March 20, 2009

Support group for families facing Alzheimner’s disease

If Alzheimer’s disease has touched your family’s life and you need a support group for comradeship, understanding and ideas on how to deal with all of the daily changes, consider logging onto the following website http://adrc.ucsd.edu/resources/support.htm

“Our young caregivers support group meets monthly in the evening. This group provides an opportunity for adult children or young spouses to discuss issues pertaining to early-onset Alzheimer’s or caring for a parent. The under age 60 focus allows for greater identification and social bonding among the caregivers who may have felt less comfortable in a group of senior caregivers. Issues unique to young caregivers include juggling responsibilities of work, young families, and the demands of care-giving; legal and financial concerns including enforced early retirement, disability, etc., and the social isolation of a disease that primarily effects the elderly.”

This above mentioned group meets in the Hillcrest area and those interested in attending can call (858) 622-5800 and ask for Lisa or Frances To address the needs of Bilingual Hispanics; Frances Martinez-Goodrich, MSW (Social Worker) from UCSD and Dr. Jorge Porras (Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSD and Geriatric Psychiatrist) are considering the idea of co-facilitating a support group for younger Hispanic caregivers in the South Bay area. If you feel this type of group might be helpful and of interest to you, please contact Frances Martinez-Goodrich, MSW at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at (858) 622-5800.

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