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4/24/2019 12:05:00 AM
Group Respite Meeting At Senior Center, April 30
Discussion of possible respite for caregivers of elderly loved ones

Lincoln Herald Staff

LINCOLNTON, N.C.––Are you caring for an elderly parent or loved one?

Nearly one in four caregivers spends more than 40 hours a week caring for those who can’t take care of themselves. And according to Lincoln County Senior Center spokeswoman Darlene Stroupe, if you’re one of those folks, you can surely use a bit of respite.

To that end, you’ll want to attend a meeting in the senior center’s multi-purpose room on April 30 at 6 p.m. The meeting’s purpose is the discussion of a potential group respite program in Lincoln County, as Stroupe informed this week.

“Your presence and knowledge are more than valued on this needed service in our community,” she said.

Stroupe added that refreshments and hors d’oeuvres would be served. The meeting is free and open to the public.

So how does a group respite program work? Well, if you’re spending some 40 hours a week caring for your loved one, you could likely use four to six hours a day for yourself, right? Errands and other matters do come up, and after all, you need a break.

That’s where the respite program comes in. As Stroupe informed, it presents a low-cost, safe and secure environment for older adults, 60 years of age and up, who may suffer from dementia or other such maladies yet can still walk, feed themselves and use the toilet.

The Lincoln County Senior Center is co-located with the Lincoln County Campus of Gaston College at 514 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton (site of the former Lincolnton Senior and Junior high schools).

Stroupe reminds you that you can learn more––or you may respond to confirm your attendance––by calling the senior center at (704) 732-9053.

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