For those who have an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, or have a family member living with the disease, life can sometimes feel overwhelming and isolating. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia can present exhausting challenges that can take a significant toll on caregivers’ physical and mental health.
Support groups can offer caregivers the assistance and reassurance they might need to manage stress and take time for their own much-needed care. Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups provide a consistent and caring place for people to learn, share and gain emotional support from others who are also on the unique journey of caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease, and the disease is not the person,” said Sally Davies, Lincoln County support group facilitator. “The Alzheimer’s Association provides free support group meetings all across the United States. I volunteer for the Alzheimer's Association to honor my dad, who has been fighting this disease for 15 years.”
The Lincoln County support group meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at St. Peter Lutheran Church, located 1226 SW 13th St., Lincoln City. The group is free and open to anyone caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. To find out more information or to register, call 800-272-3900.
Finding a support group to connect and share stories with, seek advice from or simply have other caregivers available to listen on a regular basis can help lower stress and alleviate the health risks that dementia caregivers may face. Support groups also provide information on community resources for Alzheimer’s education, local facilities and services caregivers may need and other programs and information that can ease the workload.
If you or someone you know is dealing with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900. The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 helpline is available for free, in more than 200 languages.