Shady Grove United Methodist Church -- Mechanicsville
Sunday, September 24, 2017
growing together

Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Group

Our Caregiver Support Group meets at two different times and two different locations.
  • Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. at The Crossings at Hanover (Located at 8227 Meadowbridge Rd., Mechanicsville)
  • Third Monday at 7 p.m. at Shady Grove UMC in Room E-106 (The Parlor)
It is tough being a caregiver.  Tougher still if it is a child taking care of a parent; and even harder if Alzheimer’s or dementia is involved.       
 
Caregivers often pay a price in their physical and mental health because of their caregiver role.  Did you know that 50% of dementia caregivers suffer a major depressive episode, and that a shocking 30% die before the patient?   Under the best of circumstances loving and caring for someone with dementia is hard, and caregivers also need help and support.
 
The Alzheimer’s/Dementia ministry at Shady Grove is trying in a small way to help by offering two monthly support groups for those caring for or concerned about someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia.   When facing such a challenge,  it can help to share your burdens with those who are carrying, or have carried, the same load.    While we don’t offer professional counseling, we do offer a sympathetic ear, the knowledge that you aren’t undergoing your trials alone, and the combined wisdom and experience of the group.