City and state agencies often provide helpful information to caregivers responsible for taking care of a loved one. This is an effort to ensure all senior citizens are taken care of properly, and are kept in good hands. Support groups are beneficial to these caregivers, as it helps them keep a level head during the caregiving process, and makes them better able to support their family member at home. Denver offers a variety of support groups and resources for finding them.
Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Charities provide support groups for caregivers who need a listening ear. Not only can people meet for discussion, but they can also receive a nice meal. It is a nice change compared to always being the one to make the meal for someone else. Child care is also available free of charge, as long as group members call more than two days in advance to reserve the child’s spot. The call can be placed to (303) 742-0823, EXT. 2072.
Multiple support group locations are offered, ensuring more people can make the meeting. They can be found at: • Church of the Risen Christ - 5pm-7pm; Every 3rd Monday
• Catholic Charities - 5:30pm-7:30pm; Every 3rd Thursday
• Macedonia Baptist Church - 12pm-2pm; Every 1st Thursday
• Central Denver Samaritan House - 10am-12pm; Every 3rd Tuesday
• Denver Indian Family Resource Center - 5pm-7pm; Every 2nd Monday
The Denver Regional Council of Governments is the Area Agency on Aging. They provide valuable resources, including support group information, a link to informational videos, and more. The videos can be found through Healthy Aging Today. It helps seniors find topics they are interested in, and also helps caregivers learn more about the aging process and how they can help. The resource can be reached at (303) 619-7562.
The DRCOG also details the program offered by Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains, Older Adult and Caregiver Services. Caregivers can call (303) 217-5864 to learn about the support groups available. There is a fee associated with some of the services offered through this program.
Support for caregivers can be found on a national level as well. The National Family Caregiver Support Support Program is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was established in 2000 as a way to help reduce the amount of stress and health concerns placed on the caregivers themselves, who are typically in their 40s and 50s. This program provides important resources to eligible participants.
Information for the National Alliance for Caregiving can be found on the Support Program’s website. This alliance is also responsible for assisting caregivers who are working tirelessly to assist their loved ones. Additional resources and information are found here. Through a specialized locator system, those looking for support groups can find the information they need on their specific city. People can also call the system’s telephone number to find the information required, at (1-800) 677-1116.
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