Oxford starts community support group

OXFORD -- Oxford College is starting a support group that will involve the local community.

In February, the Community Caregivers Education and Support Group plans to start meeting to provide care and support to certain members of the community.

Originally, Oxford employees formed a group to support those who care for aging or sick family members as an offshoot of the group started at Atlanta's Emory University at the WorkLife Resource Center.

But the college has decided to open it up to members of the community.

"As far as we know, there is no group of this kind that currently serves our community, and we did not want to keep this service strictly within the confines of Oxford College," said Sue Dale, director of Human Resources at Oxford College. "We are pleased to be able to provide information, connection and support to those who deal with the taxing responsibilities of providing care for family members."

The group expects to educate and support residents who provide care for individuals who are mentally or physically ill, have memory loss, have a change in living arrangements, experience grief or loss, or have communication difficulties.

The group will meet with those who need help, share experiences and hear presentations on a variety of topics, such as techniques of care and stress management. They also expect to get access to local and regional resources.

The group is open to the public and requires no cost.

Meetings begin Feb. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Oxford College Student Center. They expect to meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the same time and location.

More information is available by contacting the Emory WorkLife Resource Center at 404-727-8000 or Callie Curington-Weber, facilitator of the meetings who is a chaplain and bereavement coordinator at Abbey Hospice in Social Circle, at 770-464-5858.