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 group across the region. 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. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.
The chapter recently launched a new support group in Lewiston. Caregivers gather at 6 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center, 5300 Military Road, Room 723A. New participants are always welcomed.
Information about the other 30-plus group meetings that take place across Western New York is available by visiting the chapter's website at www.alz.org/WNY or by calling 1-800-272-3900.