Caregiver Support Groups
Anyone familiar with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders (ADRD) knows the significant impact it can have on family members of the impaired person, especially the primary caregiver. At the onset of the illness, only those close to the person with Alzheimer's disease may begin to notice slight behaviour changes which they may not understand. The afflicted person may become forgetful, quick tempered or withdrawn. As the disease progresses these behavioural changes become more pronounced, and by the time diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is made, the family may feel frustrated, alone and trapped.
Support groups help families and caregivers of an impaired person maintain and increase feelings of self-worth and control by sharing common problems. Through trained and competent leadership, members of the group can experience emotional relief, develop greater self-awareness and understanding, and acquire new and more positive attitudes. People learn to share problems, and help each other to cope more effectively in a safe caring environment. Groups help people to form new and meaningful relationships, and make them aware of various community services. By working together, people feel less helpless. Support Groups provide a forum to learn and understand how to cope with and care for people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
Locations and Times
MARKHAM – THE WOODHAVEN LTC, 380 Church Street, 4th Floor
1st Wednesday of each month (no group in July/August)
1:30 – 3 pm
NEWMARKET - D.A.Y. CENTRE, 800 Davis Drive
1st Thursday of each month (no group in July/August)
7 - 8:30 pm
MAPLE * - MAPLE HEALTH CENTRE, 10424 Keele Street
2nd Tuesday of each month (no group in July/August)
7 - 8:30 pm
KESWICK * – ALZHEIMER OFFICE, 184 Simcoe Avenue, Unit 4
3rd Wednesday of each month(no group in July/August)
1 - 2:30 pm
THORNHILL – D.A.Y. CENTRE, 10 Harlech Court
3rd Wednesday of each month (no group in July/August)
7 - 8:30 pm
4th Thursday of each month (Persons of Early Onset Dementia, under 65 years old)
6:30 - 8:00pm
STOUFFVILLE – PARKVIEW HOME, 123 Weldon Road
4th Tuesday of each month (no group in July/August)
7 – 8:30 pm
VAUGHAN – SATELLITE OFFICE, 8611 Weston Road, Unit 35B
4th Thursday of each month (no group in July/August)
11:00 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
*Italian & English*
* The Regional Municipality of York Region, Health Services Long Term Care and Seniors Branch, offers these support groups in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of York Region.