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 two caregiver support groups in Niagara County. 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.
Meetings in Niagara County include:
•Lewiston: 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Room 723A, 5300 Military Road
•Lockport: 1 p.m. the first and third Thursday at the Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St.
Information about the other support 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.