The following organizations offer education, friendship and opportunities to share with others who are going through similar experiences.
The Adaptables, Inc.
Disability Peer Support
Local Chapter – 336-285-5920
National – 1-800-272-3900
Cancer Services, Inc.
Trellis Supportive Care
Palliative, Hospice & Family Care
Mental Health Association
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Central NC Chapter
North Carolina 866-903-7275
Senior Service, Inc.
For a complete list of support groups
The Shepard’s Center of Kernersville
Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Dept.
City Link 336-727-8000 or 311
Q: I am experiencing some difficult situations caring for my mother with dementia. I wish I could talk with other caregivers to learn from them. Is there a place to meet with other caregivers?
A: A wide variety of support groups are available for caregivers. Some groups are designed for people caring for older adults with specific medical, psychological or physical conditions, such as stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Others have a more general focus, designed for caregivers of all ages and in all situations. There are even support groups for caregivers on the Internet. Think about what kind of support you need and then start looking for a group that can help with that kind of support. Support group meetings are usually held monthly or bimonthly at members’ homes, a hospital, church, library, nursing home or senior center. For a list of support groups click here.
Q: My father doesn’t go out to eat anymore with his friends and has stopped going to church. He won’t even come over for dinner. I think he might be depressed. Where can we go for support?
A: Encourage your loved one to talk to their physician. Also, the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County offers a variety of free, confidential support groups. Their groups are led by trained facilitators in a safe, friendly environment. For a list of their support groups click here.