Support groups bring together people facing
Members of support groups often share experiences and advice.
It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation.
While not everyone wants or needs support
beyond that offered by family and friends,
you may find it helpful to turn to others outside your immediate circle.
A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated
as you make connections with others facing similar challenges.
A support group shouldn’t replace your standard medical care,
but it can be a valuable resource to help you cope
Dementia is not a
disease, but a group
that causes the loss of intellectual abilities affecting daily functioning.
High cholesterol, Normal-Pressure Hydrocephalus, Parkinson’s, Huntington,
Pick’s Lewy Body disease, or Multi-Infarct or Vascular Dementia caused by a stroke,
are among many other conditions that affect brain cells causing Dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of Dementia, and it affects about 5 million Americans.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include problems with memory, judgment,
and thinking. Memory loss and dementia will progress as the stages of Alzheimer’s advance.
In Family Caregiver Support groups, caregivers meet to provide mutual help and support,
to share coping strategies, and to feel more empowered by the sense of community.
The support group is a place wherecaregivers can relate their own experiences and difficulties
of caring for their family member;
They can listen to and accept other's experiences and difficulties,
and provide sympathetic understanding.
It becomes, in some instances, the only opportunity the caregiver has to socialize.