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Another Case for Caregiver Support Groups
Posted Aug 04 2011 9:00am
On July 20, we wrote about the need for employer caregiver affinity groups.
writing for TLNT
on the need for more caregiver affinity groups in the workplace. Citing t
he Pew Internet Project’s
latest study on the social life of health information,
Pew found that
caregivers use social network sites
for updates and gathering information support more than other online social network participants.
On the heels of that is
this article from the Herald Tribune
that show support groups as lifesavers for caregivers.
Here are some highlights:
there are two rules in most support groups: personal information is confidential and one person talks at a time.
you learn that you're not the only one having trouble coping.
when people say "how are you?" they genuinely want to know how you are, instead of focusing only on your loved one," as one participant said.
As trust grows, people in the group become accountable to each other and often encourage one another to move forward to find solutions.
Support groups specific to the disease your loved one has been diagnosed with are especially beneficial.
Check out the article.
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