Alzheimer’s Society Carers Support Groups

THE Alzheimer’s Society is pleased to announce that the support groups for carers of people living with Dementia will be opening their doors again after the summer break.

The venues and dates for the next meetings are Ballymoney, Crampsie, Court Townhead Street, Ballymoney 28th September 2011; Coleraine, the Brook Rosebrook house, Brook Street, Coleraine on the 6th September 2011 this group also caters for the person who is diagnosed with Dementia. The Ballycastle group meets in Corrymeela on the 1st Thursday of each month.

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

Adrian Friel Dementia Support Manager with the society said: “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.” Adrian explains that 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.

“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,” Adrian said.

He added: “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 we have already planned educational talks and some guest speakers to come along and talk about aspects of dementia and caring.”