Alzheimer’s Support Group
Being a caregiver to a loved one with Alzheimer’s comes with an array of feelings and responsibility. For this reason, MemoryCare offers support groups for caregivers as part of the MemoryCaregiver Network. Western Carolina and the Asheville region have many resources for aging adults and their caregivers. Continue reading to learn more about the resources MemoryCare offers and why an Alzheimer’s support group can be so important for a family’s ability to thrive.
The Importance of Alzheimer’s Support Group
There are unique challenges that present themselves when caring for someone with dementia. Because dementia and Alzheimer’s can express itself in different ways, each person and their caregiver will have different challenges that MemoryCare can help navigate. The hallmark of MemoryCare is our focus on caregiver support – part of this is ensuring that support groups an Alzheimer’s support group is accessible. Learn more about where you can find an Alzheimer’s support group in Western North Carolina.
A support group allows for caregivers of a person with a memory disorder to share wisdom and learn from those who are more experienced in a caregiver role. It is an opportunity to surround yourself with those going through similar challenges and chapters of their lives. Through the MemoryCare Network, caregivers have access to peer support, community education, and the ability to attend MemoryCare community functions.
The MemoryCare Network
In 2007, MemoryCare created the MemoryCaregivers Network as a volunteer entity with goals of providing peer support to participants. One of the main goals was to educate the community about dementia from a caregiver’s perspective. The Network was also an opportunity for MemoryCare to fundraise to cover operation costs.
Enrollment in MemoryCare is common for Network attendees, but it is not required. All Network groups are open to anyone caring for a person with a memory disorder. Group facilitators say that spouses, siblings, partners, and friends are members of their MemoryCare Network Support groups. Through a combination of “upperclassmen” – members who have been attending for a while, and new folks mean that a strong sense of collective wisdom is formed.
Contact MemoryCare today to learn more about our services and the MemoryCare Network.