The Williamsport Home has long been a partner with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide a monthly support group for those persons that are dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. Our meeting is the first Tuesday of every month at 1:00 PM in the main building of The Williamsport Home. We have literature, an experienced facilitator and a group of attendees that are experiencing the heartbreak of dealing with dementia.
Too many people in this situation feel they need to “go it alone” because no one can understand the challenges, frustrations and emotional stress of being a caregiver. They may feel embarrassed or ashamed to share some of their experiences. But there are people dealing with many of the same issues. Sometimes support comes in the guise of another person just listening. Sometimes it is helpful hints for dealing with the behaviors that can be a part of dementia. Other times it is learning about the disease itself. An explanation of the “Why” of the behavior.
There is no right answer to cope with Alzheimer’s but there is support available. If you do not feel comfortable with a support group please visit ALZ.ORG on line. There is a wealth of information and pathways for support on that website.
Some helpful thoughts to remember:
- Agree, never argue
- Divert, never reason
- Distract, never shame
- Reassure, never lecture
- Reminisce, never say “remember”
- Repeat, never say “I told you”
- Do what they can do, never say “you can’t”
- Ask, never demand
- Encourage, never condescend
- Reinforce, never force
If you are not sure what these mean, or understand how to do them, come to our support group on Tuesday, July 2nd at 1:00 PM at The Williamsport Home. If you have a question about the group please call 570-323-8781 and ask for Dolores Johnson.