Caring for our family members is the most important job there is. As we age, our needs change, and sometimes the kind of help or care we provide to our loved ones changes also.
When people get married, they vow to be there for each other “in sickness and in health.” Many of us come to realize the full meaning of those words when our spouse requires more of our care because of age or illness.
There are definite rewards in caring for our spouse. The feeling of being useful, needed and engaged in a meaningful role that really makes a difference in the life of another affirms the significance of our part in their life.
However, no matter how much a person loves and cares about their spouse or elderly family member, caregiving presents many challenges. It can be both physically and emotionally draining at times.
We take care of our family members because we love them and we want the best for them. In that process though, many people neglect their own health and well-being, which in turn can affect the one they are caring for. As a caregiver, you need to take care of yourself too! Seek help from others, even though your loved one may object. A Caregiver Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:30pm at the Senior Resource Center on the lower level.
There are services in Sawyer County that can provide help in your home which would allow you to get away and feel comfortable that your loved one is cared for and safe. The Adult Day Respite in Hayward is another option that can offer a fun and structured environment for your loved one during the day on Thursdays from 9am to 3pm.
Funds are available to help pay for these types of services through the National Family Caregiver Support Program. And for those families affected by Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, there is the Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program. These programs were developed to help keep individuals in their homes for as long as possible, while providing much needed support to the family caregiver(s).
Contact the Senior Resource Center at (715) 634-3000 for more information about these programs and other services in Sawyer County that might be of help to you.
Adult Day Respite
The Adult Day Respite Program is for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorder. The purpose of our respite program is two-fold. First, to provide activities for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders in a caring environment; and second, to provide respite and supportive services to caregivers.
The respite program is a one-day a week social activity program which offers games, exercise, sing-a-longs, reminiscence, storytelling, current events, and other events especially designed for persons with dementia. Staff, along with volunteers, will provide individualized attention to participants in the program.
The Senior Resource Center Exercise Class has been REINSTATED!!! Same time… Same Place
Lower Level of the Hayward Senior Center
Every Tuesday from 10-10:45 a.m.
FREE for Sawyer County residents 60+ Let’s just say in the office… we hear a “lot” of laughing going on.
Hatha Yoga Classes
Offered at the Senior Resource Center
Hatha Yoga is a very gentle style of yoga that combines stretching with breath work to connect the body, mind and spirit.
- improve oxygen capacities with breath work techniques
- stretch and strengthen muscles gently
- improve flexibility, mobility, balance, strength and circulation
- reduce stress and tension
- increase your concentration and focus
- manage chronic pain in muscles, bones and joints
- discover and relax into that inner peace that is your true nature
Tuesday 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Thursday 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 – Noon
Students under age 60 – $5 per session & Students age 60 or over – FREE
Mats, blocks, blankets and straps provided. Class size limited.
Instructor: Mary Jo Jirik, RYT. Call Mary Jo at 715-634-0556 to register.
Learn about all the benefits of massage and other wellness services. Marj, the Licensed Massage Therapist, is now taking appointments for her healing services. Flyers are available at the Sawyer County Senior Centers or call Marj for an appointment 715-558-2499. Click here for her Scheduling and Pricing.