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Ways to Connect with Other Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month. When you spend your days caring for someone, it can be difficult to meet new people. Sometimes you need to talk to others who do what you do, and understand the challenges and triumphs that you face. Here are some tips to help find others that share these experiences with you:

  1. Find a support group for your loved one- if the person you're caring for has an ailment like Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's, you may be able to kill two birds with one stone by finding them a support group. They will be able to take advantage of the group on their own, and you'll have the opportunity to meet other caregivers in the process.
  2. Join an online group- if it is hard to get out and meet people or there aren't many caregivers in your immediate area, you can join an online support group or forum – these are great for interacting with other like-minded people and to make personal connections.
  3. Visit a local senior center- if your community has a multipurpose senior center, take advantage of the services and programs available to help your senior loved one, and you'll have the opportunity to meet other caregivers too.

How have you made friends with other family caregivers? Share your secrets in the comment section below.