Free training and support for family caregivers
The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in May. This month’s theme is “Celebrate Your Age (It’s Older Americans Month”).
May 5, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m.
May 12, Caregiver support meeting at Soldotna Senior Center, 1 p.m.
May 14, Caregiver support meeting at Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program in the Blazy Mall, 5 p.m.
May 19, Caregiver support meeting at Kenai Senior Center, 1 p.m.
May 19, Caregiver support meeting at Anchor Point Senior Center, 3 p.m. Hosted by Paula Koch
May 26, Caregiver support meeting at Soldotna Senior Center, 1 p.m.
Please join and share your experiences as a caregiver, or support someone who is a caregiver. If you are helping a family member of friend by being a caregiver, learn what kind of help is available. There is no charge for these services and everyone is invited to attend.
For more information, call (907) 262-1280.
The Homer Family Caregiver meetings take place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (May 14 and 28) at Homer Senior Center, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Call for more information, 235-4555.
The Juneau Family Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month (May 13) in the conference room of KTOO’s studio, 360 Egan Drive, noon to 1:30 p.m.
The Ketchikan Family Caregiver Support Group meets the second Friday of each month (May 8), upstairs at the Ketchikan Senior Center at noon.
The Sitka Family Caregiver Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month (May 20). For more information, call Brave Heart Volunteers, 747-4600.
For information on caregiver support group meetings around the state:
Juneau, 463-6164 or 463-6198
Family caregiver tip of the month
“Get into the Act” is the theme of 2015 Older Americans Month. This year the Older Americans Act reflects on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the act into law, July 1965. As a family caregiver you too can get into the act to help your loved one “celebrate their age”. The Older Americans Act has provided nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. The National Family Caregivers Support Program is one of these services. Call and find out how they can help. You can find the Kenai Peninsula Family Caregivers Support Program on the web at http://www.kpnfcsp.org or use our toll free number 1-866-776-8210.
– Judy Warren, Kenai Peninsula National Family Caregiver Support Program