Caring for a parent or loved one with any stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be a stressful, long, 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.
In addition to providing educational workshops for your loved one in early stage, moderate stage, or late stage of dementia, we also offer a network of support for caregivers through our Caregiver Support Group program. No matter where you are in your journey, our Caregiver Support Groups will connect you to the professional support and peer support to make a beneficial difference.
How Can Caregiver Support Groups Help?
Caregiving can be an isolating and difficult experience. How can anyone actually 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. 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. Our support groups are the excellent environment for you to share openly without concern of being judged. 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.
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 we offer.
When Are Caregiver Support Groups?
Currently, our support groups are held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Spousal Caregiver Support Group meets weekly on Tuesdays 1 - 2 pm
- Spousal Caregiver Support Group meets weekly on Thursdays 1-2pm
- Adult Children Caregiver Support Group meets weekly on Thursdays 3-4 pm
- Second Wednesday of each month, meets monthly 3-4pm, in partnership with Long Island Jewish Valley Stream
- Third Thursday of each month, meets monthly 10-11am, in partnership with Northwell Huntington Hospital
If you would like to register or request more information on Caregiver Support Groups contact Melissa Katz, LCSW (516) 767-6856 ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregivers Are Not Alone - Services for Caregivers
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. Every one of our groups are facilitated by our professional, licensed master’s level social workers. In addition to providing support and hearing from other caregivers, our 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
Connecting with the Support You Need
At Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center’s Caregiver Support Groups, you’ll have the opportunity to express your feelings, empathize with others on the same journey, and be heard. In addition, other caregivers who are on the same journey can provide support and suggestions based off their experiences, from activities you can do with your loved one, to long-term care decisions. You don’t have to figure it out alone because you’re not alone.
If you're a caregiver, it's important for you to have a positive outlet. Our Caregiver Support Groups are spaces designed specifically for you — where you can connect with others along the same journey and have your feelings validated without having to worry with any judgement.
Contact 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.