What we're about

Are you informally taking care of an older adult: a spouse, parent, sibling, friend or neighbor? Whether you help out full-time or just a few hours a week, caregiving is hard work and can be a strain on your emotional, psychological, financial, and physical well-being. Maybe you work at the same time, or have a family of your own to take care of, too. Maybe you’re just too exhausted to keep on top of it all. This monthly meet-up group is for informal (non-professional) caregivers of older adults. It is a space to share your experiences and learn from other caregivers who are in a similar position.

The group will be organized and facilitated by Sarina Issenberg, a Licensed Social Worker and counselor with CARES, a caregiver support program at Lutheran Settlement House. Additional times, locations, and events can be arranged. Please call or email with any questions!

Why Support Groups?

Check out this article by the Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/support-groups/art-20044655/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alzheimers-caregiving) to learn more about the benefits of support groups for caregivers

Upcoming events (5)

[Online/Virtual/Phone-In] Caregivers of Older Adults Support Group

Hi, Everyone! Due to COVID-19 restrictions and in effort to keep you and your loved ones safe, the caregiver support groups will be held online for the time being. Being a caregiver is difficult and it's exponentially more challenging now. At this support group we will talk about ways you can stay mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy while caregiving -- along with any other caregiver-related issues that are on your mind. To join us 1) download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/download --> once downloaded, this link will take you directly to the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/488981239pwd=WDIxRldENk9YQnRzVzFyZHRuV1dIZz09 2) enter https://join.zoom.us. into your browser then follow prompts 3) or call in using your telephone (directions below) Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] I encourage you to join by video and to ask questions using the chat feature in the lower right corner. *** In the meantime, if you are a Philadelphia caregiver of an older adult (55+) and need someone to talk to or any critical supplies (food, medicine, etc.) please send me an email through MeetUp or [masked]. *** Stay healthy. Stay safe. Warmly, Sarina --------------------------------------------------------------------- How to join the Caregiver Support Group 4/30/20 1.By computer or smart phone: If you have downloaded Zoom... enter https://zoom.us/j/488981239?pwd=WDIxRldENk9YQnRzVzFyZHRuV1dIZz09 into your web browser If you have not downloaded Zoom... enter https://join.zoom.us. into your browser then follow prompts ****************************** Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] ***************************** 2. By telephone: Dial: (646)[masked] Then Enter:[masked]# Alternate Number Dial: (312)[masked] Then Enter:[masked]# * If you have trouble joining, this article should help: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

[Online/Virtual/Call-in] Caregivers of Older Adults - Morning Support Group

For the unforeseeable future, the caregivers of older adults support group has moved online! We are using a platform called Zoom that allows us to talk as a group - like a conference call with video capabilities. If you have a smart phone or a computer with a camera, I highly encourage you to join the meeting that way. It will make it feel more like a real group and it makes it easier to follow whoever is talking. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR TROUBLE ACCESSING THE SUPPORT GROUP, PLEASE EMAIL ME: [masked] 1) You can download Zoom for free: https://zoom.us/download --> then click on the link: https://zoom.us/j/392407490?pwd=YU12d0dJTVE1WHZPaEphb0VZYmY2QT09 2) Or you can enter https://join.zoom.us. into your browser and follow the prompts Meeting ID:[masked] Meeting Password:[masked] You can also dial in by telephone 3) Dial: (646)[masked] Then Enter:[masked]# About the Caregivers of Older Adults Support Group This meetup group offers support for unpaid caregivers of older adults. Whatever your reasons and circumstances are, there's no getting around it: caregiving can be overwhelming. Learning to manage stress and take care of yourself is part of being a good caregiver. Our meetup is a space for caregivers of older adults to share their experiences, exchange information, and develop strategies for reducing caregiver burnout. The group is facilitated by Sarina Issenberg, a Licensed Social Worker with the CARES (CAregivers REducing Stress) program at Lutheran Settlement House. RSVP through MeetUp. If you have questions, please email: [masked] -- or -- call: (215)[masked], x1207

Caregivers of Older Adults Support Group - Northeast Regional Library

Northeast Regional Library

Learning to manage stress and take care of yourself is critical to being a good caregiver. This meetup group offers support for unpaid family caregivers of older adults. We are a space for family caregivers of older adults to share their experiences, exchange information, and develop strategies for reducing caregiver burnout. The group is facilitated by Sarina Issenberg, a Licensed Social Worker with the CARES (CAregivers REducing Stress) program at Lutheran Settlement House. Please RSVP by emailing: [masked] -- or -- calling: (215)[masked], x1207

Caregivers of Older Adults Support Group - Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme

Wesley Enhanced Living Burholme

This meetup group offers support for informal/family caregivers of older adults. Whatever your reasons and circumstances are, there's no getting around it: caregiving can be both rewarding and stressful. Still, you don't have to be overwhelmed by your responsibilities. Learning to manage stress and take care of yourself is part of being a good caregiver. Our meetup is a space for caregivers of older adults to share their experiences, exchange information, and develop strategies for reducing caregiver burnout. The group is facilitated by Sarina Issenberg, a Licensed Social Worker with the CARES (CAregivers REducing Stress) program at Lutheran Settlement House: https://www.lutheransettlement.org/programs/cares/ Please RSVP through MeetUp. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me by emailing: [masked] calling: (215)[masked], x1207 Light dinner and refreshments provided! * Due to unpredictable weather, location changes, facilitator illness, holidays, and/or other possibilities, we ask that you RSVP for each group. If the group is cancelled for any reason, the facilitator will make every attempt to notify you.

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