Support and advice for dementia carers now available

People caring for someone with dementia are being offered support and advice at monthly carers groups being run by Alzheimer’s Society in Antrim and Ballymena.

The Alzheimer’s Society carer support groups provide opportunities for carers to ask questions and learn from the experiences of others within the group. Trained Alzheimer’s Society staff are on hand to provide information about dementia and practical tips about coping with the condition.

The Antrim support group will meet again at Ferrard House on Monday 8 Sept at 7pm whilst the Ballymena group will meet at Wilson House, Broughshane on Tuesday 16 September at 7pm. The meetings last for an hour and a half.

Valerie Guthrie, Dementia Support Worker for Alzheimer’s Society said: “Unlike our activity groups, these groups are for carers only. Carer support groups provide carers with an opportunity to meet in a safe and relaxed environment where they have the chance to meet with others in a similar role to give, and receive, peer support.

“The groups provide a unique opportunity for those in similar situations to meet regularly to share experiences and learn about living with dementia in a structured but informal environment.’

Other services available from Alzheimer’s Society include one-to-one visits for information or support, activity groups, a friendship group and social outings. For further details please contact Valerie Guthrie, Dementia Support Worker for the Antrim/Ballymena Area on 028 9446 1717 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:valerie.guthrie@alzheimers.org.uk” valerie.guthrie@alzheimers.org.uk