If you are caring for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may have noticed more changes in your loved one’s behavior recently. Perhaps your loved one seems more moody and withdrawn or maybe they’re confused about where they are or what day it is.
“Maybe you are aware of the increased risk of your loved one wandering or even becoming lost. You’re doing what you can and yet it doesn’t seem to be enough and in the end you feel guilty that your efforts maybe harming rather than helping,” said Chaplain David Burling. “Who do you talk to? Where can you go to get some help? You feel alone and isolated from the world that seems to not even notice or care.”
If you find yourself in this situation as a caregiver, Burling invites you to a new support group that is being formed at Bethany Life.
“We know that in America today there are more than 5 million people who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” Burling said. “It doesn’t take long before we realize how that number grows well beyond 5 million when you consider the family members who are also affected by this disease. Whether you have the disease or you are a loved one providing care in the midst of the disease — all of us need help. We don’t have to do it alone.”
Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the chapel at Bethany Life (located at 212 Lafayette Ave. in Story City), there will be a support group for caregivers of loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease. Burling will lead the group and all caregivers are welcome to attend.
“To come forward and reach out for help — to break the silence that you live in — can be a scary move, but the message is that you are not alone on this journey,” Burling said. “Take that one step forward and see where it might lead you. Imagine hope.”