Alabama Lifespan Respite hosts “The Emotional Side of Caregiving” Saturday, Nov. 14
To help caregivers navigate the emotions they face each day
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - November is national caregivers month. On top of their normal daily challenges, they have faced challenges with COVID-19.
From fear and anger, to sadness and depression, some say it can be easy to bottle emotions up and put them aside; however that is unhealthy.
That’s why the Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network is hosting “The Emotional Side of Caregiving” to help caregivers navigate the feelings they face each day. On Saturday, November 14th at Walton Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. caregivers who care for loved ones who suffer from a chronic illness or disability will gather.
“We all need help and support, we all do," Vonda Reeves, South Alabama Training Specialist, said. "Whether we are taking care of someone or not, it’s just good to know that there is some support out there for you and knowing that you are not alone.”
Providing unpaid, around the clock care to an individual with a chronic illness or disability can be exhausting. COVID-19 created a whole new experience.
“It’s already stressful caring for a loved one with a disability, especially when the resources are limited," Reeves said. “You are there 24/7, you can’t get any help from anybody coming in.”
According to the Alzheimer Association, in 2020 16 million caregivers will provide 18.6 billion hours of care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias alone.
“Being shut in and no one can come in and come out, their (caregivers) mental and stress levels just went through the roof, so we’ve has a lot of calls about that,” Reeves said.
Reeves will be conducting the training. She is currently a caregiver for her son who has a disability.
“I know what it feels like taking care of someone firsthand," Reeves said. “I’m not talking from textbook, I’m talking from experience.”
The result of the increase in calls led to the caregiver wellness initiative, providing support to the wellbeing of unpaid, full-time family caregivers statewide beginning January.
COVID-19 precautions will be taken at this event. The event will also be streamed live via Zoom.
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