For Immediate Release
Caregiver Support and Education Group
March 13, 2014. STERLING, IL.-According to the Pew Research Center, 39% of all U.S. adults care for someone with significant health issues, which is up from 30% in 2010. However, the majority of caregiving is done by family members, according to the Caregiver Action Network in Washington, D.C. For some, it is second nature to care for others; most, however, are unaware of the physical and mental toll caregiving can cause. Whether caring for someone full-or part-time, there are stresses that arise. Fortunately, support is available from Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). LSSI has a Caregiver Support and Education Group, which meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month, at noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling. The group is facilitated by Emily Taylor of LSSI. Taylor says, “You often give up your own needs to care for someone else, and that is what so many do. That is the first difficult hurdle, to get them to recognize that they are a caregiver. When they are dealing with dementia, or any illness, there are many issues to handle.” What makes the Sterling group different and relevant, is that Taylor strives to help each member problem-solve, “rather than just vent”, in support groups. For more information on the Caregiver Support and Education Group, please contact 815.626.7333, ext. 317.
About Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI)
Founded in 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois is a statewide not-for-profit social service agency of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is committed to caring for all people in need, regardless of religion, age or national origin, helping them to make essential changes, leading to better lives and communities. For more information, visit LSSI.org.
Emily Taylor, Assistant Director of LSSI’s Senior Services
815.626.7333, ext. 317