Seniors often rely on their family members to care for them as they get older and have trouble doing things on their own. It can be tough on family caregivers, especially if they are new to this type of care and don’t know what they’re doing. If you’re a family caregiver, you need to take precautions, so you don’t burn yourself out or neglect your needs. A support group can offer you a place to distress and share your feelings about caregiving, and Gilbert has a few support groups you can join as well as additional supportive services.
The Oaks is a community that offers different kinds of living environments for seniors. They have independent living, assisted living, and memory care living. While most programs and services at The Oaks are geared to older people, they do offer a support group for families that are caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s.
This support group meets at The Oak each Friday and discusses a full range of topics about dealing with a family member who has Alzheimer’s or another type of memory loss and offers encouragement to caregivers. You don’t have to pay to come to this meeting, and there is no pre-registration. You can call (480) 899-0002 to learn more information.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) operates throughout the country, and there is a chapter in Maricopa County of Arizona. NAMI works to provide services and programs to those with mental illness and helps them live full lives free of stigma. This includes anyone who has Alzheimer’s, dementia, or any other form of memory loss.
They operate a few different family support groups in the area, including one in Gilbert. Families Giving Hope meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month at a church in Gilbert. The group is free to any family who is caring for someone with memory loss, or Alzheimer’s and a NAMI-trained associate runs the meeting. You can call (602) 759-8177 to learn more about this group or find out about the next session.
Maricopa County’s area agency on aging is called Region One, and while they are focused on helping seniors find the services they need, they also have extensive caregiver resources. First, Region One operates the Family Caregiver Support Program, and this can help caregivers find help with things from respite care to in-home hospice care.
There is also a caregiver resource zone at the Southeast Regional Library that is run by Region One and can help you find local programs and services for you and your family member. Finally, they have a few different caregiver support groups you can join. There are general caregiver groups and specific caregiver groups like ones for Parkinson’s or LGBT-friendly groups. You can call the 24-hour senior helpline at (602) 264-4357 to get more information.
It can be a challenge to get out of the house and make it to a support group meeting some days, and if that is the case for you, Arizona Caregiver Coalition is a good solution. The Arizona Caregiver Coalition is an online resource guide that can help you find local programs and services as well as learn about being a caregiver and other educational tools.
They have a respite locator as well as a respite voucher program for when you need to take a break. You can also join an online support group, find local support groups or call their Caregiver Resource Line whenever you have a question or concern. The line is available 24/7, and someone will help you with whatever you need. Call (888) 737-7494.
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