If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you know what effect that diagnosis has on families, particularly family caregivers. Caring for a senior with AD is rewarding, but it can become emotional and difficult without the right assistance. Support groups give family caregivers a way to connect with others who understand the disease, can help them learn new coping strategies, and provide them with a strong support system. Colorado Springs Home Care Assistance recommends the following outreach services for family caregivers.
Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups
The Alzheimer’s Association offers professionally and peer-led support groups for caregivers of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease. These include groups specifically for children, those with early-onset Alzheimer’s, and family caregivers. The organization has more than 100 support groups nationwide in most major cities. You can find your local chapter online to gain access to additional caregiver services and programs.
ALZConnected Online Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Association also offers an online support group with more than 9,000 members throughout the United States. This online community can help you come to terms with the changes in your life and get answers to your questions without having to leave home. This is a useful option for family members who are unable to leave their senior loved ones unattended or who need help during irregular hours.
Alzheimer’s Disease Centers
There are Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers throughout the United States that recommend treatment facilities for seniors with the disease, but many of these locations also have support groups for both seniors and family caregivers. The website offers information regarding clinical trials, publications, news, and research portfolios so caregivers can stay up to date on the latest in Alzheimer’s research.
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) brings together more than 2,400 organizations across the country to help meet the educational, emotional, and social needs of people with Alzheimer’s and their families. The AFA offers a few ways for families to network with social workers and other caregivers in Colorado Springs, though there are alternative outreach methods if in-person meetings aren’t possible. The AFA Care Connection is a monthly teleconference that takes place on the second Thursday of every month and connects family caregivers with supportive professionals to learn more about dementia and AD.
Family Caregiver Alliance
The Family Caregiver Alliance works to support the needs of family caregivers across the United States. The Alliance provides three different online caregiver support groups: the Caregiver Online Group is an unmediated community of caregivers; the LGBT Community Support group offers a place for LGBT caregivers to discuss the unique challenges they face; and the Link2Care Support Group is specifically for caregivers in California. The organization’s Family Care Navigator helps family caregivers find private, public, and nonprofit services and programs in their area, including government programs, legal resources, and dementia organizations.
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be difficult for seniors, but it can be just as challenging for the family members who care for them. It’s important for family caregivers to seek out support to maintain a positive outlook and overall health, and the above organizations can help. For additional help meeting the care needs of your loved one, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our trusted caregivers offer Alzheimer’s home care in Colorado Springs on an as-needed basis, and we use a specialized approach to Alzheimer’s care called the Cognitive Therapeutics Method at no additional charge. This program uses a series of games and activities to promote cognitive health, sharpen mental acuity, and enhance overall life quality. Call us today at (719) 822-1229 to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager and schedule your free consultation.