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Get the Emotional Support You Need

A support group is a group of understanding friends experiencing similar struggles which can make a world of difference to those who face the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia. These groups typically meet monthly and all are coordinated by trained volunteer facilitators.

Click here for a list of caregiver support groups by county.

Alzheimer’s Association - Caregiver Support Group Facilitator Training

Tuesday, June 24th 12:30PM-3:30PM

Sharon United Methodist Church

4411 Sharon Road

Charlotte, NC 28211

 

Do you have a heart for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease? Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Consider becoming an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator - The Alzheimer’s Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, is looking for Support Group Facilitators. The goal of the Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups is to provide emotional, social and/or educational support to group members. Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with dementia as a family member or health care professional preferred.

  • Ability to be empathic and separate personal needs from group needs. 

  • Strong listening skills and effective communication skills. 

  • Ability to redirect and facilitate discussion as well as fulfill the duties and responsibilities as described by the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Ability to create and maintain a safe environment where participants’ thoughts and feelings are valued and group members are treated with fairness, equity and respect.  

  • Commitment to promote the mission and services of the Alzheimer’s Association and willingness to act as an extension of the Association.
     

Time commitment: A commitment of at least one year is expected.


For more information and to RSVP please contact Sarah Dunning – 704-532-7390

 

NEW GROUPS!

Spanish & Asian Language Telephone Support Groups - COMING IN JUNE!

Coffee & Conversation - A men's caregiver support group at Davidson United Methodist Church. For more information, contact 1.800.272.3900 or infonc@alz.org.

Young Adult Support Group - Open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 24. Click here for details.

Telephone Support Group - Open for anyone that would like support, but struggle to access a support group location.  Click here for details.

Walking Support Group - Walk with other caregivers and talk, network, and empathize, or simply enjoy the silence of nature. Walks occur on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. Location varies. Distance of walk is between 1 mile and 2.5 miles. They are designed for beginning walkers/hikers. Please consult with physician prior to beginning exercise regimen. Click here for details.

 

EARLY STAGE SUPPORT GROUPS
These groups are for those with early stages of dementia and their care partner.

Common Ground Social Groups


Have you been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or related dementia and need support? Call us at 800.272.3900 to learn about early stage support groups for people living with the disease and additional resources.

 

SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATORS

Support Group Facilitator Training

Click here for PurplePowerNC, the quarterly newsletter for support group facilitators.

Interested in becoming a support group facilitator? Contact Sarah Dunning at 704.532.7390 or sdunning@alz.org.

 

For more information about support groups and a list of groups in your area, call 800.272.3900 or email to infonc@alz.org.


Connect With Others Online

The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide an online community for persons with Alzheimer's 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.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association online community.


 

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