Much Needed Alzheimer's Support Group Available in Skokie
A support group for individuals caring for a family member or friend with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is available at our office in Skokie. The support group is affiliated with and supervised by the Alzheimer's Association. Leaders of the support group completed a mandatory facilitator training provided by the Alzheimer's Association and report back to them on a monthly basis.
The support group held its first meeting in March of 2010. Since then, the group has maintained a regular meeting scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. Meetings take place at 8822 Niles Center Road, Skokie, IL 60077. To get more information about attending this support group, contact our office at (847) 673-1250. Meetings are subject to change, so if you're not already on our contact list, please call ahead of time to confirm the details.
Alzheimer's is a progressive and fatal brain disease that destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior. According to the National Alzheimer's Association, this sickness currently affects as, many as 5.3 million Americans and accounts for 50-70% of dementia cases. The disease progresses with time and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's is not an easy task. Loved ones must endure high levels of stress and have immense patience. In many cases extreme worry, feelings of isolation and self neglect can cause permanent damage to the caregivers and loved ones.
The Skokie area office of Home Instead Senior Care, the world's largest provider of non-medical home care and companionship for older adults, recognized the need to support those caring for someone with Alzheimer's. Recognizing that Skokie was among one of the only North Shore suburbs without an Alzheimer's support group, Community Service Representatives within our office took it upon themselves to be trained by the National Alzheimer's Association in facilitating the support group.
"Working on a daily basis with families affected by the disease and seeing it change their lives really encouraged us to do something," said Kristina Turk of Home Instead Senior Care. "We thought that by offering a support group in Skokie that we would be giving those in the area an option to let go of some stress and meet others in the community that are dealing with similar situations."