Alzheimer’s support group for Whitsundays
EDUCATION and support will now be available for locals living with or caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease thanks to a newly formed support group.
Whitsunday Health Service Senior Social Worker, Draz Stanko, said the service had identified a need for people dealing with the condition to come together.
“The aim is to provide a space and opportunity for people living with Alzheimer’s and their carers to share their experiences and feelings,” she said.
“It will be an opportunity to discuss practical strategies and learn new ways to cope with the stress of changed behaviours.”
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting up to 70 per cent of all people with dementia. More than 300,000 people live with dementia in Australia and half of these also experience a mental health problem.
Ms Stanko said research showed that carers were at a significantly greater risk of having mental health problems themselves.
“[And] we believe it will be really useful for the Whitsunday community to have a way of getting together for support from each other and health professionals,” she said.
The group’s first meeting was held yesterday with subsequent meetings to take place at the Proserpine Hospital every second month.
The next meeting will be held on May 6 from 10am-noon. For more information contact 4813 9400.