Alzheimer's Association offers free monthly support group

Monday, May 7, 2012

On Thursday, May 10 and the second Thursday of every month at 4 p.m., caregivers will gather together for the Alzheimer's Association's support group in Greencastle. Facilitated by a trained leader, the group meets at the Putnam County Hospital, in the third floor classroom, located at 1542 Bloomington Street.

This Alzheimer's Association support group meets monthly to provide caregivers with an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support from others coping with Alzheimer's disease. During the meetings, caregivers are encouraged to share information, give and receive support and exchange coping experiences and strategies.

Meetings are open to the public and facilitated by a trained professional and/or family member.

"It's important for caregivers to remember that they are not alone on their journey through dementia caregiving. Support groups are a great way to meet other caregivers for advice and support," said Amanda Janz, information and referral coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association.

There is no cost or commitment for caregivers to attend. For a full listing of all of the Greater Indiana Chapter's support groups, visit or call the Helpline at 800-272-3900.

Today, approximately 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, including 120,000 Hoosiers. Every 68 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's disease, making Alzheimer's disease the sixth leading cause of death.

The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias amount to more than $200 billion annually.

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