Support groups are a great way for caregivers to meet others facing the same issues and to develop a sense of community and support from others with similar experiences.
There is really something to be said for the camaraderie of a support group. By joining one, you find that you’re not the only one fighting the battle with time and guilt. You can get tips from others; what works for someone else may work for you, too. It’s helpful to have someone looking from the outside; the may be able to offer solutions you can’t see when you’re up close.
Many adult day programs have support groups; we have four at the InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program. For those programs that don’t, check with your local aging agencies. If you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, for example, check out the local chapter of the group for more information.
If you’re not quite ready to participate in an in-person support group, consider going online for help. The AARP has a comprehensive website dedicated to caregivers.
You may not want to share that first day and that’s OK, you can take away something positive just from listening to others who face the same issues.
Tia Sauceda is an expert in the care of people with dementia and the executive director of the InnovAge Johnson Adult Day Program
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.