Many caregivers are hesitant to try to a support group. For some people, the idea of sharing personal feelings with a group of strangers seems silly or intimidating.
Support groups are much more than “sharing feelings”. Groups are great for getting insights on how to handle specific issues, such as communicating with a difficult older adult or handling the stress of caregiving. They are also a good place for exchanging tips on what community and professional care services have been helpful. Since groups are composed of people who are in similar situations, they are likely to have had similar experiences that you can learn from.
If you would like more information, or would like to talk about starting an additional support group, please contact the Council on Aging at 608-757-5472.