GAPS Caregiver Support Group

Events are on the 2nd Thursday of the month (with the exception of December, no meeting), from 2pm to 3:30pm at First Baptist Church, Education Building, Room E2, 108. 133 W University Ave, Georgetown, TX.

The GAPS caregiver support group can be a lifeline, providing a place — in person, on the phone or online — to share feelings confidentially, make friends, get help navigating the healthcare system and learn from others who have walked a similar path.

This is an open group. This means group participation is open to whomever attends!

DATES: 2nd Thursday of the month
TIME: 2 pm to 3:30 pm
PLACE: First Baptist Church, Education Building, Room: E2.108, Georgetown, Texas

Confidentiality: Participation is confidential. Neither the identity of the participants nor the content shared in these meetings will be disclosed beyond the group. No recording of this group will be permitted!

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Anticipatory Grief

Grief doesn’t just strike once a person dies. In fact, the grieving process can begin when a loved one is first diagnosed with a chronic condition or terminal illness. Learn how to recognize and cope with anticipatory grief.

Click:  Is It Normal to Grieve Before Someone Dies?

Anticipatory Grief is feeling grief and loss while being a caregiver.  This article provides some caregiver tips:  https://www.webmd.com/palliative-care/caregiver-grief-and-bereavement#1

Age Of Central Texas

Age of Central Texas offers monthly FREE “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” courses with some in-person and/or online classes.  Please check this website   https://ageofcentraltx.org/index.php/caregivers/caregiveru/  for dates and times for the following classes:

  • “A Matter of Balance” –  emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” – This series of six classes is designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. The tools learned from Powerful Tools for Caregivers benefit caregivers by developing a wealth of self-care strategies to better handle the unique challenges faced by family caregivers.
  • “Savvy Caregiver” – Taking care of a person with dementia is a role unlike any other, and it requires training.  Savvy Caregiver provides in-depth practical training for family caregivers of persons with dementia.  Think of this course as professional-level training for the non-professional, family caregiver.  During the six, two-hour classes, caregivers will learn about dementia, the progressive impact of the illness on the person, and the skills needed to manage day-to-day life!
  • “Empowering YOU to Be a Strategic Dementia Caregiver” – Being strategic is important, because caring for an older adult with dementia can be both rewarding and overwhelming, both frustrating and fulfilling. Learning about the disease causing dementia – and learning new tools to manage daily life – can increase the rewards and ease the frustrations. Being strategic can also equip you to care for yourself as you care for another person.
  • “Empowering YOU to Be a Smart and Healthy Caregiver” – Being smart and healthy is important, because caring for an older adult can be both rewarding and overwhelming, both frustrating and fulfilling. Learning new tools can increase the rewards and ease the frustrations, and equips you to care for yourself as you care for another person.
  • “Empowering YOU to Prevent Falls” – Falls are both common and costly with billions of dollars spent to treat the injuries of the one in four older adults who will suffer a fall each year. The good news is that most falls can be prevented! Learning ways to prevent falls and putting that learning into action can empower you to keep yourself safe. This two-part fall prevention course uses information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with information from other reputable sources, to give valuable guidance on ways that older adults can prevent falls.

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Camille’s Memory Café

Camille’s Memory Café – The Gift of Time has a program “Camille’s Memory Café” that is a virtual social gathering where attendees share memories, play games, and exchange stories, in a safe, fun environment. It is open to anyone who would like to connect and be with others to socialize.  Also, those with dementia are welcomed.  The group meets: 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month from 10-11 am.

To sign up and participate, please email at education@agiftoftimegeorgetown.org

Parkinson’s Foundation Top 10 Essential Caregiver Resources

  • Parkinson’s Foundation Care Partner Program  – This Care Partner Program is a series of self-paced online courses designed with care partners in mind and is recommended for anyone caring for someone living with PD, including spouses, partners, parents, children, friends or other family members.  They are FREE, just register!  This is flexible programming that includes videos, journal prompts and opportunities to connect with care partners around the world about the topics that are most important to you.
  • Caregiver guide: AARP Family Caregiving Guides are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan for a loved one or friend.
    Click:  https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide/
  • Caregiver U:  CaregiverU is a collaboration of more than 20 Central Texas non-profit agencies and community organizations, joining together with AGE of Central Texas to bring support and resources to families that are caring for an older loved one.  Classes are offered at no cost to participants. Click: https://ageofcentraltx.org/index.php/caregivers/caregiveru/ 
  • VA Caregiver Support Program – https://www.caregiver.va.gov 

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