Caregiving is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities most of us experience in a lifetime. Belonging to a support group can be a lifeline on this journey.
Each week Paula Falk, director of the Caregiver Resource Center at Senior Friendship Centers in Sarasota, Florida, moderates a support group of caregivers dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's. She's helped to provide guidance and a constant reminder to each member that they're not alone, that it's okay to feel frustrated, sad, even angry, but to not lose sight of their own health and mental wellness.
Many members of this support group have become good friends and provide a support network. Now, we want to share what we've learned in a series of short podcasts, each one about a tip to help you stay focused on your own health and well-being as well as the loved one you're caring for..
Skip Cohen is the moderator of the program. He and his father are caregivers for his mother, who has Alzheimer's. They attend a weekly support group facilitated by Paula Falk at the Friendship Centers Caregiver Resource Center. A new program in the "Ten Minutes With Paula" series is released every ten days.