Why Use a Support Group?
Support groups are one of the best places for people to meet others who are experiencing or have experienced a similar situation. Support groups provide an environment that promotes socialization, bonding with others and building a network of caring, supportive people.
Support groups are important because members can express their emotions in a safe, non-judgmental place. A support group gives its members the chance to vent their frustrations, anger and disappointments, as well as share their success stories. Support groups are not meant to be group therapy, but they do allow people to understand that they are not alone and to learn how others have handled similar emotions, problems and crises. Support groups can also allow people to share valuable information and insights into the dynamics of caregiving, as well as share information on specific illnesses or medical conditions.
Where to Find a Support Group
Support groups are found in many different locations. Some places that may offer information on a support group include hospitals, doctors’ offices, senior newspapers, churches, the Internet, and information-and-assistance services such as
Senior Services’ Help Line 336-724-2040.
Below is a variety of support groups that meet in Forsyth County:
Alzheimer’s Support Groups
Elizabeth & Tab Williams Adult Day Center: 724-2155
Homestead Hills: 354-0808
Main Street United Methodist Church: 817-4624
Trinity Elms Assisted Living: 766-2131
Other Caregiver Support Groups
Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)/ Department of Social Services: 703-3686
Frontotemporal Dementia Caregiver Support Group: 399-6968
Divorce Care: visit http://www.divorcecare.org to find a local group
Grief Share: visit www.griefshare.org to find local group or call 1-800-395-5755
Hospice and Palliative Care (grief counseling center): 768-3972
New Horizons (loss of a spouse): visit http://www.pinedale.org/new-horizons
Pet Loss (Highland Presbyterian Church): 724-6303
The Adaptables (peer counseling for persons with disabilities): 767-7060
Cancer Services, Inc (peer support): 760-9983
Forsyth Stroke Group (Forsyth Medical Center/ Whitaker Rehab): 718-5284
Lupus Foundation: 1-877-849-8271
Mental Health Association: 768-3880
Multiple Sclerosis: 1-800-344-4867
Outta Sight Support Group (for adults who are visually impaired): 727-2320
Parkinson’s Forward: 972-7091
Power Over Aphasia (Forsyth Medical Center/ Whitaker Rehab): 718-5284
Visually Impaired Support Group (Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville): 996-6696
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