What is an Alzheimer’s Support Group?
An Alzheimer’s support group is a structured gathering of family caregivers, loved ones, friends, and clients who come together to discuss issues related to coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Some groups are educational with guest speakers, discussions, or video presentations. Other groups focus on providing a comfortable confidential environment to learn about the disease and gain emotional support through sharing thoughts and concerns with one another and with the group facilitator.
Why You May Want to Consider a Support Group
You may want to consider a support group if:
Caregiver support groups foster the development of a mutual support system helping to maintain your even improve one’s own health and well-being. Support groups also assist you in learning ways to provide optimal care for the person with dementia and become a better advocate.
Is a Support Group a Therapy Group?
No. Although a support group can help you cope with the challenges you may be facing as a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, the group does not offer the kind of in-depth personal analysis of a therapy group.
If you have concerns that you feel may be beyond the scope of your support group or if you find you need more support, the counseling team at Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services offers private and family counseling services. Please contact our office at any time for input and ideas, or to arrange an appointment for a family consultation.
For more information about our current support groups or to find one near you.
A client shares her story of hope and support.
“Alzheimer’s caregiver support group has allowed me to share my inner feelings with others who feel the same way and are going through the same thing that I am going through. This group has given me the strength to go on every day.” - Brenda Danovitch
“I think it’s a wonderful program. The group is very well handled. It’s a nice group and we do get to talk about our situations. I enjoy being there and it’s something I look forward to. I think it’s a really great organization and anything I can do to help, I’m happy to do.” – anonymous
If you would like to learn more about any of our support groups, call (508) 775-5656 or email Info@HopeDementia.org.