Alzheimer’s Association staff members often tell caregivers not to try to “go it alone.” They know that caring for a person with dementia requires a “support team.” The Association recommends that caregivers take advantage of support from all possible sources: their families, physicians, friends and neighbors, support groups, educational events, etc.
But, for many caregivers, getting out to attend a support group meeting or educational event is not easy, or even possible, in many cases. The caregiver may not be able to leave the person he or she is caring for. Or, the caregiver may not have transportation to a meeting. Sometimes work schedules and family responsibilities make it difficult to take advantage of such resources.
The Caring Connection, a twice monthly telephone support group, helps to bridge these gaps. Caregivers all over the state of Georgia can call in every first and third Tuesday evening, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It’s an opportunity to talk with other caregivers about what’s on one’s mind. Caregivers share concerns and get ideas and support from each other. The group is facilitated by an Alzheimer’s Association staff member who is there to provide additional support and information about resources.
Interested caregivers are encouraged to call Susan Formby, LCSW, for further information. She can be reached by calling 1-800-272-3900, during business hours, or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Formby, Care Consultant