Making a Difference in the Lives of Caregivers
Individuals caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory loss can often find themselves physically and emotionally overwhelmed by their responsibilities. While they may have family and friends to lean on, caregivers often feel guilty or unable to express their feelings freely and openly to people who are close or connected to the person with Alzheimer’s. As a result, caregivers may find themselves bottling up unexpressed fears and emotions.
The ideal solution is reputable alzheimer’s support groups.
A support group offers caregivers a safe environment in which to release emotions, concerns and worries without fear of being judged. But that’s only the beginning.
The right support group blends both psychological support and practical experience, providing information, insight and value that can’t be gained simply by reading about Alzheimer’s disease on the Internet or in books.
In the security of a support group, caregivers can ask questions and get answers. They can share their individual stories and challenges and listen to others share theirs. With this open communication, caregivers can learn strategies that may help them in their day-to-day challenges.
Most importantly, in a support group, the caregiver will be surrounded and unconditionally supported by people who share and understand their experience. They’ve all walked in his or her shoes. And their points of view are invaluable.
In such a compassionate environment, a caregiver is free to express any fears or frustrations without guilt. The support group offers an ideal opportunity to cope with the stress a caregiver experiences every day.
Finding a Alzheimer’s Support Groups
It’s important to find the right support group for you. Search for an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia support group in your area. Such groups are often sponsored and organized by local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, hospitals, churches, community organizations and others. To get started in the right direction, a caregiver might consider asking his or her loved one’s doctor for a recommendation or information on local support groups.
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