Alzheimer's caregivers can reach out for support

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) There are over 83,000 people in the United States that are caregivers for someone with Alzheimer's Disease. However, at times. each one of them can feel like they are in it alone.

That's why professional health care providers encourage caregivers to be involved with support groups.

Brenda Wells with Ascera Care in Grand Island, works with one such group.

"Often times the caregivers are actually in their homes with their loved one caring for them," said Wells. "So, they do need a sounding board. They need someone they can go to for answers."

Wells says everyone's situation can be different. Support groups will share experiences, ideas and emotions from their own situations. She says some are hesitant to come to that first meeting.

"Often times they'll come and they'll just cry," said Wells. "Once that happens, I think that gives them 'permission' almost to keep coming."

The support group that Wells works with meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Grand Generation Center in Grand Island. She also knows of other groups. One meets at Countryhouse in Grand Island the fourth Tuesday of the month, with another meeting at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings one the second Monday of the month. Support for the Hastings group is also provided by the Kensington.

More information, and the ability to find a support group near you, can be found by clicking on Programs and Events on the Alzheimer's Association web site.