RARING TO GO – Terry Cyr, new caregiver support facilitator at Springville Concord Elder Network, is ready to start her new job.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville Concord Elder Network Coordinator Ginny Krebs has announced that the organization’s caregiver support group has a new facilitator. Local resident and caregiver Terry Cyr has taken over the leadership of this support network for area residents.
The SCENe Caregiver Support Group was started by Krebs and SCENe Volunteer Sharon Russell in 2010. Russell was a caregiver to both her parents, as was Krebs. Krebs noted that, under Russell’s guidance, many people have found support, information and links to services, to ease the stress that comes with being responsible for another’s changing needs.
“Caregivers often feel alone, overwhelmed and unprepared for their duties. In sharing experiences, practical advice and information about services, caregivers find safe harbor and encouragement,” Krebs said.
“The group really helps me. I can express my concerns and feelings and find empathy. I have gotten so many good ideas from others, about how to make my life and my loved one’s life easier. I have learned about the programs, from Erie County Senior Services, that is available to caregivers. As a matter of fact, SCENe will be hosting the six-week course called ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ that will be presented by Lisa Rood from Erie County Senior Services, early next year,” Cyr said.
The SCENe Caregiver Support group is free and meets from 3-4:30 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month. The group meets at the SCENe office in the Love In the Name of Christ building, located at 64 East Main St. in Springville. For more information, call SCENe at 592-7599.
SCENe is supported by the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, the town of Concord, Healthy Community Alliance Inc., Erie County Senior Services, Love INC, community partners, donations and SCENe volunteers.