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Welcome David! Please do write back and keep us posted on what you find. 

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@DavidU677830wrote:

Hi Jane:

 

Thanks for the information. It has been hard my new career as a caregiver. Thought about contacting my local library and run the idea of a care giver support group. Mother has Spinal Stenosis and has a difficult time getting around; as a result, I have to do all the chores now including cooking, shopping, cleaning, driving, etc.

 

 

David


Good for you.  And good luck. Caregivers need cameraderie, and yet its hard to get away to attend a group. But there's nothing like being in person with people who totally get what you are experiencing.

 

I obviously don't know your financial situation, but you can hire other people to do some of this, if your mother has the funds. Hiring a house cleaner twice a month may be an investment in your sanity. Who wants to scrub the toilets? Delegate! Unless you have the assets of Rockefeller, i'd recommend that you avoid using your own assets to hire help. You need your own money for you. If she's poor, then, does she have long term care Medicaid? A real annoyance to apply for but once she has it, all kinds of good things can happen. Including some home care in some states. Someone at the agency that helps disabled/ older people can guide you. Find the closest at www.eldercare.gov.

 

Write more? Let us know how the group goes!

And we're here in virtualy community with you, too.

Jane

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Hi Jane:

 

Thanks for the information. It has been hard my new career as a caregiver. Thought about contacting my local library and run the idea of a care giver support group. Mother has Spinal Stenosis and has a difficult time getting around; as a result, I have to do all the chores now including cooking, shopping, cleaning, driving, etc.

 

 

David

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HI Jen:

 

Thanks for the information!

 

 

David

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DavidU677830 wrote:

I am a caregiver for my mother. Does any one know of a Caregiver Support Group that meets in South Florida Miami area?  I really need to talk with others to share our experiences. 


Jen is such an amazing resource.

 

Another idea, if you're up to it, is to start one on your own. That takes a bit of work but can be very rewarding. There is a group at my former church (i moved across the country, silly me), and it is called Caring for Aging Loved Ones. They meet once a month in folks' homes and have a simple soup/bread potluck and talk. They share what's going on with their husbands/wives/parents, and one has a disabled son who will never live independently.

 

That group was started by one of the members.

 

I know of another group that was started by a person after he secured a meeting room at a local library. It met weekly!

 

Do consider using this caregiving forum on aarp to ask questions, read what others have written, and share the wisdom you've gleaned. There's something super handy about posing a question whenever you think about it, or sharing a successful tip, and then days later finding answers and feedback. You don't have to drive anywhere to find parking for our wisdom!

 

Tell us about yourself and your mom if you wish. and thanks for writing here.

Jane

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David,

 

HERE is a link worth checking out:

 

And THIS one. 

 

You can also call the Eldercare Locator to see what is available in your community. They can be reached at: 1-800-677-1116.

 

Hoe this is helpful!

Jen

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Hi Jen,

 

I reside in 33180

 

David

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David, what is your zipcode?

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I am a caregiver for my mother. Does any one know of a Caregiver Support Group that meets in South Florida Miami area?  I really need to talk with others to share our experiences. 

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