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They say ole’ dogs don’t learn new tricks. Which may be certainly be true, but I did learn a new and extremely effective phrase when helping caregivers understand the benefit of joining a support group. Read more

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Especially after having gone through a life-threating illness? Do we want reminders of what may have been a difficult time for us? Apparently, we do. Read more

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I am a facilitator of a Cancer Caregiver Support Group in Ohio. We have monthly meetings at two different facilities in two different counties on the second Tuesday and second Wednesday of the month. Read more

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When it was suggested to me that I might benefit from an Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers, I remember smiling politely and thanking the well-meaning party. I also remember my exact thought as I turned away. “ Read more

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Caregiver Jujitsu - / kair-giv-er ju•jit•su / –a method developed to help caregivers take advantage of important resources by turning their negative responses into positive action. Read more

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I am a co-facilitator of a local Alzheimer's support group.  The trouble I am having is that the caregivers are dealing with various stages of the disease and some have already lost their loved ones. Read more

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How many times in your caregiving have you heard the words “New Normal”? I myself have used the term in talking to others and at our cancer caregiver meetings. Read more

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While friends are essential, it turns out that other primary caregivers who share your emotional and physical roller coaster ride may offer the best source of help. Read more

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“Doctor, are you sure?” I questioned.“We’re never sure, but all indications point to Alzheimer’s as your mom’s diagnosis. Read more

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I take care of my 39 year old son who is dying from liver disease. He is on hospice care at home but they only come out once a week. Read more

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I am looking to start a caregiver support group through our church. I need help starting, literature etc. Does anyone have suggestions please. Read more

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At last night's meeting there was a lot of talk about guilt...guilt about getting angry, not wanting to spend time with a family member with dementia... Read more

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A caregiver support group is a regularly scheduled, informal gathering of people whose lives are directly or indirectly affected by the caregiving needs of another. If you are thinking about starting a support group, start here. Read more

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