Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Alzheimer’s Association to Host 8 Week Support Group Program

Caregivers and their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can receive education and emotional support by attending a new Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group session to begin in mid-April.

The Alzheimer’s Association - Central Illinois Chapter will hold an eight week support group for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and a concurrent group for family members/caregivers.  The groups will meet weekly on Tuesdays, April 17th - June 12th, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., at the Central Illinois Chapter, 606 W. Glen Avenue.  

Julie Caron Sims, ACSW, LCSW, a clinician with FamilyCore, and Herminia J. Christy, MSW, LSW, Helpline Coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association, will facilitate the weekly support groups. The program is presented in collaboration with FamilyCore, and is funded by the Heart of Illinois United Way.

The program will provide participants with education to enhance understanding of coping with the illness, emotional support and social interaction in a safe and supportive environment. Topics vary but include health and wellness information, updates on research and medications, and changing roles and relationships. Attendees are also given ample opportunity to ask questions and share concerns specific to Alzheimer’s disease.

Potential participants who would like more information can call the Alzheimer’s Association at 309-681-1100 or 800-272-3900 or visit the agency website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral.

The Alzheimer's Association provides services to caregivers and those with memory loss problems including family education, 24-hour telephone Helpline, library, support groups, newsletter, advocacy, patient referral and guidance services, and registration in the national Medic Alert + Safe Return identification program.


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