First Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group starting in Bainbridge

Published 3:41 pm Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a new caregiver support group in Bainbridge at the Calvary Baptist Church. The first meeting is Monday, August 5, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Complimentary lunch will be served.

Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support groups are conducted by trained facilitators and are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges while talking through issues and ways of coping.

“We are excited to see this Caregiver Support Group begin for Decatur County and the surrounding communities”, added Buffy Hankinson, Program Director, Southwest Regional Service Area for the Alzheimer’s Association. “Our goal is to be able to serve more people and offer much needed support for those who need help with caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia”, she added.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the U.S. In Georgia alone, there are more than 150,000 people living with the disease and 533,000 caregivers.

To register, contact Thea Burke at 229-220-6104 or Buffy Hankinson at 800-272-3900.

Visit alz.org/georgia to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. To further extend your network of support, visit ALZConnected, our online community at alzconnected.org.

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The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’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. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.