Caring for a parent or loved one with any stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can be a stressful, long, and emotional journey. However, we want you to know that you are not alone. At Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF), you have access to an entire network of support and guidance.
In addition to providing Alzheimer’s workshops for your loved one in early stage, moderate stage, and late stage Alzheimer’s disease, we also offer a network of support for caregivers through our Caregiver Support Groups. It doesn’t matter if your loved one is still relatively independent and you’re a care partner or if your loved one needs more support, our Caregiver Support Groups will connect you to the professional support and peer support to make a difference.
Caregiving can be an isolating and difficult experience. How can anyone actually understand your emotions unless they’ve gone through it themselves? Our caregiver support groups are facilitated by licensed Master’s level social workers to help reduce the caregiver isolation, stress, and depression. These sessions are attended by other caregivers who are going through or have been through similar situations.
Our support groups are in a supportive atmosphere where you’ll find validation for your own experiences. It will be a relief to know what you’re going through is normal, and you’re not the only person with similar feelings — whether positive or negative. Our support groups are the excellent environment for you to share openly without concern of being judged. Most importantly, you can find solutions to your problems — not based on what you “should” do, but based on what other caregivers have done to make it through a similar situation or problem.
Simply put, there are no instruction manuals for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time, being forced to learn everything through trial and error can be trying — especially when it comes to someone you love. The best solution is to utilize the caring, structured, and professional support groups for caregivers we offer.
Our Caregiver Support Groups are scheduled to meet every other week at our center at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. To ensure we’re able to best meet your needs, we’ve broken our support groups up into two main categories:
If you would like to register or request more information on Caregiver Support Groups:
LIAF’s Caregiver Support Groups are tailored to the unique needs and experiences of spouses, adult children, loved ones, and the bereaved. Every one of our groups are facilitated by our professional, licensed Master’s level social workers. In addition to providing support and hearing from other caregivers, our Caregiver Support Groups are designed to:
At LIAF’s Caregiver Support Groups, you’ll have the opportunity to express your feelings, empathize with others on the same journey, and be heard. In addition, other caregivers who are on the same journey can provide support and suggestions based off their experiences, from activities you can do with your loved one, to long-term care decisions. You don’t have to figure it out alone because you’re not alone.
Contact LIAF today to learn more about our caregiver support groups by completing our online contact form or calling us at:
If you're a caregiver, it's important for you to have a positive outlet. Our Caregiver Support Groups are spaces designed specifically for you — where you can connect with others along the same journey and have your feelings validated without having to worry with any judgement.
Contact the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation today to learn more about our Caregiver Support Groups by completing our online contact form or calling (516) 767-6856.
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