4.2.12 According to recent statistics, about 46 million American adults – or more than 20 percent of the population – are considered caregivers for family members or friends. Without doubt, a caregiver’s work can be immensely rewarding – but there are also many emotional, physical and financial strains that come with being a caregiver.
It can be easy to become overwhelmed as a caregiver. The National Family Caregiving Association has provided a list of tips for caregivers that we’ve included a link to on MOCA’s Caregiving Resource page.
Among their top tips:
• When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things they can do.
• Watch out for signs of depression, and don’t delay in getting professional help when you need it.
• Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition and how to communicate effectively with doctors.
If you are a caregiver, make plans to attend our next MOCA Living Well session. Caregivers will meet to discuss caregiving issues with licensed social worker Brenda Hartman, while survivors meet separately to learn about complementary therapies from local providers. We are excited to offer this dual session that will provide meaningful discussion and education for both survivors and caregivers.
MOCA Living Well: Caregiving and Complementary Therapies
Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Southdale Library, Edina