HIGH COUNTRY – The holiday season (and the stress) may be over. The new year brings new goals, new memories and new stressors. Start the year off right by vowing to make time for yourself and your well-being.
The High Country Region Agency on Aging is dedicated to improving and introducing self-care techniques for caregivers to prevent burnout and reduce stress. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 40-70% of caregivers experience significant symptoms of depression that can lead to deterioration in physical health.
Kelly Frick, a board-certified music therapist, has worked with the High Country Area Agency on Aging for nearly two years providing free music therapy support groups to caregivers throughout the pandemic. This support group will be held virtually so you can join from the comfort of your own home.
Asked about her interest in family carers, Frick said: ‘Caring is hard work – it can be incredibly rewarding and incredibly lonely. I enjoy facilitating conversations and a space to process the challenges and rewards of caregiving while like-minded people can come together – all while embracing the therapeutic nature of music.
Beginning February 2, 2022, Frick is partnering with the High Country Area Agency on Aging for an 8-week music therapy support group. This group will be held virtually at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Once registered, you will receive a follow-up email or phone call to confirm your registration. We invite you to come and share your journey with others who can understand your situation as a caregiver and take advantage of the only tool we have access to on a daily basis, music.
Places available in this program are limited, so please register before January 31st. Registration is free for caregivers.
To register, click on forms.gle/iz4mFzDRgQDquXwGA.