If you are one of the 34 million Americans providing unpaid care for an elderly loved one, you may feel alone and exhausted by the overwhelming responsibilities you face. Add in the complications that COVID-19 has brought us, which makes even going to the grocery a risk to our health, and you may be feeling very isolated.
A caregiver support group can help you feel less alone by connecting you with others in the same boat. They can provide you with advice, useful resources, and a place to be heard. Many caregiver support groups previously held in person have moved online, making attending the meeting as simple as dialing a phone number or logging into a website.
Caregiver support groups available in the Dallas area
Home Health Companions
Our monthly Family Caregiver Support Group, normally hosted in our Dallas office, has moved online to continue the important work of supporting caregivers in a safe environment. The group meets on the second Friday of each month from 1:00-2:30 pm.
Our facilitator is Lisa Shardon, an Aging Life Care™ professional and president of Home Health Companions. Shardon is an Advisory Council member for the Center for Vital Longevity at the University of Texas in Dallas and an executive board member for the Aging Mind Foundation. Lisa also serves the Alzheimer Association of Greater Dallas as a Trailblazers facilitator for those who have been diagnosed with early-stage dementia and their care partners.
Other Dallas-area support groups
- The Greater Dallas Alzheimer’s Association
- The Senior Source
- National Stroke Association
- Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society
- American Cancer Society
- Connect to Care Dallas offers a variety of resources for caregivers
Facebook support groups
There are many private Facebook groups dedicated to caregivers, both local and national. Here, you’ll find the opportunity to vent and ask questions 24-hours a day using your smartphone or computer, no matter where you are located.
Note: most of these groups are not facilitated by geriatric care specialists. They are run by fellow caregivers with varying levels of expertise. These groups are best for sharing resources, sharing stories, and feeling heard. They are not a good source for medical advice or decision-making.
Daily Caring has compiled a list of support groups that may fit your needs. You may also search Facebook directly.