An Alzheimer’s Association support group is an open gathering of people with common problems, needs and interests who come together to share their feelings, thoughts and experiences in a combined effort to better cope with and manage the shared problems of dementia in a safe environment. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Association support groups is to provide emotional, social and/or educational support to group members. In a role of Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, individuals would be responsible for the following type of group.
Experience with dementia as a family member or health care professional preferred.
Ability to be empathic and separate personal needs from group needs.
Strong listening skills and effective communication skills.
Ability to redirect and facilitate discussion as well as fulfill the duties and responsibilities as described in the Facilitator Agreement
Ability to create and maintain a safe environment where participants’ thoughts and feelings are valued and group members are treated with fairness, equity and respect.
Commitment to promote the mission and services of the Association and willingness to act as an extension of the Association and to put other responsibilities and obligations aside when acting in this role.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Follow expectations and recommendations of the Caregiver Support Group Facilitator Manual, including participation in initial & ongoing training, record keeping, and regular meetings with Association staff.
Work with the Caregiver Support Group Coordinator in obtaining speakers/presenters for the group as needed.
Encourage participants to provide assistance and emotional support to one another.
Present pertinent Association materials and information to group members.
Inform the Alzheimer’s Association in advance of any changes in group facilitators, time or location of group meetings.
A commitment of at least one year is expected. 1-2 hour per month meeting time.
Co-facilitators for Wooster, Steubenville, Tallmadge, Minerva, Brunswick, Fairlawn, Barberton, Zanesville and Ravenna
About Alzheimer's Association - Greater East Ohio Area Chapter
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The Alzheimer’s Association is the only national non-profit voluntary organization dedicated to conquering Alzheimer’s disease through research and to providing education and support to people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.
CHAPTER SERVICES INCLUDE (service area is the Akron, Canton and Youngstown community):
24/7 HelpLine: A telephone assistance service, which provides information, literature, support services and referral to specific Association programs and/or community resources.
Care Management Programs: Family-centered programs that offer personalized guidance to families; helps families make informed choices as they cope with difficult issues. Safe Return/MedicAlert: For those who wander, a national registry ID program to help register and identify individuals who are memory impaired due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Support Groups: Over 30 support groups who meet regularly throughout the Greater East Ohio Area, facilitated by a professional and/or family caregiver.
Early Stage Support Groups: On-going groups and programs for persons diagnosed with early-stage dementia and their caregiver. Living with Alzheimer's, a five month series is available throughout the service area.
Community Education: Educational programs for caregivers, professionals and the community. Each office also offers a speaker’s bureau and attends health fairs.
Professional Education: Educational Conferences are held yearly offering professionals continued education about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
Newsletter: Distributed free of charge to those on our mailing list. Contains current research news, caregiving information, program and service updates, legal and medical news, volunteer and special event news.