Receiving an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can be overwhelming. There is so much information presented all at once that it can be challenging to take everything in. You may be feeling lost, confused or frustrated with your new diagnosis that you may find it difficult to cope. However, this is where Alzheimer’s support groups come in.
What Is an Alzheimer’s Support Group?
Alzheimer’s Support groups are organized by professionals with knowledge of the condition to which the group is focused on.
Some Alzheimer’s support groups can take place on a regular basis; either weekly, monthly or several times throughout the year. Depending on the size of the group, meetings can happen in a set place, such as a community center or a church hall.
Benefits of Support Groups for People With Alzheimer’s
Support groups provide a safe place for people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a loved one who has a family member who is affected by Alzheimer’s, or for caregivers of patient’s with Alzheimer’s.
These Alzheimer’s support groups provide support in numerous different ways. It can be a place for people to share their frustrations, ask questions, share experiences, give advice and tips for living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and how to cope with the disease.
Dealing with a chronic condition like dementia isn’t something you should try to do on your own. Life with Alzheimer’s can be difficult–even scary–and you’ll benefit immensely from meeting people who have first-hand experience with what you are going through.
For example, after connecting with others who are going through the same situation as yourself, you may no longer feel isolated. Also, you’ll realize that you do belong somewhere and you can reach out to fellow group members when you need compassion or advice. Having that support with others will make your life a little bit easier.
How to Find an Alzheimer’s Support Group
When searching for a support group that is right for you, there are many things to consider. For example, attending a professionally led group can be a better fit if you’re looking for answers about your condition.
You can also reach out to your doctor who may have a list of resources on local support groups for people in all stages of Alzheimer’s, from early-onset Alzheimer’s to caregivers and even groups for family members.
If you’re finding it difficult to find a support group in person, you can also look online. One example is NewLifeOutlook’s Alzheimer’s community. People who are both experiencing dementia or taking care of Alzheimer’s patients can ask questions, share their struggles and experiences, and provide advice the same way as in an in-person group environment.
Whatever you choose, both online groups and in-person support groups may be beneficial to everyone involved.
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