Caregivers responsible for taking care of elderly family members may struggle with all the responsibilities they face. It can often feel like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Finding a support group helps many of these caregivers realize they are not alone. Others struggle just as much to feel as though they are truly doing good for the family member they are taking care of so well. Atlanta support groups for caregivers are available to those living in the area.
Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia, offers a Caregivers’ Support group. Sunday morning meetings are held each week to allow caregivers to meet with others who are facing similar situations. Simply speaking to others about the problems faced can be a major help in these instances. The group also offers valuable resources and information for those who need it. This includes phone numbers and contact information for senior resource centers, the medicare helpline, and more. Those interested in joining the group can contact Marti Vogt at (678) 405-2277.
The Atlanta Regional Commission provides valuable resources to seniors in the community. They are the Area Agency on Aging. They have contracts with numerous aging programs based in specific counties. The agency partners with AgeWise Connection, a tool used to find resources throughout the city. Caregivers can call (404) 463-3524 to speak to a Caregiver Program Specialist about programs in the area.
One such program offered is a six-week learning course. Every week focuses on a different aspect. It helps family members new to the job of caregiving become more experienced in dealing with the stressful situations that often occur when taking care of an elderly loved one.
“Taking Care of You” is the title of the first class. The second focuses on identifying and reducing personal stress. Learning how to communicate feelings and concerns is the third class. The fourth is discovering how to communicate during challenging situations. The fifth week, caregivers are taught how to best learn from their emotions. “Mastering Caregiving Decisions” is the title of the final class.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a chapter in many states throughout the U.S., including Georgia. The Georgia Chapter offers specific information on support groups for both the caregivers and the suffering loved ones being taken care of by them. Caring Connection is one possibility. This support group is actually available by phone, which is ideal for many in the position of caregiver. Calls can be placed to the group twice a month, on the first Tuesday and third Tuesday, at 7 p.m. Those interested in joining the conversation can call the 24-hour helpline, (1-800) 272-3900.
There is also an FTD Caregiver Support that meets in person. Meetings are held monthly at Wesley Woods Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. They are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. FTD stands for frontotemporal dementia. Caregivers taking care of someone with this disease may find it difficult to connect with their loved one, or getting them to remember them at all.
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