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How do caregivers find help?

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Greg Peck
March 4, 2013

If you’re the primary caregiver for an elderly spouse, some other relative or a friend, you likely feel overwhelmed at times. You might feel the stress of that responsibility falling on your shoulders 24-7. You face complicated decisions about Medicare and other insurance, and about finding and paying for respite care and other help in the home, or for long-term care in an assisted living center or nursing home.

Our population is graying rapidly, and more and more young people will face such decisions in caring for more and more elderly people. What will you do when it’s your turn to be such a caregiver? Where will you turn?

Fortunately, the Rock County Council on Aging can provide answers. Starting this week, it will offer a five-session series of meetings exploring these and other topics. The Family Caregiver Information Series, one program per month, will be at the council offices, 3328 Highway 51 North, Janesville. The first one runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, and the topic is “How do I find community resources and the services I need?”

We’ll share our perspectives on this series in our editorial Tuesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook



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