Wednesday Workshop – Why It’s a Great Idea to Join a Support Group
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Caring for someone that has Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other cognitive impairment is hard. Connecting with others who have the same kinds of struggles as you do is an important part of coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Groups are facilitated by trained professionals or former family caregivers, whose primary purpose is to provide knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease while allowing members to receive emotional support and encouragement from others in a similar situation. Some meet weekly, biweekly and monthly.
While attending a group is not the solution for all, it can be a vital part of maintaining the health and well-being of both caregiver and patient. Groups provide vital education about managing dementia care that reduces stress for all involved. Research has shown that attending a support group can not only reduce caregiver stress, but improve the functioning of people with Alzheimer’s, keep them living at home longer, and assisting in managing difficult behaviors that may arise.
Many people don’t attend a group because they think they are depressing or someplace you go if you can’t cope. But the opposite is true! Groups help you cope. Studies have found that the least depressed caregivers attend a group. And group members themselves have often found that while the group is a good place to cry if you need to, it is also a great place to laugh.
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