Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Meet Every Week

The Alzheimer’s Support group usually meets each month at the Center on the first and third Fridays of the month at 10 a.m. Although they have been unable to meet at the Center, the group now gets together every Friday, thanks to the technology of Zoom.

“Our Alzheimer’s support group provides people who are caregivers the opportunity to share stories, seek advice and simply have others listen to them on a regular basis,” said Jean Righter, the group’s facilitator. “Meeting each week on Zoom has been a real blessing for caregivers during this time of COVID-19 isolation, which has been particularly challenging for them.”

“Talking with others helps them deal with stress and alleviate the health risks that caregivers face,” she added.

The group can provide the assistance and reassurance caregivers need to manage stress and take time for their own much-needed care. The group can also provide information regarding community resources on Alzheimer’s education and other programs that can ease some of the workload.

If you are a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s and would like to participate in this group, email Jean at nanabananato7@gmail.com. She can email the information about how to meet using Zoom to talk to other caregivers while staying at home.

“Zoom is very user friendly,” she noted. “If you have email and a phone, you can have access to Zoom.”

Righter encourages caregivers to join their group.

“Remember that staying healthy not only benefits you as an Alzheimer’s caregiver but your loved one, too,” she concluded.