Jun 10, 2015

Local support group available for Alzheimer's caregivers

If you're helping care for a friend or family member with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, there's local support available.

The new Wyoming chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently announced that a support group for caregivers is now meeting regularly in Cody.

The Caregiver Support Group is meeting the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, from noon to 1 p.m., in Room B of the Cathcart Building (424 Yellowstone Avenue).

All those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia are invited to participate.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 8,800 people in Wyoming are living with Alzheimer’s disease, with 28,000 family and friends helping to care for them. Alzheimer’s can be referred to as a “caregivers disease” or a “family disease” because of the tremendous toll – physically, emotionally and financially – it takes on caregivers.

The Cody support group is being facilitated by volunteer Kenli Lowe of Meeteetse.

“This group is an open and welcoming place where people can share their thoughts, emotions and experiences in a secure and confidential setting,” Lowe said in a news release from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lowe has been specially trained by the association to lead caregiver support groups. She also has mental health worker training and a master’s degree in educational technology.

“We are very fortunate to have a volunteer who has stepped up and is now facilitating a support group in the Cody area,” said Janet Lewis, the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association's Wyoming chapter, in the release.

For more information about the Cody support group, call 307-272-0999. For more information about the Alzheimer’s Association in Wyoming, call 307-316-2892.


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