Support groups are gatherings of caregivers and family members that meet on a monthly basis. Groups provide a consistent and caring place for members to discuss challenges of caregiving, share their feelings, give and receive mutual support, as well as exchange information and educate themselves about issues related to Alzheimer’s disease. Staff or trained volunteers facilitate the discussion.
The chapter offers over 30 support groups each month throughout our area. All of our groups offer the opportunity to:
• Connect with other families and caregivers who are dealing with the disease and reduce feelings of isolation.
• Develop a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and the disease process.
• Share and learn practical suggestions for caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease and coping as a caregiver or family member.
• Express feelings, such as venting frustrations, anger, and disappointments, and share successes in a supportive setting.
• Vent frustrations, anger, and disappointments and share successes in a non-judgmental environment.
• Get encouragement and moral support.
• Learn about community resources and Association programs.
In addition, we are able to provide new attendees with a free copy of the of the well-known Alzheimer’s resource book, The 36-Hour Day, by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins at many of our groups. For a list of these groups, please call the chapter.
Note: Support group schedules occasionally change frequently. Also, sometimes a group may invite a speaker to discuss issues related to Alzheimer’s disease, such as legal issues or an overview of the disease.
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No one needs to go through Alzheimer’s disease alone!
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Living with Alzheimer's: An education program which helps those living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder is life-changing and leads to many questions:
How do I plan for the future?
Where can I get the help I need?
What resources are available to help?
Living with Alzheimer's is an interactive program for persons in the early stage of memory loss and their care partners. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life. The program meets once a month, beginning January 2013, for a total of five educational sessions. For more information on Living with Alzheimer's, contact the Alzheimer's Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide a virtual online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.
In addition, we are able to provide new attendees with a free copy of the of the well-known Alzheimer’s resource book, The 36-Hour Day, by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins at most of our groups. For a list of these groups, please call the chapter.
Note: Support group schedules occasionally change frequently. Also, sometimes a group may invite a speaker to discuss issues related to Alzheimer’s disease, such as legal issues or an overview of the disease. Please call the chapter to verify details before attending your first meeting.