Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Alzheimer’s Association to Host 8-Week Support Group Program

Caregivers and their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease can receive education and emotional support by attending a new Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group eight-week session to begin in early December. The goal is to provide education to both the person with dementia and their loved one, and to help establish a support network for them.

The group will meet from 2:30-4 p.m. on Tuesdays from Dec. 4 – Feb. 12 at the Alzheimer’s Association-Central Illinois Chapter office, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria. Individuals with the disease will meet in one group, while their caregivers will meet in another group at the same time.

Participants will learn how to better cope with the disease and will receive emotional support and social interaction in a safe and supportive environment. Weekly topics include health and wellness information, research and medications, tools for maintaining independence, and changing roles and relationships. Attendees also are given ample opportunity to ask questions and share concerns specific to Alzheimer’s disease.

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 group. The program is presented in collaboration with FamilyCore and is funded by the Heart of Illinois United Way.

The deadline to register is Dec. 3. Participants will need to complete a questionnaire and a participation agreement form. For more information or to register, call Christy toll free at 800.272.3900.

Can’t make this one? Future eight-week sessions are scheduled to begin on Feb. 26 and on April 30.



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