www.wellspouse.org – Well Spouse Association
You are not alone!
Author and spousal caregiver Maggie Strong, whose husband battled Multiple Sclerosis wrote the book Mainstay: For the Well Spouse of the Chronically Ill and realized that to simply write a book was not enough. After promoting her book on national television, she met several well spouses who were interested in forming a grassroots, non-profit organization committed to reaching out to as many others well spouses as possible. From there, the Well Spouse Association was born. WSA grew in its early days through regional coordinators. Their invaluable mission is to provide emotional peer-to-peer support to the wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled.
WSA is a membership program for spousal caregivers and with an estimated population of 7 million spousal caregivers in the U.S. they are constantly striving for new ways to meet the challenges! They achieve this through a national network of Support Groups; by facilitating a Mentor program; and, Round Robin letter writing groups that publish the newsletter (Mainstay) and e-newsletter (Member Minute). The WSA website provides resources for coping and survival skills including an on-line chat forum for spousal caregivers, resource for regional respite weekends and a national conference for caregivers.
Baby boomer caregivers will recognize the value of WSA’s peer-to-peer support in addition to raising public awareness to health care professionals and the general public about the special challenges and unique issues “well” spouses face every day. You can help out by becoming a State Support Contact, or help spread the word as a WSA Ambassador; this is the best way for spousal caregivers to know that there are people who really do care. Help send out cards, or become a grant writer. Host a fundraiser or run a WSA Respite Weekend. Peruse the wealth of resources available for all caregivers and be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.