Alzheimer’s Support Groups in Southern Oregon

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Whether you are a family caregiver or a person with dementia, you deserve to connect with those who understand what you are going through.  Share, laugh, cry, vent.  It is so good to know that you are not alone. Learn how others are coping with various aspects of the disease process.  Hear what has and has not worked for them.  Share your own challenges and accomplishments for others to benefit from.

As the Alzheimer’s Association website states,  ”Often times, we hear caregivers say they are looking for support from people who “really understand because they’ve been there, too.” An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group offers just that – a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system.

It’s a place to:

  • Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions
  • Talk through challenges and ways of coping
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns
  • Learn about resources available in your community”

Web MD is one of many resources that acknowledges the incredible stress put on family caregivers:

“Your role as caregiver to a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can be very involved.

  • You help maintain the quality of life for your spouse, parent, family member, or friend with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • You have become educated about symptoms, treatments and the progression of the disease.
  • You probably keep track of appointments with the doctor, medication schedules, and exercise.
  • You offer the love and support necessary to meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

You are a caregiver. While many patients retain their independence for a period of time after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some may need more help with performing daily activities. For others, the diagnosis may come after weeks or months of you coping with symptoms that did not have a name. Regardless of how long you’ve been dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or to what degree, in some way Alzheimer’s has affected your life and responsibilities — physically, emotionally, or economically.”

Web MD recommends talking to friends and family, and attending support groups:

“Have someone you can talk to. You are there for your loved one — to listen and to offer support — but you also need a support person. Talk openly and honestly with a friend or family member. If this is not possible, join a support group. Understanding that you are not alone and that someone else is in a similar situation helps you to feel nurtured.  The most effective caregiver is well informed, prepared, and asks for help and support from all resources that are available.”

The Alzheimer’s Association website is a great place to find Alzheimer’s support groups in your area.

Current List of  Alzheimer’s Support Groups in Southern Oregon:

 

Every Monday, 11:15 am- 12:15 pm, in 8 week series:

Medford Senior Center

510 East Main Street

Medford, OR 97504

Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Early Memory Loss Support Group for someone with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.

At the same time, there is another support group for the family care givers of the person with early memory loss.

Call to Register: Lori at 541-772-2230; Call Marya for additional information and to confirm current schedule.

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Every Monday in 8 week series:

Jefferson and Bear Creek rooms in Mountain Meadow Club House

Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Early Memory Loss Support Group for someone with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.

At the same time, there is another support group for the family care givers of the person with early memory loss.

Call to Register: Lori at 541-772-2230

 

Every Tuesday 3:30-4:30 pm:

Farmington Square

1530 Poplar Drive

Medford, OR 97504

Marya facilitates this group on the 1st Tuesday of every month.

Alzheimer’s Support Group for family care givers.  Each session includes education, and caring and sharing.

Respite care available—Call Farmington Square at 541-770-9080

 

First and Third Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm:

Trinity Church Library

44 N. 2nd Street

Ashland, OR 97520

Elizabeth Hallett

(541) 488-1992 Anam Cara Center

(541) 292-2106 cell

Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers

 

Second Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm:

Fern Gardens Senior Living Community

2636 Table Rock Road

Medford, OR 97501

Kim Myre (541) 613-8615

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

 

Third Thursday 2-3:30pm:

Westminster Presbyterian Church

2000 Oakwood Drive

Medford, Oregon 97504

Marya Kain (541) 601-5341

Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Support Group for Caregivers

 

Third Thursday 6:30 pm:

Arbor Place

3150 Juanipero Drive

Medford, Oregon 97504

(541) 773-5380

Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers

 

 

 

Fourth Saturday 10:00-11:00 am

Emeritus at Spring Pointe

1420 Redwood Cir

Grants Pass, OR 97527

(541) 237-0903

Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers

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Please call facilitator of selected meeting to confirm, prior to attending.

Note: We hold these support groups as a safe and confidential haven for people experiencing the impact of the disease.  We ask that service providers and product salespeople not attend these meetings.  Occasionally, nursing students will be admitted with prior permission from the participants only.  Thank you.