Aiming to relieve burden of ’24/7 job’ of caregiving, Alzheimer’s Association offers free support group

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ST. GEORGE  A Southern Utah-based support group for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease promises to offer advice, resources and a shoulder to help them know they’re not alone.

“Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is a 24/7 job that impacts your physical, mental and emotional well-being,” representatives of the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association said in a press release. “The stress and constant activity required in this role can bring on depression along with a host of other conditions.”

The Alzheimer’s Association offers the caregiver support group on the first Wednesday of the month from 6-7 p.m. at the association’s St. George office, 1173 S. 250 West, Suite 302.

“Support groups offer a safe environment for conversation and sharing, helping caregivers improve their coping skills, which are needed to avoid feeling lonely, isolated or judged,” the press release stated.

The support group is designed to help reduce distress, depression and anxiety, as well as to educate caregivers about resources that are available to help with daily activities.

There is no fee to attend, but reservations are appreciated and may be made by contacting Mike Miller, Alzheimer’s Association Southwest regional manager, at mjmiller@alz.org or 435-238-4998.

The Alzheimer’s Association is a voluntary health organization that works internationally in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The nonprofit’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

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