Online Support Group Options for Indiana Caregivers
March 24, 2016
Churches, senior centers and hospitals organize support groups for caregivers to discuss the trials and tribulations associated with taking care of the older adults in their life. Due to poor attendance, many of these meetings result in awkward silence or nervous laughter and do not achieve the helpful results originally intended by the organizers.
Experts from AARP blame caregivers’ reluctance to share emotional experiences with strangers as the prime reason for failing support groups. Adult children also believe they do not need help and are doing fine taking care of their senior loved one.
Research proves otherwise. The emotional and physical stress that adults experience while taking care of a senior can be debilitating. It affects even the most seasoned caretaker. Research shows an estimated 17-35% of family caregivers view their health as fair to poor.
Support groups are one avenue adult child can use to manage these stressors.
If you’re not ready for an in-person experience, there is an array of online support group options available for Indiana caregivers.
Online Support Groups for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
- AlzConnected is an online social media network for anyone impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. It allows caregivers to connect online with others in similar situations around-the-clock.
- Alzheimer’s Navigator encourages caregivers to complete an assessment. It uses their results to create a personalized action plan for them to use with their aging loved one. This free database created by the Alzheimer’s Association educates adults on items that range from financial planning to legal preparation, daily living and dementia symptoms.
- myALZteam is an online support group for families and friends who are caring for a loved one with dementia. The platform connects adults with similar experiences and encourages participants to share stories and tips for fellow caregivers.
Caregiver Support Group Options for Families and Friends
- Caring.com provides loved ones with free blog posts, statistics and tips to help take care of a senior. It also has a page dedicated to finding an online support group based on your particular needs. Caring.com’s online support group options include caring at home, assisted living, cancer, multiple sclerosis, senior health and end of life. All of the support groups listed are free for caregivers.
- Indiana Association of Area Office on Aging is a go-to hub for managing a senior’s care. The local agency provides support resources for families in the Hoosier State on a range of topics from Medicare to fraud prevention.
You’re not in this caregiving journey alone. The community of family caregivers is vast and filled with people ready to share their advice. For more tips and caregiver resources, visit Five Star Senior Living’s blog created for the adult children and seniors across Indiana.