Alzheimer's Support Groups

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Alzheimer’s disease is not only life-changing for those who are diagnosed but also for their loved ones. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia is a difficult, stressful, and deeply emotional journey. Support groups are an essential part of that journey, whether it is for caregivers, family members, or those close to someone diagnosed with a dementia-causing illness. Alzheimer’s Association support groups are designed to create a safe, confidential and supportive environment. They are a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Through emotional, educational and social support, caregivers create friendships, bonds and memories that make the journey of Alzheimer’s disease less difficult and less stressful. It is a wonderful way to connect with…show more content…
Support groups are a place to talk through challenges, discuss ways of coping with the disease, to share feelings, needs and concerns, to share practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions, and to learn about resources available in the local community. There are support groups that are specifically designed for family caregivers, individuals with younger-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, adult children as caregivers, life after caregiving and many more. Another way for families to stay connected is through AlzConnected, an online social networking community for anyone impacted by Alzheimer’s or another dementia. AlzConnected members can share their questions, experiences and tips via message boards and live chat rooms 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, free of charge. AlzConnected provides answers to dementia-related questions and concerns and ongoing support for the community. It is a wonderful way for caregivers to stay connected and help one another throughout the journey of Alzheimer’s
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