New York, NY – Everyone knows someone whose life has been impacted by a disability, illness, or chronic condition. Experts estimate that as many as one in three people provide regular support to a friend or family member, from going to medical appointments to providing hands-on care.
But who is caring for the caregivers?
Adrienne Gruberg is a former family caregiver and founder of The Caregiver Space, a website and social network platform designed to provide emotional support and understanding for family caregivers.
“There are now tens of millions of caregivers in this country and yet they all feel isolated,” says Adrienne. “We need to stop marginalizing this population. The Caregiver Space gives people a place to go to help them navigate the emotions of this experience as well as practical experts.”
As caregiver to her late husband Steve and mother-in-law, Sylvia, for six years, Adrienne knows firsthand how difficult and isolating this experience can be. In September 2012, shortly after losing her husband and mother-in-law to cancer, she founded The Caregiver Survival Network, now known as The Caregiver Space.
With forums and support groups comprised of people with firsthand experience, as well as an incredible base of expert writers to share their experiences and answer questions, The Caregiver Space serves as a place to vent or ask questions specific to a disease or specific to caregiving.
“Unfortunately, in so many cases, it’s not going to be a happy ending,” says Adrienne. “So caregiving is about dignity. Patients need to feel heard, but so do caregivers. There are lots of people who want to give back and share their experiences. We provide the platform for them to do so.
For more information on The Caregiver Space, visit thecaregiverspace.org
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