The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting a support group in Kosciusko County. This support group meets monthly to provide caregivers with an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support from others coping with Alzheimer’s disease.
The group will meet at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and Dec. 4, in Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S. Huntington St., Syracuse.
During the meetings, caregivers are encouraged to share information, give and receive support and exchange coping experiences and strategies. Meetings are open to the public and facilitated by a trained professional and/or family member.
“It’s important for caregivers to remember that they are not alone on their journey through dementia caregiving. Support groups are a great way to meet other caregivers for advice and understanding,” said Kristi Ritchie of the Alzheimer’s Association.
There is no cost or commitment for caregivers to attend. For a full listing of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter’s support groups, please visit alz.org/indiana or call the Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
Today, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 100,000 Hoosiers. Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.