You may think that there’s just too much going on in your life for you to take time out to go to a support group meeting. But what could you be missing out on if you don’t make the time to go?
-You’re Getting Away for a Little While
Most people would list this later on the list, but if you’re not getting a change of scenery very often, this could well be the top selling point for you. You absolutely need to be able to spend time elsewhere and believe it or not, your aging adult could use a break from you, too. Hire elderly care providers to step in while you’re gone and you’ll have no worries while you’re out for the meeting.
-They’re Full of Information You Can Use
Most support group meetings are structured to allow both sharing and educational opportunities. There’s so much to know and to learn as a family caregiver and support groups can fill in those gaps that you didn’t even know were there. If you’re attending support group meetings for specific ailments or illnesses your aging adult faces, these meetings can be even more helpful for you both.
-You Can Meet Other Caregivers
The social component of support groups allows you to meet and to mingle with other caregivers who are just like you. They’re dealing with similar situations all day, every day and they know just what you’re facing. These may be people that you’re able to develop long-lasting relationships with. They’ll understand aspects of your life as a caregiver that other friends and family may not get.
-You Can Share What You’ve Learned, Too
Even if you’re brand new to caregiving, you may be surprised at something that you know that you can share. Everyone’s caregiving journey is slightly different and there may be someone in the group that feels lost in a way that you can shine a light onto. There’s give and take in these groups which can feel great for everybody.
Taking the time away to attend support group meetings might seem like too much at first, but the benefits are massive for you and for your aging adult.