CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Nearly 100 people filled the Tyvola Senior Center in Charlotte Monday afternoon, eager to learn and share the challenges of caring for a love one who cannot take care of themselves.

The forum featured Lisa Gwyther, director of Duke family support program.

The biggest risk to families is isolation. Being alone with somebody 24/7 and not knowing what to do.

Taking on the role of caregiver for a parent or sibling-- or anyone, is often a financially, emotionally, and physically-draining journey, the AARP says. The goal of Monday s forum was to empower families with the knowledge of what to expect and how to receive resources on the city and county level.

Trena Palmer helped her mother pass away at home. Complications from a heart surgery left her caring for her Mother on and off for years. She knows that her story is not unique and wants to encourage anyone to seek assistance.

My sister said, how do families do this without a social worker with them? I said they go without services that they don't even know could be helping them.

Respite is often the thing needed most. The heath of the caregiver often goes into decline as energies and focus are given to the loved one. It is a growing issue in North Carolina. Right now 59 counties have more people over 60 years of age, then under the age of 60. By the year 2025, the AARP believes the number of counties will grow to 89.

Here is a list of websites and phone numbers in our area to help you with caring for a love one:

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