The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a support group, led by an Alzheimer's Association-trained leader for caregivers on the fourth Mondays at the Howell Branch. The support group is a safe place to learn, receive helpful tips, connect with resources, and meet others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The group meets from 11-12:30, except May 28. Other related programs include:
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Salem Church Branch, Thursday, April 12, 1:00-2:30
Learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and find strategies to help with common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's Disease. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association.
10 Warning Signs: When Is Forgetfulness a Problem?
Cooper Branch, Tuesday, April 24, 2:00-3:30
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral challenges, it's time to learn the facts.
Alzheimer's Basics: Memory Loss and Dementia
Howell Branch, Thursday, May 10, 1:00-2:30
Presented by Lori Myers of the Alzheimer's Association.
Tips for Caregivers from the Alzheimer’s Association:
- The person who best understands a caregiver is someone who has been one. Find someone and talk.
- Become an educated caregiver—learn as much as you can about Alzheimer’s disease, the stages, and caregiving skills.
- Learn what resources are available, and make use of them; in-home care, respite care, adult day care and meals-on-wheels are some community services which can help you.
- Don’t smother the person for whom you are caring. Sometimes doing the right thing means doing less.
- Don’t be a martyr. You don’t have to do it alone. Ask for help.
- Take care of yourself—watch your diet, exercise, and get plenty of rest.
- Give yourself credit—if you are feeling unappreciated and overworked, try to set some time aside to treat yourself as the special person that you are.
For more information, please see the Alzheimer’s Association Support Group for Caregivers page and our Caring for the Caregiver list of books and websites.