A little over two years ago I talked my 89 year old Dad into going to a support group for caregivers. We were dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's, which started to rob us of my mother four to five years earlier. We knew we needed help, but had never been part of a support group.
A therapist helping us deal with Alzheimer's and the pain of slowly losing my mother suggested we look into the Friendship Centers' programs here in Sarasota. Little did I know this group would become the most significant thing Dad and I could do to understand and deal with the pain of Alzheimer's.
I know a lot of you are not in the Sarasota area, but there are support groups just about everywhere in the country. Take the time to find out what's in your area and then go to a couple of sessions for a "test drive". A great support group can help you stop feeling like you're alone; deal with the challenges of Alzheimer's and dementia and help you recognize the importance of taking care of yourself.
If you're in the Sarasota area...
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, Thursdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
For caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia-related diseases. In
conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information contact the Caregiver Resource Centers in Sarasota and Venice. For details. including upcoming course schedules, call 941.556.3270 in Sarasota and North Sarasota County, call 941.584.0050 in Venice and South Sarasota County.
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