Sharing Encouragement and Emotional Support
The Alzheimer's Support Group is open to caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s and any other cause of dementia. The group is casual and decaf coffee and cookies are available.
In the group, members learn about how to deal with common situations experienced by caregivers of those with dementias such as: home safety hazards, financial and legal issues, difficulty with communication, taking the car keys away, and upsetting behaviors characteristic of various stages of the disease process.
The following are a few actual support group members’ responses to the group. The names have been changed to respect member’s confidentiality.
Caroline said, “It’s the only place I can go where I know the people will understand what I’m going through and not just try to tell me how normal my mom seems.”
Kayla asks, “Where else can I confess my feelings of anger, resentment, and frustration without being afraid I’ll be judged?”
Brad’s comment was, “The group saved my sanity and was a safe place to cry.“
Dan claimed, “I felt so guilty that I wasn’t doing a good job but the group helped me focus on the things I was doing right.”
Additional benefits of the group are:
- sharing experiences with compassionate listeners
- discovering one is not alone on this journey
- learning new coping techniques
- normalizing feelings
- developing awareness of community resources
- receiving encouragement and moral support