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RCRG invites caregivers to unwind

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:45 PST, Thu November 14, 2019

There’s some relief in store for caregivers this month.

Recognizing their stresses throughout the year, Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives is giving caregivers a chance to unwind. As part of the ongoing Relax, Recharge, Reset workshop series, caregivers are invited to an introduction of Chinese calligraphy Nov. 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the East Richmond Community Centre. Then on Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Thompson Community Centre, and again Nov. 27 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Minoru Centre for Active Living, caregivers are invited to partake in laughter yoga.

Studies suggest that practicing calligraphy can have a calming effect similar to meditation, while laughter yoga encourages participants to laugh voluntarily as a means of enhancing one’s overall sense of well-being. 

“It’s important that family caregivers have a chance to unwind,” says Carol Dickson, manager of RCRG’s Seniors Community Support Services. “Our workshops focus on activities and techniques that caregivers can turn to if they’re feeling overwhelmed. We want to help them better manage their stress.” 

Relax, Recharge, Reset workshops are intended for seniors who provide unpaid care to another older adult. All sessions are free to attend, and include light refreshments.

“It’s about trying new activities, but also social interaction,” says Dickson. “Because they’re all caregivers, participants often find they can easily relate to one another. The workshops become a supportive space where caregivers can form new friendships.” 

To register for any of the November sessions, call 604-279-7099 or e-mail cdickson@rcrg.org.

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