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Yoga Relay & Picnic to Support Family Caregivers
October 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kate Doran, owner of Savannah Power Yoga and SPRY Mind & Body is coordinating the 5th Annual Yoga Relay benefiting the Edel Caregiver Institute, a program of nonprofit Hospice Savannah offering free help to anyone caring for a loved one with dementia, illness or disability. The Yoga Relay will be held outdoors under an open pavilion and at a safe social distance on Friday, October 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Mayer Community Park, 1850 E Montgomery Cross Road. Please bring a picnic and stay to distantly socialize after the yoga!
At age 41, Kate suddenly became a working caregiver for her mother in law, “Like me, no family caregiver is ever prepared for a life-changing diagnosis like cancer or for the journey that lies ahead.” Most caregivers are thrust into their role unexpectedly, with little or no training, support or advice. Stressed and overwhelmed by the 24/7 nature of their responsibilities, caregivers often neglect their own health and well-being, leaving them less able to care for their loved ones. Kate explains, “If you want to do all 100 sun salutations yourself, that’s great! But if you want to have a relay team with others taking turns, that’s better. Having a tag team is a metaphor for accepting help – just as caregivers need to be open to accepting help!”
Proceeds benefit the Edel Caregiver Institute where, at no charge, caregivers can learn basic skills such as safely transferring a loved one to a bedside commode; join support groups; experience yoga relaxation classes; find a listening ear and be given practical assistance. Before the Yoga Relay, caregiver Cam Mathis will speak about the help she received as she cared for her husband John.