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Caregiver Support Groups
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Being a caregiver is not easy, but you are not alone.

 
Meeting on a monthly basis, over 30 caregiver support groups in the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter provide a consistent, caring place for discussion of the challenges of caregiving. Caregivers come to share experiences, tips, information, and offer support in a setting facilitated by staff or trained volunteers.
  • Caregiver Support Group Meeting Schedule 
    (rev. 09.19.2017)
  • 2017 Holiday Changes:
    Steubenville rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14 (same time)
    Green rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 18 (same time)
    Canton (Evening) rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19 (same time)
    St. Clairsville rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19 (same time)
    Tallmadge rescheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 19 (same time)
    Nordonia meeting cancelled for December
    Alliance will remain the same on Dec. 28
    Canfield will remain the same on Dec. 28
    Fairlawn will remain the same on Dec. 28

First time attendees: Meeting dates are subject to change due to inclement weather and holidays. To keep our schedule current, a new revision is occasionally posted.

Our caregiver support groups offer the opportunity to:

  • Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and their possible solutions
  • Share different ways of adapting to the continuing stress of coping
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns in a confidential, safe, supportive, non-threatening and non-judgemental atmosphere
  • Express and work though feelings associated with caregiving (e.g. fear, frustration, worry, guilt, anger and other emotions) with peers who have experienced similar feelings
  • Assist family members in developing realistic expectations of themselves and their cognitively impaired loved ones, and to understand the impact of the disease on family dynamics
  • Provide social contact for family members who feel isolated because of their constant, continuing care of their loved one
  • Establish sympathetic connections between families dealing with similar experiences so they can call on each other between meetings when things are difficult or isolating
  • Emphasize the importance of maintaining physical and mental health of the caregiver through use of respite, continued involvement or re-involvement in family life, work, community, and social and recreational activities

Connect with other caregivers online 24 hours a day

Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide a virtual community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from across the U.S., and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.


SAVVY Caregiver training

SAVVY Caregiver™ is an evidence-based and nationally-implemented training/educational program for caregivers of a person with memory loss. The program will teach caregivers strategies to help manage common challenges.

Caregivers will learn how to:

  • Manage a disease that does not improve
  • Understand the physical, mental and emotional impact
  • Help the person with memory loss remain involved in daily tasks
  • Develop important self-care skills
  • Develop skills for making decisions during their journey

For more information and to register, contact the Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter at geoachl@alz.org or 800.272.3900.


 

Alzheimer's Association

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