Today, more than ever, people are being cared for in their homes. In an effort to meet this growing trend, Green Hills Community is changing the name of a long-standing support group.
The monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group is now known as Caregiver Support Group. The meeting time will remain the same, 2 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Chapel located in the Community Center at Green Hills Community.
“There are so many people caring for an aging loved one at home that we decided to expand the group to include all caregivers. The information that was being shared for Alzheimer’s caregivers is appropriate for all those who are caring for a loved one,” said Brandy Bowers, Assistant Coordinator of Community Services, who leads the group.
“There are so many people who are dealing with the aging process and they are looking for guidance and support,” said Mrs. Bowers.
While each meeting focuses on a certain topic, time is set aside for an open forum to discuss immediate issues.
“Caregivers are under so much stress and are so focused on their loved one that they tend to neglect their own health. By offering a support group, we are telling them that what they are experiencing is normal. We also work together to offer creative solutions to issues they might be dealing with – either for themselves or their loved one.”
A recurring topic is anger and aggression. Caregivers can become frustrated so we help them “step out of their emotions” and find another way to address a situation, said Mrs. Bowers.
The next meeting is 2 p.m. Monday, April 15, with a focus on nutrition and exercise.
Beginning in May, topics for the meetings will be based on the book, Coach Broyles' Playbook for Alzheimer's Caregivers: A Practical Tips Guide.
“In the book, Coach Broyles offers tips that can be used for any caregiving situation,” she said.
Frank Broyles, a retired football coach from University of Arkansas, wrote the book after his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Caregiver Support Group meetings are free and open to public. Questions about the group may be directed to Mrs. Bowers by calling Green Hills Community at 465-5065.