Caregiver to Caregiver: What to Expect at Your First Dementia Support Group

When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, it can be stressful and overwhelming. You may not know where to turn for support or you may even find yourself becoming isolated and depressed. Unfortunately, this can affect the care you provide to your loved one, as well as damage your health. While we know caregiving isn’t an easy journey, there are some ways to help, and this includes dementia caregiver support groups. “Many people are nervous to attend a support group because they aren’t sure what to expect,” says Cristal Baer, Community Relations Director at YourLife™ of Tallahassee, a Memory Care Assisted Living community in Tallahassee, Florida. “Will you have to stand and share your experiences? Will other people judge you? What if no one else is going through the same thing? These are all questions that we find run through the mind of those who attend our support groups for the first time. It’s important to realize that you simply don’t have to do anything you don’t want to - whether that’s sharing your experiences until you’re more comfortable, or even just taking a back seat and listening until you find something that resonates with you. No matter what, there is surely something good that will come out of attending.”

What to Expect at Your First Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Whether you are considering joining a support group, want to learn more prior to your first meeting or want to know more so you can help a caregiver in your life be more informed, consider some of the following things to expect, from caregivers just like you.

  • You’ll find others who are likely facing the same experiences. Although we tend to feel like we are the only ones facing these difficult obstacles, the truth is, other caregivers are facing them in a different way. At support groups, you can hear from others, share your own experiences and bond with others who understand.
  • You will hear from a range of experts. Many support groups offer different speakers discussing a range of topics to help you offer the highest level of care possible for your loved one.
  • Some support groups you may even be able to bring your loved one to. Depending on where a support group location is, respite care may be available for your loved one while you attend, ensuring you don’t have to miss out on the support you need and deserve, and know your loved one with dementia is safe.

If you aren’t yet ready to attend an in-person support group, consider an online group until you feel more comfortable. If you’re considering attending a group, contact the team at YourLife™ of Tallahassee. We would be happy to provide you with proven tips and support so you can help your loved one as much as possible. Give us a call today at 850-250-5671.

Inspired ● Engaged ● Fulfilled

If someone you love is living with memory loss, you want the very best for them. You’ll find it at YourLife™ of Tallahassee. Because Memory Care is all that we do, we have the unique ability to focus all our energy, attention and resources into creating an environment that caters to each resident’s needs, preferences and abilities while providing unequaled peace of mind and support for families. We see each resident as an individual because we understand that each resident has their own story. Using this idea, we develop personally inspired care plans that value and support each person’s independence while creating beautiful days. No matter how much care they need, our team of attentive, caring YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists can provide assistance with all activities of daily living while providing reminders, guidance, support and cues. Even better, residents and their families experience true peace of mind knowing that expert care is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our personal touch doesn’t stop at our care. In fact, it’s only just the beginning. We create days that leave residents feeling Inspired. Engaged. Fulfilled through our signature programming, YourStory. With individual experiences centered around each resident, engaging outings, services and amenities, activities, dining and more, we create opportunities to learn and pursue new endeavors. At YourLife™ of Tallahassee, everything was designed for you, but it is defined by you, creating a lifestyle that makes every day a joy. Contact us to learn more! Call us at ​850-250-5671 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.