AGING AND LONG-TERM SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION
Caregiver Support Groups
Surveys of caregivers report that one of the most stressful parts of caregiving is the feeling of isolation that caregiving often brings.
Support groups can provide a sense of connection and:
- Offer an opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.
- Compare notes and learn from others in a similar situation.
- A safe place to share feelings honestly, without having to be strong or put up a brave front for the family. No one understands as well as a fellow caregiver.
Even if you’ve never belonged to a support group before, consider finding a support group for caregivers, or one that is specific to your situation. For instance, there are groups for people with strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, AIDS and many others.
Today, there are also internet support groups that make it easy to connect with others without having to leave home and can fit around your schedule.
Find a support group
Staff with your local Family Caregiver Support Program can help you find a support group where you live. Contact your local Family Caregiver Support Program. Learn more about other services available through the Family Caregiver Support Program.