Free training, support for family caregivers

The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in January. This month’s focus: “What topics would you like discussed in 2016 support meetings?” All caregivers should attend and help direct the support program by sharing your training needs and areas of interest to your situation. If you are unable to attend, please call and give your input.

Jan. 5, Caregiver support meeting at Sterling Senior Center, 1 p.m.

Jan. 12, Caregiver support meeting at Soldotna Senior Center, 1 p.m..

Jan. 19, Caregiver support meeting at Kenai Senior Center, 1 p.m.

Jan. 27, Caregiver support meeting at Soldotna Senior Center, 1 p.m.

Support meetings allow you to 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 (Jan. 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 (Jan. 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 (Jan. 8), upstairs at the Ketchikan Senior Center at noon.

The Sitka Family Caregiver Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month (Jan. 20). For more information, call Brave Heart Volunteers, 747-4600.

Other locations

For information on caregiver support group meetings around the state:

Anchorage, 561-3313

Fairbanks, 452-2277

Homer, 235-4555

Juneau, 463-6164 or 463-6198

Ketchikan, 225-8080

Kodiak, 486-6181

Nome, 443-4507

Palmer/Wasilla, 746-3413

Sitka, 747-4600

Family caregiver tip of the month

The following quote has an important message to caregivers everywhere.

I am a Caregiver

By Lin M. Watkins

I am a caregiver it’s what I do. 24/7, I’m here for you.

And most of the time we do just fine

But once in a while, I need my own time.

And when I take that necessary break

I’ve got to remember it’s for both our sake.

I can’t take care of you unless I take care of me.

So I work very hard at being guilt free.

I’ll always be here for you, so don’t you fret.

Together we’re making memories of us I’ll never forget.

Add us to your New Year’s resolution. Let your Family Caregiver Support Program help you make memories. We provide care for the caregiver.

– Judy Warren, Kenai Peninsula National Family Caregiver Support Program

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