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Caregivers Often Fight Hidden Stresses

Becky Franklin, recently addressed the new Older Adult Caregiver Support Group formed to help those who face the challenge of helping an older adult.
Becky Franklin, recently addressed the new Older Adult Caregiver Support Group formed to help those who face the challenge of helping an older adult.

People who take care of others are often fighting hidden battles in Clay, Platte and Ray counties.

Becky Franklin, Tri-County Mental Health Services Older Adult Educator, recently noted that caregivers frequently face a lot of unrecognized pressure even as they struggle to provide for parents or other loved ones in difficult situations.

“Caregivers often feel a lot of pressure,” Franklin said. “They will get a lot of unsolicited advice or even negative comments from people who don’t understand the challenges. In nearly all situations I observe, caregivers are doing the best they can.”

Some estimates indicate the number of Americans caring for a loved one has tripled in recent years. In many cases, caregivers themselves are not young, yet they must often be available 24/7 and deal with serious medical issues.

Franklin’s comments came at a new Older Adult Caregiver Support Group recently formed to help anyone who can benefit from discussion and support. There is no charge to attend the group.

“We share ideas and advice,” she said. “And it’s a time for caregivers to recognize each other. That can be important.”

The Caregiver Support Group is open to the public and meets the first Monday of each month at Oak Pointe of Kearney, 200 Meadowbrook Dr, Kearney, Mo. 64060. Caregivers from throughout Clay, Platte and Ray counties are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, please call (816) 628-0075.

Dale GarrisonPhotos and Article Courtesy of Dale Garrison

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