Becker County Caregivers Retreat set
You've probably heard the word "caregiver," but what does it really mean? An informal caregiver is a relative or friend who provides care for an older or disabled adult. Caregiving can be as intense as providing around the clock care for a person...
You’ve probably heard the word “caregiver,” but what does it really mean?
An informal caregiver is a relative or friend who provides care for an older or disabled adult.
Caregiving can be as intense as providing around the clock care for a person with dementia, or as simple as regularly picking up groceries for a neighbor.
An estimated 679,000 Minnesotans are caregiving for an older or disabled adult.
The need for caregivers will increase dramatically as the aging population grows and many seniors lack the resources to pay for professional caregiving.
Caregivers are an essential link in keeping people in their own home for as long as possible; however, many caregivers themselves are at risk for becoming ill or developing chronic health issues due to the stress of caring for a loved one.
Caregivers need to remember that self-care is just as important as the care they provide to others.
Locally, the Becker County Caregiver Support Team is a network of volunteers and professionals with the goal of offering caregivers an opportunity to learn, relax, socialize, and recharge in the company of other caregivers.
Two free events are offered each year, one in the fall and one in the spring, with funding provided by the United Way of Becker County along with Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging (LDSAAA) and donations from churches, organizations, and individuals.
Free respite for care receivers will be provided by Lutheran Social Services at Holy Rosary Catholic Community, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Call 1-800-488-4146 to reserve a spot. Free lunches for care receivers will be provided by the Becker County Caregiver Support Team on site at Holy Rosary.
The event this fall is planned for Thursday, Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Detroit Mountain. The event begins with a welcome and inspirational message followed by Dawn Kaiser presenting a message titled “Finding Joy.”
Mari Radke of Summit Dance will address stress relief and provide a brief demonstration on “Gentle Yoga.”
Community resources for local caregivers will be available, furnished by the Minnesota Board on Aging and LDSAAA.
Local birding expert Mike Murphy will lead a birding hike for those who choose to participate, or caregivers can relax and enjoy the natural fall beauty at Detroit Mountain.
Lunch will be catered by La Barista; morning rolls will be provided by Essentia, and an afternoon Trail Mix snack will be provided by Home Instead Senior Care.
There will be time for a caregiver question and answer session as well.
If you are a caregiver interested in attending the event or have questions about your caregiving role, please contact Karen Lenius or Amy Dallmann at Mahube-Otwa Community Action to reserve your spot by calling 218-847-1385 by Thursday, Sept. 24.