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The Carthage Press
  • New, free Caregivers Together support group to begin

  • To help face the challenges of caring for a loved one, a new support group is beginning May 7.
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  • To help face the challenges of caring for a loved one, a new support group is beginning May 7.
    Jinny Hopp, AARP volunteer and retired University of Missouri Extension educator, will lead a free, eight-week session at Mercy Hospital Carthage for individuals who care for family members called Caregivers Together.
    “I want to make a difference in people's lives, and there is a growing need here,” Hopp said. “The AARP has wonderful resources and information, and all literature you read about caregivers says for caregivers to care for themselves as well. This is an opportunity for caregivers to come together and support each other.”
    A few of the many discussion topics for the group include: family dynamics, balancing responsibilities, doctor visits, time management, a look at your health and well-being, and legal issues.
    “Legal issues is a major factor in caregivers' lives,” Hopp said. “People may not be aware, or are leery, to seek an attorney. But we will try to have the resources to direct them to someone who specializes in what they're dealing with for legal advice.”
    Caregivers can be anyone caring for any type of family member. Such as, a sibling caring for an elderly sibling, or a family member caring for an adult with a disability. Hopp said she wants to know her group's situations in the beginning, but anyone interested in the support group can join anytime during the eight weeks.
    “It can be extremely stressful to carry the responsibility of caring for a loved one, and this group will make it easier to find resources to help, and connect with others,” she said.
    The free sessions will begin May 7 from noon-1 p.m., and continue every Wednesday through June. For questions, or to RSVP, call 359-1351.

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