It has been said that Alzheimer’s and dementia related diseases are the cruelest of all diseases, forcing family and friends to watch their loved ones disappear before their eyes. As each memory, skill and personality trait vanishes, caregivers face the challenge of maintaining the quality of life for both the affected persons and themselves. Support groups for caregivers of individuals with these diseases are often the primary resource for training, information, sharing, and emotional support during the painful journey through these devastating diseases.
Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Support Group Meetings are scheduled at Community Nursing Services of North East office on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The meetings are led by a trained facilitator and co-facilitator from Community Nursing Services of North East. These meetings are intended to offer opportunities for families and caregivers who are dealing with this disease, as well as other vascular related diseases such as strokes, Parkinson’s, etc to connect with others meeting similar challenges, reduce feelings of isolation, learn techniques that help ease the physical and emotional burden for both the patients and caregiver, and share practical ideas and feelings in a supportive setting.
All meetings are free and open to the public, with the assurance that all information will be kept confidential. Please call Community Nursing Services if you would like additional information on the Alzheimer’s Support Group meetings.