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Support Groups

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group is a structured gathering of caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia who meet to discuss issues related to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The purpose of a support group is to provide an opportunity for family members and caregivers to meet and develop a mutual support system that will help maintain the health and well being of its members. People come to support groups typically looking for people who “really understand because they’ve been there, too.”

Support Groups provide an opportunity for members 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-judgmental atmosphere.

  • Express and work through feelings associated with caregiving (e.g., fear, frustration, worry, guilt, anger, and other emotions) with others who have experienced similar feelings.

  • Assist family members in developing realistic expectations of themselves and their cognitively impaired loved ones and understanding the impact of the disease on family dynamics.

  • Provide social contact for family members who feel isolated because of their 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.

  • Familiarize people with resources within the Association and the community.

  • 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.


In-Person Caregiver Support Groups

In-person caregiver support groups are held monthly throughout Mississippi.

Contact Cindy Widdig at 601-738-0111 to find out if there is a support group in your area.   


Monthly Telephone Caregiver Support Group

The Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter will begin offering a monthly telephone support group for caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in January 2018.   If you are interested in participating in the telephone caregiver support group, please contact Cindy Widdig at 601-738-0111 to register.  This group will be limited to 10 participants. 

Online Support Groups can be a simple way for caregivers to connect from home and receive the same peer support that they would get in an in-person group.  Online Support Groups are good choices for individuals who: 

  • Prefer using technology to participate in a group.
  • Live a great distance from in person meeting locations.
  • Have difficulty with transportation. 
  • Meeting times that pose a problem (driving in dark, scheduling conflicts, sole caregiver and/or caring for children, etc.).


To stay updated on support programs in Mississippi, please sign up here, or contact Cindy Widdig, Director of Community Education and Awareness at 601-738-0111 or cwiddig@alz.org.


The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. Call us toll-free anytime day or night at 1.800.272.3900.


 

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