Taking care of caregivers

Raissa Tetanish
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Sarah MacPherson, health promotion co-ordinator with the Cumberland Health Authority, gets some gifts ready for three upcoming Caregiver Retreats for seniors that are caregivers and people that are caregivers to seniors. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - Everyone needs to look after themselves, even those that look after others on a daily basis.

Empowering Beyond Barriers and Aging Well Networks will co-host three Caregiver Retreats in Cumberland County, thanks to funding received from the Department of Seniors.

"It will be a series of retreats for caregivers in the county," said Sarah MacPherson, health promotion co-ordinator for Cumberland Health Authority. "It's for seniors who are caregivers, or anyone that's caring for a senior."

The idea behind the retreats, said MacPherson, is to relax and connect with others in the same position.

"Caregivers can share strategies and coping skills for caring for seniors," she added.

The retreats will consist of three one-day events - one in Wallace, one in Amherst and another in Parrsboro.

Those in attendance will be treated to a presentation and workshop around caregiver strategies.

The afternoon agenda includes relaxation opportunities for participants, with things such as massage and reiki.

The Wallace and Amherst retreats are currently full, however there is a waiting list for any cancellations.

The Wallace retreat will be held April 28 at the Jubilee B&B, while the Amherst one will be held April 30 at Maggie's Place.

The Parrsboro retreat on May 6 at the Gillespie House still has some vacancies.

Registration can be done by contacting the Seniors Health Centre at 1-877-916-7150.

The retreats are free and transportation and respite care for the person being cared for will be available.

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Department of Seniors, Cumberland Health Authority, Gillespie House Seniors Health Centre

Geographic location: AMHERST, Parrsboro, Cumberland County

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