Caregiver support group available: Rewards, risks, and raising resiliency

November is National Caregivers Month with the theme “Take Care to Give Care.” This theme emphasizes how self-care is key to navigating the role of caregiver. Consider these self-care tips to help reduce stress and promote resiliency:

  • Accept help:  Do not try to do everything on your own.  Have a list of things others might do to help.
  • Attend to nutrition, sleep, and exercise:  While time is limited, these are crucial to maintaining your health.
  • Learn community resources:  There may be services for transportation, meals, and visitors nearby.
  • Prioritize your own health:  See your physician and report any physical symptoms, keep up with regular screenings and let your health provider(s) know you are a caregiver.   
  • Remember your social network: Try to stay connected with family and friends who offer emotional support or provide brief respite from your caregiving duties.
  • Join a support group:  Such groups are a source of validation, problem-solving and support from individuals having a similar experience.

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) facilitates a monthly "Stress Relief for Caregivers" support group.

When:  Second Tuesday of each month, now until May 10, 2017

Time: 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Administrative Services Bldg., Room 2072L East & West

Register: Contact Tina at 936-8660 or via email at cmwey@umich.edu