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February 10, 2009

Office for the Aging Announces Caregiver Support Groups

The Oswego County Office for the Aging sponsors caregiver support groups in Oswego, Fulton, and Constantia to assist those who are caring for older people in their homes.

“Support groups give people a chance to meet others and share practical advice and tips on coping with challenges in a supportive and friendly atmosphere,” said Margaret Waters, caregiver support group coordinator for the Office for the Aging. “If you're caring for an older person, there may be times when you feel you're the only person in the world in your situation, but the truth is, you're not alone!”

Caregiver services are vital to keeping older people in their homes. Family caregivers provide over 80 percent of the care given to older people, according to Larry Schmidt, Administrator of the Office for the Aging.

Support groups offer a friendly atmosphere for people to share their concerns about managing the practical and emotional aspects of caring for a senior loved one with physical or mental limitations. Individual counseling is available over the phone, in the office, or in the home if necessary.

Additional support groups in Oswego County offer assistance to those caring for people with Alzheimer's, MS, bereavement needs, and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

Caregiver support groups meet at the following times and places:

  • Third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m., St. Luke's Health Services Adult Day Care Room, 299 East River Road, Oswego. Contact Margaret Waters, phone 349-8691

  • Second Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m., St. Bernadette's Church Senior Nutrition Site, 1667 State Route 49, Constantia. Contact Deirdre McCarthy, phone 623-9803

  • Fourth Wednesday of the month at 11 a.m., OCO Senior Nutrition Site, Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., Fulton, contact Margaret Waters, phone 349-8691.

Alzheimer's Support Groups

  • Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., Seneca Hill Manor, Adult Day Care Room, County Route 45, Oswego. Contact Diane Morrisette, phone 349-5341

  • Fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. McDonald's Community Room, Route 49, Central Square. Contact Gail Lauricella, phone 676-7533

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

  • Second and fourth Thursdays at 7 p.m., Families with Attention Deficit Disorders, 98 E. Bridge St., Oswego MS Support Group

  • First Wednesday at 2 p.m., Seneca Hill Manor 1st floor Dining Room, County Route 45, Oswego. Contact Diane Morrisette at 349-5341

Hope for the Bereaved

  • Second Friday at 2 p.m., Fulton Mill Apartments, 265 West First St. South, Fulton. Contact Myrtle Craw, phone 593-6831

To have a support group listed in the Caregivers Newsletter, contact the Office for the Aging at 349-8691 or 1-800-596-3200 ext. 8691. Schedules are subject to change. Please call ahead for current dates and times.

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