CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The responsibility of being a caregiver for a loved one can cause depression, frustration, and leave you with feelings of isolation.
The Cumberland County Aging and Community Services provides care for the elderly. This month, it kicked off a support group for caregivers.
“I’ve always loved the elderly – since I was a little kid,” Russell Pierce said. “When I was in high school, we would go to nursing homes to visit”.
Pierce built a career around helping the elderly, working at the Aging and Community Services. Then, it got personal.
“First, my father in law had a stroke then my mother-in-law developed dementia,” he said.
Dealing with dementia became frustrating.
“She wanted to help,” he said. “So you would say, okay, get the fork, and she would bring back a pen.”
Feeling isolated and desperate, Pierce and his wife sought support.
“When they start saying ugh, I’m really frustrated with whatever … other people will say I know exactly what you’re talking about; same here.”
The support group is open to all caregivers in the Midstate.
“We see this as a growing need in our community,” aging care manager and supervisor Nancy Nemoyer said. “It’s caring for each other and feeling cared for while you’re a caregiver.”
“We just ask that you call ahead in advance so we have enough pretzels on hand,” she said with a laugh.
The support group meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services, at 1100 Claremont Road in Carlisle, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
If you plan to attend, call Becky Fritz at 717-240-6110 or e-mail email@example.com.