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Support Group to Help Prevent Caregiver Burnout

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – Life offers lots of unexpected twists and turns, which is why many of us aren’t always prepared to become a caregiver for a loved one.

Many of us spring into action in order to aid a beloved family member or friend in need in moment’s notice.

While most caregivers are happy to devote their time to take care of someone else – adapting to the role of a caregiver can also add a lot of stress towards everyday life.

To help caregivers avoid a condition called, “care giver burnout” Bentley Commons at Paragon Village is hosting a special event on Wednesday, November 13th from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Licensed clinical social worker and owner of Aging Well Counseling, Kristen Barkman, will be leading the event. “Care giver burnout is defined as an emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion,” explains Barkman. “It’s not uncommon that a caregiver can feel an amazing amount of anxiety, depression, and irritability.  Sometimes their job or their own family becomes neglected. Once that start’s happening it’s really important to take a step back.”

Barkman will also be offering guidance for those already experiencing the physical, mental and emotional effects of caregiver burnout for an extended period of time. “There are visiting nurses, care managers, and even local churches that will help out if you need groceries or food. Another way to release stress is to look for things you used to enjoy, like exercise, or talking with friends and venting is really important,” says Barkman.

Folks interested in attending the support group will have a chance to speak with others in similar situations, which is crucial to preventing burning out says Barkman. “I find that this is the number one thing. Attendees are able to find a connection with people that are doing the same thing day after day. Many times being a caregiver can make you feel lonely. So this support group is a great way to connect with others.”

Barkman will also discuss the three “R” approach – recognize, reverse, resilience.

People interested in attending the presentation must RSVP Monday, November 11th by calling Dawn at 908-498-0122. Bentley Commons at Paragon Village is located at 427 Route 46 East, Hackettstown, NJ. 

Katie Moriarty

A Jersey Girl through and through, Katie Moriarty’s interest in broadcasting began while attending Centenary University. Hailing from a showbiz family, she met a prominent TV news anchor, while backstage at BB King’s Blues Club in New York City. She had the privilege of two college internships at Fox News Channel, and upon graduation was hired as a Production Assistant in the FNC newsroom.

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