“It is astounding how many caregivers there are in Andover – many with dependent parents living at home. They are often juggling child care, senior care and typically a job all at the same time,” Payne-Taylor said.
The course was designed by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. Tenney, who specializes in geriatric care, is leading it as part of her certification process and is waiving all her fees as a gift to the caregivers in the community.
Discussions will be confidential so caregivers can be honest about any frustrations. Caregivers will also learn about available resources.
Tenney said each workshop will close with a “self-reflection.” She ultimately hopes caregivers learn the benefit of taking time for themselves.
“That is so important ... what is in your body and how you are feeling really matters. You have to know this,” Dr. Tenney said.
The workshop is supported by the Senior Connections adult day program staff at Punchard, who will be offering respite care for the loved ones of workshop participants to make it possible for caregivers to attend. Meals will also be available by reservation.
Simpson, for one, is grateful the Center at Punchard has recognized the need.
“I think it’s great that they are doing this,” she said. “There are so many issues that caregivers worry about, like safety of a loved one. This is a chance to see that you are not alone and lets you talk to someone.”
“Mind-Body Medicine for Caregivers” meets Thursdays starting June 5 through July 31 from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at The Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover. The cost is $25. Call 978-623-8321 or visit boomerventure.com.