Family Caregiver Support Program
Area Agency on Aging – NACOG provides supportive services for older adults or individuals with disabilities, as well as their family caregivers and kinship caregivers (grandparents raising grandchildren) throughout Northern Arizona. The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) offers caregivers supportive services such as educational workshops and support groups. In the State of Arizona, family caregivers provided over $9 billion of unpaid services to their loved ones last year alone. Family caregivers are not recognized as an at-risk population; however, caregivers risk losing jobs, financial security, balance between daily responsibilities and ongoing caregiving duties, and a decline in physical or mental health.
The national statistics show that up to 4 out of every 10 caregivers will die before their loved one(s) because they do not seek supportive services, ask for help or neglect self-care. The FCSP provides an educational series for caregivers to find balance, provide quality care without detriment to their own health and improve quality of life! The sessions also provide built-in peer support from other caregivers and presentations from local community partners! Each session is professionally facilitated and will help caregivers to begin to process grief or to increase knowledge of resources and improve caregiver skillset.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS
For more information about the Caregiver Education Series, call Lita Nelson at 928.213.5255 or if you would like to learn more about the programs at Area Agency on Aging NACOG, please visit www.nacog.org/aging or call toll-free 1.877.521.3500.
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