Many caregivers find it helpful to talk with others who are also caregivers in a group setting. It gives them a chance to vent to people who understand, build relationships with other caregivers and learn about helpful resources. There are numerous caregiver support groups around the state that meet at different times and in different locations. The Care2Caregiver staff can help you find one that works for your schedule and is in your area.
Groups facilitated by COPSA Staff in the Central Jersey Area:
COPSA Spouse Support Group
The COPSA Spouse Support Group is open to all who are caring for a spouse with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder. We meet bimonthly to learn about the disease process, discuss issues that arise from caregiving, offer each other support and find out about available resources. All meetings are facilitated by a member of the COPSA Care 2 Caregivers Staff. We know how hard your job is. Come and learn more about what your spouse is going through and talk with others who know what it is like to walk in your shoes.
Transitions Bereavement Group
Transitions is open to all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Special emphasis regarding those who suffered with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease or a related disorder or other chronic long term illness that required extended caregiving. This group is free, open to the public and professionally facilitated. We have been meeting monthly for emotional support, to learn about the grieving process and to enhance skills for coping and reinvesting in life. To keep our group members connected during the coronavirus outbreak, we will be moving to an online group until public health authorities tell us it’s safe to meet in person again.