” It’s my anchor…” / “Very Supportive…” / “Knowing I’m not alone.”

“It’s my anchor….” “Very supportive and professional….” “Knowing that I’m not alone….”
These are recent comments about the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group. This drop-in group meets twice a month. It is for Oakmont residents who are caring for a family member.
Are you providing help to someone who is physically ill and no longer able to do what he or she used to do? Or maybe your dear one has signs of memory loss or dementia. It might be your spouse, a parent, an ill child, or even a dear friend. It can feel overwhelming at times! You are invited to join this ongoing group. It doesn’t matter if the person lives with you, lives in his or her own home, or lives in a facility.
“It’s an opportunity for people to share concerns, to talk about juggling life and caregiving, and to find out about local resources,” says Dorothy Foster, LMFT, who facilitates the group. “The topics of discussion vary from week to week. One week it might be how to keep a loved one safe. The next time it might be where to get quality information on veterans’ benefits. Everyone gets a chance to talk, but members have said that sometimes the biggest benefit lies in hearing how others are handling similar situations.”
You don’t have to tough it out alone. The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, 10:30 am to noon, in the Central Activities Center, Room B. For more information contact Vickie Jackanich, 595-3054 or email: dicnvic@comcast.net

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