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5/18/2013 9:59:00 PM
Gain strength by sharing problems with local women's support group
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Counselor's Column

"Sometimes, the most helpful kind of support is just listening," said Joyce Bugola, volunteer with the Senior Peer Program and facilitator of a local support group called Women of Wisdom (WOW). "There is a level of trust and friendship that develops that is deeper than that seen in mere social situations.

"The women in our group are willing to talk about their own needs, discuss their feelings, and put themselves in others' situations, in order to provide valuable feedback, without trying to fix the problem."

Bugola facilitates a Tuesday morning confidential, free support group for women. The current group of attendees ranges in age from approximately 65 to 85. The women who comprise this group are those who have issues resulting from their situations and age group. The problems these women face are those of loneliness resulting from isolation or living alone; grief, perhaps from the death of a husband or other family member; depression; health problems that are a factor of aging; conflicts with family members; or adjustments to retirement or change of residency.

Some issues may be long-standing, such as anger or resentments toward another person; some may be more current, such as the need to downsize from a house to a smaller residence.

"Many, if not most, of the current 'WOW women' have not worked outside the home, so family matters predominate," Bugola said. "They are, therefore, doing what they do best - listening. empathizing, and personally interacting on a face-to-face level."

The group is focused on prevention and wellness. It is targeted for senior women rather than ladies of all ages, so the participants have many issues in common.

The Women of Wisdom group meets in Prescott every Tuesday morning, and it is accepting new participants.

If interested in this free prevention program, please call the Senior Peer Program at 445-5211 extension 2672.

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