May 16, 2013
The responsibilities of caregiving can lead to feelings of isolation and abandonment. Caregivers' social lives often shrink or disappear. Friends and family want to help, but often don’t know how. And caregivers don’t know where to turn for support and advice.
Often, a support group can be a life-saver, allowing caregivers to talk to others who are experiencing the same joys and challenges, and who can not only empathize, but offer valuable insights and suggestions.
Feeling overwhelmed? Call for help today:
Here’s a list of organizations that offer support groups and other resources. Most of these organizations include a search feature on their site to help you find a local office or group.
- Area Agency on Aging (AAA) through the Eldercare Locator 800-677-1116
- Caregiver-Connect (Canada only)
- Children of Aging Parents (CAPS) 800-227-7294
- Family Caregiver Alliance 800-445-8106
- Forever My Home
- National Family Caregivers Association provides useful tips and guides for all aspects of family caregiving.
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
- Well Spouse Association 800-838-0879
- Women's Health Information Center 800-994-9662
To find support groups for specific diseases and conditions, consider some of these:
- Alzheimer's Association 800-272-3900
- American Cancer Society (ACS)
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- American Stroke Association 888-4-STROKE (888-478-7653)
- Arthritis Foundation 800-283-7800
- Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)
- Canadian Diabetes Association
- Compassionate Care ALS
- COPD-Support, Inc.
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
- Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society 800-344-4867
- National Parkinson Foundation
- Parkinson Society of Canada
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