Try a Support Group – Even If You Don’t Want To
Are you caring for a person living with dementia? Feeling alone? Overwhelmed? Give our support group a try. There’s no charge and no commitment to attend regularly – although regular attendance will help you in ways you do not yet appreciate. Not comfortable sharing personal information? No problem. You are welcome to share as much or as little as you choose.
A support group can be an great resource. If you’re having doubts about joining a support group, read on to learn why it might be worth a try. Caring for a loved one living with a dementia can be a challenging endeavor. Support groups are an excellent way to form emotional connections, share experiences, gain knowledge, and find additional resources – and you can even participate from the comfort of your own home.
Being a care partner for someone living with a dementia requires a great deal of time and energy. Whether or not you are also balancing employment and family commitments, there is often not much time left for socializing or connecting with others—leading to isolation and loneliness. Support groups can provide you with a social and emotional connection with others who share similar experiences. These groups provide a safe space to vent frustrations and share joys. You may also find that support group members are able to relate to each other in ways that friends or relatives may not be able to understand because they have not experienced living with dementia.
Besides emotional connections, care partner support groups offer the opportunity for individuals to share experiences, tips, and advice. Those in the support group are often at a variety of stages of the journey, so they may have very practical and helpful suggestions for challenges you are currently facing. You may be able to feel that you have helped others by offering advice to them, as well. Support group members may assist you by offering a new perspective on a situation you are encountering. Sharing real-life experiences with others can often be more engaging than reading a care partner book.
Our support groups are designed for a group of individuals to meet and share experiences and emotional support. They are facilitated by Certified Dementia Specialists who have years of experience supporting families living with dementia and other impairments. They can help you understand more about a particular condition and the why behind certain situations you are facing.
Besides offering emotional support, our support groups are an excellent source for finding additional resources. You will learn about free classes, valuable publications, and other programs.
Explore Virtual Advantages
While there are advantages to in-person groups, the pandemic showed us that virtual groups are also valuable. There is no travel time, no need to find someone to take over care duties, and no need to remove your comfortable slippers! A virtual group can also allow several members of your family to attend, even if they do not live near each other. This can enable your family to seek support together and feel connected across the miles.
Why not give one of our support groups a try? All you need to do is contact our office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-344-5008) and tell us if you prefer the group that meets at 1:30 the 2nd Tuesday of each month or the group which meets at 6:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday. The facilitator will send a Zoom invite to the email address you provide. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.