Self-Care for Caregivers

December 2022

For many, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Traveling, visiting family and friends, decorating, indulging in traditions — it truly is the season for spending time with loved ones and making memories. But for family caregivers, that may not always be the case.

The holidays can take a major toll on you as a family caregiver. provides some helpful tips so you can focus on having more meaningful time with your loved ones.

Caregiver Support Groups

The Caregiver Foundation

The Caregiver Foundation is a Hawaii-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide practical and emotional support to seniors, disabled adults and their caregivers. They host a FREE monthly virtual support group for caregivers on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 4-5 pm HST. Sign up by clicking the link:

Project Dana caregiver support group

Project Dana's mission is to provide compassionate support and services to Hawaii's kupuna and their caregivers. Caregiver support group meetings are being held virtually online through Zoom. Please contact Maria Morales at (808) 945-3736 or email: for more information.

Special Parent Information Network (SPIN)

SPIN is a parent to parent organization in Hawaii that provides information, support and referral to parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. Their array of support groups specialize in various needs. Please contact them at (808) 586-8126 or email: for more information.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii is committed to offering community-focused education, support, and advocacy programs for family caregivers and individuals living in recovery from mental illness. Online programs require registration. Email: for more information.

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This newsletter is a joint collaboration of the DOE Central District's School Social Workers and Human Services Professionals. The purpose is to highlight information that you may find useful, and does not serve as a comprehensive list. We do not endorse any specific organization. Mahalo!