Alzheimer’s Society Carers Support Groups

The Alzheimer’s Society are delighted to announce that their carers support groups will reopen again after the Summer break, writes Adrian Friel.

The venues and dates for the next meetings are Coleraine, the Brook Rosebrook house, Brook Street, Coleraine on the 4th September. This group also caters for the person who is diagnosed with Dementia. Ballymoney, Crampsie, Court Townhead Street, Ballymoney, will meet on 26th September.

All meetings begin at 7.30pm and finish at 9.00pm.

We are always looking for new members for our groups and they provide an excellent resource for learning and support.

Who are these groups open to? These groups are open to anyone who has a relative who has a diagnosis of dementia. Family members caring for a loved one sometimes do not see themselves as carers; they see what they are doing as an act of love, duty or sometimes obligation.

Please come along to these meetings they are open to all and are safe places where you can share your experience and listen to others who are in the same boat as you.

I would like to see new carers coming to the groups as there is a need in dementia care for upgrading skills and camaraderie between the carers. It’s an opportunity to have a chat and a cuppa with others who understand what you are going through and a place to gain valuable information.

This year I will also be holding information and education evenings in each of the three council areas of Coleriane, Moyle and Ballymoney.These talks are free to attend and will deal with every aspect of dementia care .

For too long dementia has been a hidden illness and it is only through carers and their loved ones coming together as a group and being actively involved in their local branch that they have a voice. The Alzheimer’s Society especially welcomes those with a diagnosis to play a more active role in their local service.

If you are a carer of a loved one with any form of Dementia or someone who has been diagnosed with Dementia why not come along to one of these groups. Or if you would like a home visit form our Dementia Support Manager then contact 02870358887 to arrange an appointment, You will be offered support, Information and sign posting on all areas of caring and any form of Dementia.

One in 3 older people will end their lives with a form of dementia.

700,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than 20 years nearly a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051 1 in 6 people over 80 have dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and those who care for them. The Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

As a charity, the Alzheimer’s Society depends on the generosity of the public to help it care, research and campaign for people with dementia. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting www.alzheimers.org.uk