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 environment to gain emotional support through sharing thoughts and concerns with one another and with the group facilitator.
You may want to consider a support group if:
At the support group, families and caregivers develop a mutual support system that can help maintain your own health and well-being and assist you in learning ways to provide optimal care for the person with dementia.
No. Although a support group can help you cope with the challenges you may be facing as a care partner 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.
Support groups can be directed to individuals with particular needs or issues, such as those with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, those coping with bereavement following the death of a loved one, or adult children of Alzheimer’s patients. If you would like to learn more about the specialty groups currently available, call our office for information.
Times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Please call us at (508) 775-5656 or email us to learn more.