Caregiver Support Group
with Art Journaling
Support Group with Art Journaling at Montrose Senior Center, 1800 Pavilion Drive, Montrose, Colo., 1st & 3rd Thursday monthly. 9:30-11:30 am
Next session: November 4th & 18th
You are invited to stay for lunch after group. Ask me for details.
Caregiving is hard. It’s frustrating. It often makes you angry, and sometimes makes you feel like you just can’t do anything right. You grieve the person who used to be—they’re there, but in other ways, not. Injury and illness have changed someone you care for— physically, mentally, all the time, or some of the time. Eventually, the task becomes all-consuming and it takes a heavy toll on your own physical and mental health.
You need help! With the lingering pandemic, this can sometimes be difficult to find. Right now, we can gather as a group, commiserate with one another, and offer suggestions. But what if (when) we go into lock down again? What do you do when you can’t get out or get away and are stuck in a caregiving rut. Here is a plan and a system to provide yourself some self-help when group-help may not be practical or available.
Journal it. Write it down. Draw it out. Scribble with Sharpie, Delicately paint with watercolors, or layer with acrylics. Express thoughts and feelings on paper with ink and paint. Cut out pictures and graphics and paste in your journal book.
To help you learn how to do that, and keep at it, come to our Art Journaling Support Group. You don’t need artistic experience. Just show up and share. And when the mood strikes, join us in playing with ways to get those feelings out there on paper. It’s cathartic!
Our support group combines verbal support with self-directed art therapy in 2-hour sessions held twice monthly on Thursday mornings. You will have an opportunity to share your own experiences and feelings with one another and also express those thoughts or issues privately in a take-home journal. Sometimes I will also show a video, or we might host a guest speaker.
Journaling is fun and a great way to relieve stress. No art experience is necessary. I will provide tools and materials, including a FREE Journal, one where you can pour your heart out on paper, then maybe rip out pages when the mood strikes. Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting messy or splattered with paint.
Art journals are fun to make. You can write, draw, doodle scribble, stamp, stencil, collage, cut and paste pictures, magazine articles, or any kind of material or stuff you can glue to a page! You can remove pages to work on them and stick them back in again. Sometimes you might want to rip them up, then glue them back together. Your journal is a safe place to recall good memories and bad, discuss difficult experiences or moments of joy and excitement. Your journal is your friend!
Please out the form below to sign up… or, f you have questions, let e know, I will call you to go over everything. T
There is a cost, $40 per month (tools and materials fee) which can be paid by here by credit card or with cash or check at the door.
Region 10 can help you with the cost. Region 10 can also help provide someone to stay with person you care for while you come to the group. Just mark that on your sign-up form.
I look forward to having you join our group. I was in one for many years when my husband was ill. I’ve led groups, written about caregiving, and compiled a lot of caregiver art journals. You’ll be glad when you can make some too.
Sign up here if you have questions or need more information.
Hope to see you soon.