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If you live in New Jersey, you have a wide variety of no-fee, caregiver mutual support groups available if you want (and can arrange) to have some time away for yourself to just share experiences and insights with others "in the same boat." By pooling experiences and info on local & state resources, such peer support groups often produce a "collective wisdom" that is hard to get anywhere else. Here's an overview of the different types of groups: from the general caregivers groups to several that are only only for male caregivers, to the many groups based upon the primary disorder or disability that your loved one has; from the groups just for "Well Spouses" (the motto of the nat'l Well Spouse Assn., which is based here in NJ is "When one is sick, two need help') to the many Parent and even Grandparent caregiver support groups for those caring for children with various disorders & disabilities: http://www.mededfund.org/NJgroups/CaregiverGroups.pdf
As reflected by the infomation on back of the listing, there's also free help available if there's no local caregiver group in your community and you would like to join with others to create one.
Because there also are so many hundreds of local support groups in NJ, that focus upon a particular illness/disability and are open to spouses/families, here's where you can see the different community support groups meeting in your NJ county (some groups "pass the hat" or have very low dues, if any, to cover the incidental costs of a volunteer run support group: http://www.mededfund.org/NJgroups/Groups_By_County.htm
The Clearinghouse also has contacts for hundreds of online mutual support networks for different rare disorders and disabilities.
So, for help in finding or starting most any type of self-help (member-run) mutual support group, or learning about a free professionally run support, from anywhere within NJ, just phone the non-profit NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse at 1-800-367-6274, more easily remembered as 1-800-FOR-M.A.S.H. (Mutual Aid Self-Help), where they have been helping people find and start caregiver support groups for over 31 years.
Tqake care and hope, - Ed
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."
- Helen Keller