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The Chronic Illness Support Group is offered for those who have a chronic illness or are caring for someone with a chronic health condition such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or stroke.
The Chronic Illness Support Group fosters a setting for sharing information, insight, advice and encouragement. The group provides an opportunity to learn from others who face the same challenges and allow you to talk about your experiences.
1. A Great Source of Additional Resources and Useful Information
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia, a chronic illness support group can be an excellent resource for information on everything from the symptoms and behaviors to look out for to effective coping strategies.
Maybe you have tips and resources of your own to share, such as recipes or conversation starters that have helped you to communicate better or calm your loved one down when they are filling distressed or agitated, or having trouble remembering specific details or events. An hour with a support group would not only make you feel better, it can also potentially save you countless hours looking for answers and doing research.
2. Emotional Support
Dealing with a chronic illness can be an incredibly overwhelming and stressful experience. Talking your feelings through with peers, or just simply listening to the experiences of people in a similar situation can have a calming and healing effect. It can also be good for your physical health as well. A healthy outlet for your emotions is an important resource that can help you to develop healthy coping skills.
3. Reduce Anxiety, Stress, and Social Isolation
Having a chronic illness caring for someone who does often means having to handle hardship. Dealing with loss of physical ability and the drain of time and energy can lead to depression and even bitterness.