Support goes a long way in making sure caregivers know they are doing what is right for their family members. Support groups help many caregivers understand the necessary steps in the process, and also receive advice on the best way to handle certain situations. Those without a support system for themselves may find the job of caregiving too overwhelming to bear. Philadelphia support groups for caregiver help make sure that doesn’t happen.
The Alzheimer’s Association offer support group listings for Southern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. They are all part of the Delaware Valley Chapter. A wide range of listings are available in Philadelphia with varying dates and times. For additional offerings, people can contact the helpline at (800)272-3900.
Vine Memorial Baptist Church offers a group specialized for African American caregivers. It is held on the first Saturday of each month, and begins at 1 p.m. A group designed for long distance caregivers and caregivers who are over the age of 50 themselves is held at St. Timothy’s Church. Caregivers can participate on the fourth Tuesday each month, starting at 6:30 p.m. An additional meeting is held on the first Tuesday at the same time, but it is not specialized.
The Ralston Penn Center holds a group for younger children of parents with early onset Alzheimer’s. People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are meant to attend. It is held on the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
A few other non-specialized groups include:
• A 5:30 Meeting, Third Tuesday of the Month - Center on the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chestnut Hill
• A 6 p.m. Meeting, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays - Ebenezer S.D.A. Church
• A 7 pm. Meeting, Second Tuesday of the Month - Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
• A 10:30 a.m Meeting, First Friday of the Month - Holy Redeemer Lafayette
• A 12:30 p.m. Meeting, First Friday of the Month - LIFE at Penn
The website for Psychology Today offers a variety of details on support groups in the area. The groups range from addiction to anger management, and caregiver support. The Caring for the Caregiver Group is hosted by Jill Lipschutz Snyder, LCSW. Sessions cost up to $30. People can register by calling (215) 995-4027.
It is not always children who are left to take care of their elderly parents. Some spouses who remain in good health spend their time taking care of their sick wife or husband. The Well Spouse Association offers assistance to people in this situation. Spouses looking for support during this trying time can reach out to the Association by calling (800) 838-0879. A specialist will offer support group listings for interested parties. The WSA Online forum is also available as a support group. This provides instant access to other people going through the same or similar situation who can provide feedback, advice, and council. It is a great way to connect with others when connection is needed most.
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