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Friends: A Caregiver's Necessity

By Kristine Dwyer, LSW, Staff Writer

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  • Nurture present relationships, reach out for new friendships and show appreciation to those who have been able to stand by you through the years. A handwritten thank you or verbal acknowledgment goes a long way to express gratitude to others and encourages them to stay involved.

  • Support groups can be a wonderful place to meet other caregivers and form new friendships. I recently learned of two couples, each caring for a spouse with Parkinson’s Disease, who now meet monthly to enjoy lunch and socialize before attending a support group together. They share a common experience and are able to understand each other’s needs.

Caregivers remember...”Hold a true friend with both your hands.” (Nigerian Proverb)

Friends remember...”The only gift is a portion of thyself.” (Emerson) 

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