ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION NORTH TX. OFFERS PEER SUPPORT GROUP

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION NORTH TX. OFFERS PEER SUPPORT GROUP

A new Alzheimer’s Association program will allow people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease to turn to each other for understanding and information. A peer support group for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease will be offered by the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter in Abilene. Peer support groups have proven to help deal with the problems that emerge with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. “There are many support groups for caregivers of people who have Alzheimer’s disease, but very few groups for the individuals who have the disease. {{more}} We want to offer them an opportunity to learn about their disease and talk to others in the same situation,” said Libby Connally, Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association Abilene office.“People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease often can communicate well enough to talk about the disease, the changes it has caused in their lives, and the ways they and their families deal with these changes,” Connally said. “But individuals with the disease and their families typically find few opportunities to talk candidly about these issues. The new support group will allow individuals in the same situation an opportunity to discuss the changes in their lives since the diagnosis.”An early stage support group will meet two times per month starting in February. A caregiver support group will meet at the same time and location. Participants are being sought for the group, funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and the United Way of Abilene. Those interested in participating in the support group should contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 325-672-2907 or 1-800-272-3900.The mission of Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.