Re: Alzheimer Support Groups...
When DH was first diagnosed, we tried a support group at our regional AD Assn. Unfortunately, the usual group coordinator wasn't there our first session. The substitute totally took over the group and did all the talking. The other families complained that it was a bad session as we were leaving. The second time, everyone went around the table talking about their loved one's status. I was at the end of the table, and realized that most of the patients were elderly. Their issues revolved around coordination of Medicare benefits, medications and giving up homes. We didn't seem to have much in common with them at the time, and since I had to pay for parking it didn't seem worth doing.
I recently decided to try again. The original central group has apparently been replaced by local groups at NHs (I guess people complained about having to pay for parking in the city, or the group got too big). I was told that DH was too advanced for a new early onset group. I got the phone number for a group in my area, but they didn't call me back for this month's meeting. They meet in the evening and it will be necessary to make alternative caregiving arrangements. Some groups have arrangements for either a patient group or patient caregiving, which I think is a real plus.
I believe that a support group might be useful just like this Board is useful. The success of the group will depend on the people who are in it. I'm going to try again next month.