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The Kenai Peninsula Family Caregiver Support Program will hold the following peer support meetings in March. This month’s focus: National Nutrition Month.

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

March 8, Caregiver support meeting at Soldotna Senior Center, 1 p.m.

March 15, Caregiver support meeting at Kenai Senior Center, 1 p.m.

March 15, Caregiver support meeting at Anchor Point Senior Center, 3 p.m.

March 29, 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 Shelley or Judy at (907) 262-1280.

The Homer Family Caregiver meetings take place on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (March 10 and 24) at Homer Senior Center, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Call for more information, 235-4555.

Southeast

 The Juneau Family Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month (March 9) 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 (March 11), upstairs at the Ketchikan Senior Center at noon.

The Sitka Family Caregiver Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each month (March 16). 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

As caregivers we may find it difficult to reach a balance between our own needs and the needs of those we care for. Achieving that balance requires an assessment and awareness of our own needs and what is expected of our caregiving relationship.

It is important to look at your caregiving role in relationship to what is realistic with the needs being met for both. Are you comfortable with your role or do you need more help to achieve caregiving for your loved one? Are you having a sense of purpose or are you continually frustrated by your role?

Contact a Family Caregiver Support Program in your area, attend the support group meetings and let them assist you in your caregiving relationship.

– Judy Warren, Kenai Peninsula National Family Caregiver Support Program

 
 

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