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 while helping 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.
Niagara County meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month in Lewiston, at Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Room 723A, 5300 Military Road; and at 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport.
For more information about the other support group meetings that take place across Western New York, visit the chapter's website at alz.org/WNY or call 1-800-272-3900.