estimated that over 30 million Americans provide support for someone in their home or family. This responsibility can make anyone feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Feeling overwhelmed for an extended period of time can lead to burnout.
It can feel like you’re the only person dealing with so much. You’re the only person who feels this pain. That can lead to a loneliness of the worse kind. The one where you’re around people everyday but no one understands what you’re going through.
That’s why caregiver support groups are so helpful. They’re filled with people in similar situations.
Being able to talk with others who truly understand what you’re going through reduces stress, validates your experience, and gives connection and support.
The website DailyCaring.com has great advice for caregivers. We particularly like their list of benefits for joining a caregiver support group.
Here are 8 top benefits:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Reducing depression, anxiety, or distress
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
- Getting advice or information about practical solutions or treatment options
- Improving or learning healthy coping skills
- Getting a better understanding of what to expect in the future
- Improving caregiving skills and giving better quality of life to your older adult
- Learning about ways to keep your older adult at home longer
Find a caregiver support group in your area
- Local hospitals or community centers almost always have handouts with lists of local support groups
- Enter your zip code in the Eldercare Locator to find the Area Agency on Aging for your area. Call and ask about support groups offered by local organizations.
- For support groups focused on specific health conditions, check websites for information about local meetings. Popular sites include:
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