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Caregivers don’t need to do it alone

For the Nevada Appeal

As Americans, we pride ourselves on taking matters into our own hands and solving our own problems. But, if you suddenly find yourself taking care of a seriously ill or disabled loved one and becoming what is called a “caregiver,” then, you will need support, not solitude.

Many of those new to full-time care giving try to go it alone. They feel different from others and can’t imagine that anyone could begin to understand their situation. So, unfortunately they make matters worse by suffering alone and eventually they become overwhelmed, exhausted and even ill themselves.

There are a multitude of problems that come with caring for another human being or providing on-going care to a loved one. The members of the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Caregivers Support Group meet regularly to act as “sounding boards” for each other. Each month, the group shares the most current information focusing on the medical, legal and emotional issues of care giving.

Come share your story at this month’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Rectory on 312 N. Division Street in Carson City.

Also being planned is a field trip to the Carson And Rural Elder Law Program at 3 p.m. April 1. All are welcome to attend.

Don’t suffer in silence until the next crisis, call Dr. Deb Cash at 887-8846 for more information about the Caregivers Support Group.