Free Richmond workshops aim to support family caregivers

A new workshop series coming to Richmond this spring hopes to encourage healthy aging among caregivers.

The series, called “Relax, Recharge, Reset” is geared towards those who give unpaid care to an older adult, whether it’s a spouse, family member, friend or neighbour.

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“Caregivers play a vital role in the healthcare system,” said Carol Dickson, manager of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives’ Seniors Community Support Services in a press release.

“In caring for a loved one, they take on a huge responsibility, to the point where they sometimes ignore their own health and wellbeing.”

The free workshops, set to launch in May, will focus on physical activity and allow caregivers to try yoga, meditation, tai chi and more.

“We want to provide a supportive space where caregivers can come together and learn new strategies for coping with stress and burnout,” Dickson said. “Even if they only attend one or two sessions, they’ll still come away with skills and tools they can use at home.”

RCRG has partnered with the City of Richmond to offer these workshops, which will run throughout the community.

The workshop series is funded by the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, which supports projects that empower seniors and enhance their social well-being.

“Supporting the health and well-being of seniors is a priority for the Government of Canada,” said the Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors in a press release.

“Through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are supporting projects, like the Relax, Recharge, Reset Workshop Series, which promote social inclusion and improve the well-being of seniors. Our government is always working to help Canadian seniors to continue contributing to their communities, as well as ensuring more seniors have a secure and dignified retirement.”

Recently, Vancouver Coastal Health announced it will match the Canadian government’s contribution as well.

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