Facing a diagnosis of a terminal illness is often devastating and emotionally exhausting for the person with the illness and their family members. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed at times, and if you’re facing a tough situation, you may need an outlet to help you cope with these emotions. Life Enrichment Center offers elderly support groups for individuals and their loved ones that are dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and other health issues that affect older adults. These support groups may be able to help you better handle these feelings and improve your overall well-being.
Benefits of a Support Group
An elderly support group can provide emotional support and help prevent feelings of isolation. You are able to openly and honestly share your true feelings and frustrations without the fear of judgment. Although friends, family, and associates may be well-meaning, if they are not in your shoes, it may be difficult for them to understand your point of view.
These groups may also put you in a position to receive invaluable care advice. In addition, group members may help you cope with your situation and gain perspective. People who have dealt with a similar situation for a longer period of time may be able to tell you what you could expect during your journey.
What to Expect
Most support groups meet regularly, usually weekly or monthly. There will be a facilitator to help guide the meetings. If you aren’t yet comfortable enough to speak during the meeting, feel free to let the facilitator know. You are not obligated to speak if you aren’t ready. You can probably expect the meeting to last anywhere from one to two hours. However, you are free to leave early.