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Support Groups for Caregivers of Aging Parents

Being a caregiver to an elderly parent or loved in NYC requires a lot of energy and patience.

To help caregivers in the New York City area, there are many support groups available. At Alvita Care, we recommend taking advantage of these support groups as they can be very helpful and comforting.

The 92nd Street Y has entire programs designed for seniors and their caregivers and hold events in the arts, music, dance and more. The Y also has religious-specific programs and free events for seniors. This is a great relief for you as the caregiver as you may have the peace of mind that your loved one is happy and well-looked after.

The JCC Manhattan has support groups for caregivers on an on-going basis. The support group topics range week by week and cover different issues ranging from dementia care to incontinence care. These support groups for caregivers are facilitated by a licensed social worker who is specially trained and equipped to handle the emotional struggles associated with being a caregiver for the elderly. Also, the JCC holds adult day care programs that are reasonably priced. The adult day care programs have the dual purpose of allowing your elderly parent to engage in an activity and at the same time engage in peer group social interaction. A hidden benefit to adult day care programs is that they provide you–the primary caregiver of an aging loved one–respite care for a few hours a day.

The Department of the Aging also offers caregiver support groups. At Alvita Care, we can help recommend a program that is right for your needs and those of your loved ones. We have plenty of experience and feedback from our clients that attend a variety of support groups and which can help your decision on where to attend.

An alternative to the traditional Meals on Wheels Program is “God’s Love We Deliver”. This program delivers meals to the elderly in their home with an added perk – the food is actually really good! Started in 1985, this organization has grown to be a back bone to the successful independence of the elderly living in New York City area. Not only do the drivers of the trucks and volunteers deliver food to the elderly, they are helpful eyes and ears on the ground. Trained to note changes in behavior and appearance of elderly clients, they are able to report back any changes in the elderly clients that they notice. This service can help you–as a caregiver–because it is one less meal that you have to prepare and worry about!

To our great relief, New York City is a great place to age and is equipped with a lot of different support groups for the elderly and respite care options that can help alleviate the aging process!

 

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About AlvitaCare

Alvita Care is a fully licensed home healthcare company providing premier in home caregiver services to seniors living in New York City and on Long Island NY. With offices in Midtown Manhattan and Hauppauge NY, Alvita Care was founded in 2008 upon the idea of "Care Without Compromise". Our care-giving services enhance seniors' lives, by improving their well-being, dignity and independence. We have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval and pride ourselves with our proprietary caregiver matching process that carefully matches our experience caregivers to each client based on personality and technical skills needed. Alvita Care can help whether you need assistance for several hours a few times a week or you require live-in or around-the-clock assistance. Our caregivers provide assurance and relief to families by relieving their anxiety, knowing that their loved one is safe, happy and lovingly cared for.