Support Groups - Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center

Support Groups

Caring for a parent or loved one with any stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be a stressful and emotional journey. However, we want you to know that you are not alone. At Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, you have access to an entire network of support and guidance.

Simply put, there are no instruction manuals for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time, being forced to learn everything through trial and error can be trying — especially when it comes to someone you love. The best solution is to utilize the caring, structured, and professional support groups for caregivers that we offer.

How Can Caregiver Support Groups Help?

Caregiving can be an isolating and difficult experience. How can anyone understand your emotions unless they’ve gone through it themselves? Our caregiver support groups are facilitated by licensed Master’s level social workers to help reduce the caregiver isolation, stress, and depression. These sessions are attended by other caregivers who are going through or have been through similar situations.

Our support groups are in a supportive atmosphere where you’ll find validation for your own experiences and share openly without concern of being judged.. It will be a relief to know what you’re going through is normal, and you’re not the only person with similar feelings — whether positive or negative. Most importantly, you can find solutions to your problems — not based on what you “should” do but based on what other caregivers have done to make it through a similar situation or problem.

When Are Caregiver Support Groups?

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center’s Caregiver Support Groups are tailored to the unique needs and experiences of spouses, adult children, loved ones, and the bereaved. They are held virtually via Zoom or in-person at the LIAD Center.

  • Early to Moderate Stage Spousal Support Group meets every Monday at 10:15am (In-Person at the LIAD Center)
  • Late Stage and Hospice Spousal Support Group (Call us at 516-767-6856 for more information about this support group)
  • Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on Saturdays at 12:45pm (In-Person at the LIAD Center, Please inquire for exact dates)
  • Spousal Support Group meets Tuesdays at 1pm (Virtual, on Zoom)
  • Adult Children Support Group meets Thursdays at 3pm (Virtual, on Zoom)
  • Caregiver Support Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10am (Virtual, on Zoom), in partnership with Northwell Huntington Hospital

If you would like to register or request more information on these Support Groups, please contact Melissa Katz, LCSW at (516) 767-6856 ext. 14 or mkatz@lidementia.org.

Caregivers Are Not Alone - Services for Caregivers

Caregiver Support Groups are designed to:

  • Reduce caregiver stress
  • Minimize caregiver isolation
  • Help avoid caregiver depression
  • Provide relief from your caregiving duties
  • Create a comfortable environment where ideas are shared
  • Teach proven coping strategies
  • Connect you to community resources to help build your network of support
  • Educate about important topics related to caregiving including elder care planning, financial planning, care options, and more

If you're a caregiver, it's important for you to have a positive outlet. Please contact The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center today to learn more about our caregiver support groups by completing our online contact form or calling us at (516) 767-6856.

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