Caregiver support group links

by the Editor, SeniorInsider | May 31, 2011

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”  Flora Edwards

Support groups are more and more common in our society, and with the sharp increase in the elderly population as well as the advent of more and more unpaid caregivers, the need for caregiver support groups has also grown by leaps and bounds.

Caregiver burnout is, unfortunately, more and more common. Support groups for caregivers can offer comfort and encourage. Caregiver support groups can offer validation to the caregiver, allowing them to hold onto their identity, as well as giving them “permission” to take care of themselves throughout their caregiving journey.  Caregivers and families are able to come together in a safe support group and share their feelings of sadness or frustration as well as get the latest ideas and innovations to make their caregiving duties much easier.

Finding a Local Caregiving Support Group


Your path to finding the perfect support group for your personality and situation can start by asking at your local hospital, rehab center, churches, nursing homes or local chapters of the disease-specific programs such as those for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Local groups may also be advertised in your local city newspaper or on the local community bulletin boards. Most local caregiving support group meetings will be scheduled every two weeks or once per month, either during the day or evening. These support groups are fully cognizant of the fact that caregiving can totally consume your life, so they attempt to have meetings which accommodate the most number of caregivers.

Below are a few of the national caregiver organizations you may want to check into. Even though they may be nationwide, many of them will have local chapters in your area.

Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)
800-227-7294

CAPS can assist caregivers with a wide network of support groups.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
800-445-8106

FCA is the leading agency in California for resources for caregivers, although services can be accessed nationwide.

Friends’ Health Connection
800-483-7436

Friends’ Health Connection puts the family caregiver of those with illness or disability in touch with others experiencing the same issues.

National Alliance for Caregiving


This website can help family caregivers learn about sources of help available to them, locally and nationally.

National Family Caregivers Association

800-896-3650

NFCA is dedicated to empowering family caregivers by providing education and advocacy.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


This is the federal website which contains links to over 6,000 resources and tips for caregivers.

AgingCare.com
239-594-3235

This website helps people who are caregivers for their elderly parents find the support and local resources they need.

AGIS Network
866-511-9186

Provides education and support for family caregivers as well as family of the elderly.

CareConnection.com


A website devoted to family caregivers which offers access to the latest health news, elder care specialist, insurance help and coping advice.

Caregivinghelp.org
773-381-6008

Covers the various phases of caregiving, and offers a wide variety of resources.

Home Instead – Caregivers Stress

Home Instead Senior Care provides this website to help family caregivers cope with the stress which accompanies their caregiving duties.

Next Step in Care


This website offers a wide range of guides for family caregivers of those with a serious illness.

Share the Care
212-991-9688

This is an organization dedicated to preventing caregiver burnout.

Strength for Caring

866-466-3458

Online resources for family caregivers which will allow them to successfully take care of their loved ones and themselves.

There are many, many more support groups you will find helpful, both online and locally.  Check out several of them until you find one you are completely comfortable with.

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