"In the United States alone, more than 65 million caregivers support their dependent loved ones day in and day out with precious little assistance from existing health care organizations or local communities," said Jay Kraker, founder of the Empowered Caregiver Network.
"Many caregivers cannot find sufficient time away from their loved ones to take care of themselves," explained Kraker
, who has served as primary caregiver for his
wife, Susan, for 21 years.
"Yet, if we do not take care of ourselves first, we cannot possibly care for our loved ones successfully for the long haul.
"That's one reason the concept of Virtual Support Groups is so powerful and essential within the caregiver community.
All a caregiver has to do to participate in a Virtual Support Group is to make a phone call and join the conversation."
In addition to providing Virtual Support Groups and a blog for caregivers, ECN
will facilitate the formation of local chapters of Empowered Caregivers
," said Kraker
Empowered Caregiver Network