Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be stressful and isolating, but support groups can provide coping tools and a welcoming embrace from others in the same position.
The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York chapter sponsors a number of caregiver support groups across the eight-county region it represents and is offering a free training program for those interested in facilitating those meetings. The groups meet monthly, and are designed to provide emotional and social support for caregivers and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. Meeting facilitators also encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical, and emotional health, as well as provide the best care possible for the person with dementia.
Currently, a support group meeting in the Jamestown area is in need of a facilitator who can commit to overseeing a monthly group for at least one year.
Training for Support Group Facilitators will take place in early March at the WNY Chapter office in Williamsville, but alternate training can be arranged. Information on the requirements for becoming a facilitator, including expected time requirements, is available by calling 1.800.272.3900 during traditional business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).