The last Tuesday of each month at 3: 00 p.m. (July 2010 date is Tuesday, July 27, 2010), caregivers will gather together for the Alzheimer’s Association’s support group. Facilitated by Christine Anderson, a trained leader, the group meets at the Portage Public Library, at 2665 Irving Street.
This Alzheimer’s Association support group meets monthly to provide caregivers with an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support from others coping with Alzheimer’s disease. During the meetings, caregivers are encouraged to share information, give and receive support and exchange coping experiences and strategies. Meetings are open to the public and facilitated by a trained professional and/or family member.
“It’s important for caregivers to remember that they are not alone on their journey through dementia caregiving. Support groups are a great way to meet other caregivers for advice and support,” said Amanda Janz, Information and Referral Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association.
There is no cost or commitment for caregivers to attend. For a full listing of all of the Greater Indiana Chapter’s support groups, please visit www.alz.org/indiana or call the Helpline at 800.272.3900.
Today, approximately 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 120,000 Hoosiers. Almost 10 million Americans provide unpaid care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease, making Alzheimer’s disease the 6th leading cause of death.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world leader in Alzheimer research and support. Having awarded more than $220 million to research projects, the Alzheimer's Association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer research. The Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease. For more information about Alzheimer's disease, call the Association’s 24-hour Helpline at 1.800.272.3900, or visit www.alz.org/indiana.