Family and Caregiver Support Groups
The Alzheimer's Association's Family and Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provided emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop coping methods and encourage caregivers to maintain their personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. The support groups are affiliated with the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter but are independently run by as many as 40 volunteer facilitators across the state. The group leaders have participated in the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter's Support Group Facilitator Training Program and have signed confidentiality agreements and conflict of interest forms.
People come to support groups looking for others who "really understand their situation because they've been there too."
For immediate assistance or to speak to someone about support groups call our 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
Early Stage Support Groups
The Alzheimer's Association's Early Stage Support Groups are led by trained facilitators and offer dementia-related education, resources, emotional support and connections with others living with the disease. Topics include disclosing the diagnosis, changing relationships, maintaining independence, and medications and research.
These groups are currently being offered in the following communities:
Pre-registration is required to attend an Early Stage Support Group. Please contact Peter Baker at 207.772.0115 x 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Telephone Caregiver Support Group
The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter is hosting a Telephone Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias who may find it difficult to travel to a meeting site. The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. For more information about joining the Telephone Caregiver Support Group contact Peter Baker at email@example.com
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