caregiver support group

Join a Free Monthly Caregiver Support Group

If you are caring for or are concerned about an aging parent nearby or long distance, JFS Boulder invites you to attend Caring for Your Aging Parent, a free virtual monthly drop-in support group for adult children on the first Wednesday of each month, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. This group is facilitated by Stuart Feinhor, MA, and Jodi Ansell, MSW, who have social work and counseling backgrounds and have experience as caregivers.

Jodi led a similar group through the City of Boulder for four years, and then JFS took it over in 2015. She has co-led the group for more than five years, with a break due to COVID-19. Currently, about five caregivers attend each virtual session, and they welcome new people! Jodi says that during the support group, “Everyone tells their stories, which may reflect emotional stress, moving a parent to the Boulder area, long-distance caregiving, guilt, dealing with siblings, or navigating the health care system. Participants learn from each other since they’re on a similar path. They don’t feel so alone. I have seen participants gain perspective and a sense of empowerment and control.”

In addition, participants provide each other with emotional support, validation, and referrals to services that have helped them. Jane, a group member, shares, “I felt much better after attending the support group session. I know I have a long way to go, but I felt hopeful about the situation for the first time in a long time.”

There is no need to RSVP; just use this link to drop in any first Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.

About Jewish Family Service

Founded more than 150 years ago, we currently offer more than 30 programs and services, including food security, housing stability, mental health counseling, aging care, employment support, and disability services. JFS takes a holistic approach, assessing the various needs of the individual or family and provides the appropriate services all from one organization. JFS serves everyone regardless of race, faith, gender, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

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