Caring for a family member with dementia? Support groups can give you hope

It's not easy to care for a family member with dementia by yourself. Some would say it's impossible.

A good support group can give you hope, strength and the tools you need to go on.

"They are non-judgmental and they are facilitated by people who have been trained in these issues," says Joanne Maher with the Alzheimer's Association of Western Washington.

"It's emotional support. It's being able to vent without being judged," Maher says. "It's a great place to go for resources in your own community, people who have been there, done there and tried it."

Each person is an individual and this disease doesn't progress the same in all people, but Maher reminds us that you need to know "the tips and the techniques that are out there that maybe other people have tried or that would work for you now.

The Alzheimer's Association's Helpline 1-800-272-3900 is a toll-free number that you can call 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to get information about the disease or support groups.

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