Supporting the caregivers of society will also help support the elderly family members they are trying to help. It truly takes a team effort in order to ensure each member of the community is properly looked after. Community support groups in New York are offered so that all caregivers have a place to go when they need some extra help.
New York City offers it elderly residents a Department for the Aging, a place people can go to find information and resources during their elderly years. Caregiver programs are detailed by the department, including information regarding programs and support groups. A list of services are separated by city and can be found on the department’s website.
Partners in Caring at Sage is one option found on the site. It is located on 7th Avenue in New York, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This Senior Center offers:
The Senior Center can be reached at (646) 660-8951.
What was once known as the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, is now CaringKind: The Heart of Alzheimer's Caregiving. They offer a 24-hour helpline, available at (646) 744-2900. Through this helpline, caregivers in search of support groups can find what they desire. The groups are spread out between New York City, The Bronx, Queens, and other popular locations throughout New York. Many are offered to English-speakers, but there are some hosted in other languages as well. There are plenty of evening options for those who cannot make it out during the daytime sessions.
The Park Slope Geriatric Day Center became the New York Memory Center, a location devoted to Alzheimer's and Dementia care. Support groups are offered at this facility on the first and third Wednesdays each month. They are evening sessions, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Licensed Master Social Worker, Michelle Laguerre, hosts the meetings. There is no charge for participating, and light refreshments are served during the gathering.
Caregivers struggling to attend due to taking care of their loved one can contact (718) 499-7701, EXT. 321. Josephine Brown, the Executive Director of the facility, can assist with setting up care so the meeting can be attended as necessary. CancerCare
Support groups are not only intended for those who take care of an elderly parent. People suffering from cancer often require the help of a caregiver as well. CancerCare provides information on support groups. They offer online groups, telephone groups, and groups that meet face-to-face.
Online groups require registration. They run for 15 weeks. Registered members can post in the groups any time of day, whenever they need helpful advice, simple support, or just want to chat with someone going through the same thing. The Caregivers and Loved Ones Support Group meets face-to-face for a 12-week session. It runs on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Caregivers hoping to register can contact Andrew Chesler at (212) 712-8093.
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