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New caregiver support group facilitated by Eagle Creek resident will meet at Estacada First Baptist Church

An Eagle Creek resident is facilitating a group focused on those who care for patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Karen Filaroski, a registered nurse, will host a caregiver support group at Estacada First Baptist Church, 29101 S.E. Eagle Creek Road. The group's first meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. It's free and open to anyone caring for some-

one with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

"I want to give back to the community I live in and provide that service," Filaroski said, noting that one meeting each month is planned, though this number might increase to two if necessary. "I want to spread the word to people in the Estacada community that there's something right here in our community where people can get help to support them on their journey."

Heidi Rowell, program director for the Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, said there

are 67,000 Oregonians liv-

ing with Alzheimer's disease.

"We have 186,000 caregivers in the state of Oregon who provided 212 million hours of unpaid care last year," she said. "A national poll found that 42% of dementia caregivers provided an average of nine hours of care per day. Twenty-seven percent of those caregivers delayed or neglected to do the things they should for their own health."

Filaroski added that support from others is benef-

icial for families and caregivers.

"If they're going through what someone else is experiencing, they can share their experiences and recommendations," she said.

— Emily Lindstrand


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