May 6, 2011

Dementia Friends Club

I am getting asked with greater frequency about support groups...
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Carol Backwell wrote -- Alzheimer's Questions with No Good Answers. Carol submitted that article for publication with some trepidation.

The Best Way to Find Solutions to the Problems that Alzheimer's Caregivers Face Each Day

Here is something I learned from all the emails I receive. If one Alzheimer's caregivers is thinking or feeling something there are others thinking or feeling the same thing or something very similar. It goes with the territory.

Alzheimer's is a sinister disease that will fill you with doubt; and, make you think you did something wrong.

Keep in mind, most of us come to this "job" with little experience. It only stands to reason that we are less than perfect when it comes to the vagarities of Alzheimer's disease.

Here is something I extracted from Bob (and Carol's) blog on the USA Today website.

On Tuesday Bob went to the Friends Club. I think I mentioned that he went to a 'forming' meeting two weeks ago. He enjoyed it very much It is a group of only 4 men with younger onset AD who are in the early stages. The club meets in Bethesda, MD the first and third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 -1:30. SInce this is a new group, they could use new members. You don't need to have younger onsetnAD, but you do need to be male and in the early stages of the disease. If you are in MD, D.C. or northern VA, you might want to join! Call GayLynn or Lisa at (301) 469-0070.

Bob: I liked the Friends Club. The Friends Club is a group ot people who decided to get together and bring other things into We saw a video about Bernake and we talked about the banking problem. Benake and others did not do well-It (the banking situation) was worse than I realized. It was interesting. I like the other men and we have good conversations. It would be good to have some others with us to move us farther on. Hopefully, we may have a chance to tour the Gettysburg battlefield.

Carol: I went to the women's support group while Bob was at Friends Club. It is optional,but I enjoyed it a lot. The other women are very nice and it is so helpful to talk with others who are going through the same thing. I do wish that no one in the world had to go through it, though!

Bob's Blog -- Living with Alzheimers. Go take a look when you have the time.

I am getting asked with greater frequency about support groups for "early" or "younger" onset Alzheimer's and dementia. If you know of any groups of this type could you email me the information, including contact information? Thanks in advance.

Actually, if you want to publish the information on any support groups send it to me for publication on the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

Send the information here.

Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room