Caregivers often struggle to manage their own tasks along with those of the person they are caring for. Support groups come in handy in these situations, as management tips are often provided by those who are more experienced. Numerous groups exist in Miami, it just takes finding the right one.
It may seem unconventional, but residents of Miami can find the support they are looking for through the Ask Nancy column of the Miami Herald. One resident already wrote in to Nancy, asking for advice on which support groups are best to attend in the area. Her suggestion is to join an online support group. This type of setting offers regular access, and allows people to participate whenever they have time, rather than meeting a specific schedule. It is also non-specific, unlike many groups that are meant for caregivers supporting someone with a specific illness.
The Psychology Today website provides an assortment of group options. It not only includes caregiver support groups, but groups for everything one could think of, ranging from LGBT groups to groups for marriage counseling, and much more. People can quickly find the information they need about any group they are hoping to attend. One caregiver group listed in Miami is the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. It is ran by therapist and clinical social worker, Rachel Richard. The meetings are held at Live Well Therapy, and are free to attend. They run from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., every second Wednesday of the month. Rachel can be reached at (786) 207-1802.
Just as many other cities throughout the U.S., Miami also has a chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. There are multiple support groups listed through this association. They include: • Telephone Support
• Early Stage Support
• Advanced Alzheimer’s Support
• Spanish Support
There are two types of support groups that caregivers can participate with over the phone. The first is a typical support group that talks on the third and fourth Fridays of the month between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Those who would like to participate can call (954) 245-8617. The second is for bereaved caregivers who have lost the person they were taking care of up until the time of passing. This group talks between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., on the second Wednesday. Participants can call (954) 895-8329.
The Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders hosts a group on the last Wednesday of each month in their conference center. It goes from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Those that want to join must first call (305) 674-2543. The same location also hosts a Spanish meeting on the second Wednesday every month. It is run during the same hours, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.
Another possibility is offered on Tuesdays from The Palace at Kendall. It is an evening option that runs from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The group’s facilitator can be reached at (305) 665-2806. Members are required to register before attending.
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