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 environment to 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:

  • You would like to gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia 
  • You need help because of a current crisis 
  • You want advice about specific caregiving struggles that you are experiencing or want a break from caregiving responsibilities 
  • You want to be with others who are having similar experiences 
  • You wish to learn about resources and options available to you or to your loved one 
  • You want a chance to be part of a supportive environment or community to learn from others in similar situations

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.

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 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.

If you have concerns that you feel may be beyond the scope of your support group, feel free to talk with the group facilitator. Our facilitators can provide suggestions and referral information so that your concerns can be adequately addressed in a more appropriate setting. You may also contact our office for input and ideas, or to arrange an appointment for a family consultation.

Specialty Groups

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.

Schedule

 

Please call us at (508) 775-5656 or email us to learn more.