Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups for caregivers foster the setting for sharing information, insight, advice and encouragement. They provide an opportunity to learn from others who face the same challenges, and allow you to talk about your experiences. Caregiver support group meetings can give you new approaches to caregiving, including ones that worked for others in a similar situation. You can also gain perspective and caregiver stress management tools that come from hearing others talk about their experiences.
Every year in conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Day Sunrise communities host Resources to Remember, a series of events highlighting the services and resources available to Alzheimer's caregivers and seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss. Through the Resources to Remember community events, learn the next steps to take after a memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer's diagnosis and meet other Alzheimer's caregivers. Share this important event with other caregivers, and sign up to receive our Caregiver Guide featuring information for supporting a loved one experiencing memory loss.
Contact your local Sunrise Senior Living community about joining a regular support group for caregivers.
Finding the Right Support Group
Every support group is different, and you may not know where to begin your search. A good place to start is with recommendations from friends, spiritual leaders and the staff at your community’s Department of Social Services. Look for established caregiver support groups that are moderated by someone who also has experience as a caregiver. Ask about support groups for specific conditions. Find memory loss and Alzheimer’s support groups if your loved one is experiencing Alzheimer’s symptoms. Learn the top 10 Alzheimer’s symptoms here.
Local vs. Online Support Groups
Because local and virtual support groups each offer unique advantages, many caregivers explore the benefits of both. Face-to-face community support groups are great if you can take a break from your caregiving responsibilities for a short while. If not, an online support group offers similar help available at your convenience.
Typically, community Alzheimer’s caregiver support groups meet in person on a set schedule. One advantage is that members from the same area are familiar with local resources and may better understand some of the challenges you face. In addition, taking time off to attend an Alzheimer's support group breaks up your routine, exposes you to new people and allows you time to unwind.
Online support groups are accessible any time, day or night. And since anyone can join, you benefit from an extremely wide range of experience and expertise. ElderCare Online presents regular support groups with experienced moderators, set but flexible topics and supportive peers.