“Were it not for the many support groups in these areas, I would be lost, without a path to follow.”
“My group has helped me to realize I am not alone, I can do this, and there is even more help out there.”
“This group was my ‘savior’ while I was caregiving for my mom. I recommend it to anyone I know facing Alzheimer’s.”
-Comments from recent Cleveland Chapter Support Group feedback surveys
Providing care for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be difficult and isolating work. Caregivers encounter a range of emotions: grief, frustration, bewilderment, hope (sometimes all in one day!) and many are not comfortable discussing these with family or friends. Some caregivers do not want to worry their loved ones. Others might find their feelings shameful, or might fear being misunderstood by those unfamiliar with the disease. Still others might have a strong desire to share, but have not yet found the right person to listen.
The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups aim to help caregivers along their journey by providing a safe, supportive, confidential environment to share experiences. All types of caregivers – full-time, live-in, long-distance, spouses, adult children, friends – are welcome to attend the groups, each of which is guided by an Alzheimer’s Association-trained facilitator with first-hand knowledge of dementia. At a support group a caregiver can: learn about memory loss, make friends, share resources and tips with others, hear about local and national Alzheimer’s news, and be given the time to vent or the permission to chuckle over their own experiences.
Our support groups are free of charge and do not require registration. Please note that unless otherwise specified, groups are for caregivers only, and are not appropriate for diagnosed individuals.
If you have any questions about the support groups call Mary Ann Walker at (216) 342-5595