“My wife wanders throughout the night, waking me up every half hour. By the time morning comes, I am too exhausted to function adequately at work. What can I do?”
“My mother no longer recognizes me or my children and her behavior is often unpredictable when we try to take her someplace. Is there anything I can do to avoid these episodes?”
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenge. Changes in the person’s behavior, caused by the progressive nature of the disease, can lead to frustration and anxiety for a caregiver.
To help those who care for Alzheimer’s patients, the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter facilitates approximately 90 support groups throughout the state. One of the support groups is located in Woodbridge, CT where it meets the last Tuesday of every month at 6:00PM.
Caregivers attending a meeting find a relaxed, confidential atmosphere. They can share their experiences and offer suggestions for handling specific medical, legal, behavioral and financial problems. The trained group facilitator also provides information about resources in the community and updates about ongoing research options.
Information about Alzheimer’s disease and support groups can be obtained by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. The main office of the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is located in Southington with satellite offices located in Norwalk, Hamden, Norwich and New Milford.