Support groups are a way to share problems or concerns with others and to receive emotional support with issues such as death, divorce, medical conditions or a family member's chronic or terminal illness, bereavement, caregiving, or kinship parenting.
Local Support Groups meeting dates, times and locations are available through the Family Caregiver Specialist at your Area Agency on Aging or by contacting the local chapter of such organizations as the Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson Disease Association, the Iris Network, etc. Call the ADRC at 1 (877) 353-3771or search on line for a support group in your area that may be disease specific.
On-line Support Services are an alternative for caregivers who are unable to get away or prefer not to attend a group meeting. These on-line support services allow the caregiver to stay at home and communicate with other caregivers at any time, day or night. The best on-line support services have a host or moderator who weed out potential troublemakers or commercial pitches.
ElderCare Online provides links to caregiver mentors and online support group services. Visit www.ec-online.net.
Caution: Online support services are generally places where people talk informally. If you read about something interesting and new related to medical conditions or treatment, check it out with your doctor or other healthcare provider.