Spousal support groups help dementia caregivers

Caring for a spouse with dementia or Alzheimer’s is tough. Many people struggle with feelings of loss because of how drastically their relationship with their spouse has changed. Others feel too guilty to spend time with friends and engage in recreational activities when their spouse can no longer do so, causing them to feel isolated. What’s more, caregiving can be exhausting and stressful, leaving caregivers with little time to care for themselves. If you are a caregiver, it is essential to your health and well-being to find time to care for yourself.

Support groups can help caregivers cope with the challenges of caring for a loved one with memory impairment. They allow people to talk openly about their struggles with others who can relate to their experiences; this can go a long way in alleviating feelings of isolation and guilt. Yet, many family caregivers don’t go to support groups, finding it difficult to make the necessary accommodations for their spouse.

At Bridges by EPOCH at Hingham, we’re trying to make it easier for caregivers to get the help and encouragement they need. We are now offering a monthly spousal support group and encourage spouses to attend and bring their memory-impaired loved one.

Your loved one can enjoy our community programming and dinner while you meet separately with other spouses who are walking in your shoes. We’ll share a meal as we discuss our stories and the challenges we face. Our executive director and memory impairment specialist Alicia Seaver will lead the group, lending expertise and guidance. 

The spousal support group will meet every fourth Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at Bridges by EPOCH at Hingham, 1 Sgt. William B. Terry Drive. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for July 24, August 28 and September 25. For more information, don’t hesitate to call us at 781-749-7114. We request an R.S.V.P. two days before each support group so that we can plan accordingly. 

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