Loddon Mallee region carers discuss challenges, forge bonds

CARERS from the Loddon Mallee region came together yesterday to discuss the challenges facing ageing carers. 

The two-day seminar, run by the Ageing Carers Initiative Regional Family Network, is held quarterly and is aimed at carers who look after someone who lives with a disability. 

Aging Carers Initiative co-ordinator Peggy McKee said the challenge facing regional carers was being able to ask for help. 

“The challenge is realising you need help and accepting that,” she said. 

“Sometimes people are not prepared to ask for help or to sit down and plan for what happens next.”

Ms McKee said carers tended to put up barriers when asking for help.

“Parents often think they are the ones that know their child best and no one else can look after them like they can, but there is help out there,” she said. 

Ms McKee said although there were challenges for carers, the quarterly meetings provided people with a chance to bond with others who shared similar interests. 

“Friendships have been formed,” she said. “Things like bonding, making friends, people finding out they are not alone are some of the best things about this support network.

“We update each other on personal achievements.”

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