Caregivers often find themselves feeling isolated, and trying to do everything on their own. This can lead to burnout. Education and support can often alleviate some of the stress they feel. Having a good friend or two and supportive family members are always the first choice, however, sometimes it is not enough. A support group can be a great addition to the caregiver’s resources.
Connecting with someone who understands what you are dealing with can do wonders for your mental well-being. Support groups can offer so much. However, sometimes it is difficult for caregivers to leave their homes, therefore online support groups are a viable option for many.
Here is what the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org) has to say:
Benefits of support groups
Benefits of participating in support groups may include:
- Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control
- Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment
- Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
- Reducing distress, depression or anxiety
- Developing a clearer understanding of what to expect with your situation
- Getting practical advice or information about treatment options
- Comparing notes about resources, such as doctors and alternative options
Please join our private, closed group, Dementia Caregiver Solutions Support Group on Facebook. It is moderated by a clinical social worker, and a dementia consultant. All are welcome.
Angela G. Gentile
Angela G. Gentile, M.S.W., R.S.W. is a Specialist in Aging who has more than 25 years of experience working with older adults and their families in a variety of capacities. She has worked in private practice, long-term care, home care, health care and non-profit organizations. She is a realistic optimist who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and two children.