If your life is affected in some way by dementia, whether a loved one has been recently diagnosed or you are a professional caregiver for a dementia patient, the challenges presented can take a major toll on your body physically, mentally, and emotionally. Believe it or not, there are people out there who have been in the same place you are in and know exactly what you are going through. Millions of Americans have been affected by this disease, and the count is rising with our aging population. You are not alone.
One of the best outlets you can use is a support group. Sometimes it is nice to be able to sit and talk with people who understand the unique circumstances that come along with dementia. Friends and family members are always a great support, but unless they too have experience with dementia and a loved one, they may not fully understand what you are going through.
If you are interested in finding a support group that meets your needs, you should call your local Area Agency on Aging. They can give you all of the information you need to join a support group, find one online, or even start one up yourself.
To locate the contact information for your region in North Carolina, follow the link provided to the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services website and click on your county. http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/aaafile.htm#A
If you reside outside of North Carolina you can find your state and local AAA on the National Area Agency on Aging website. Follow the link provided and click on the green map “Find Your Local AAA program” http://www.n4a.org/
For more dementia-specific support, you should contact Alz, NC. They are a local association based out of Raleigh, North Carolina and they will set you up with other individuals and meetings specific to your needs. www.alznc.org
If you are not a resident of North Carolina, you should contact the national Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. They can find you the support you are looking for that is most convenient for you, no matter where you live.