8 Online Support Groups for Family Caregivers
We all appreciate and rely on the support that we receive from family and friends, but sometimes they don’t necessarily understand the magnitude of what we experience as caregivers.
From online forums & communities to private Facebook groups, here’s a roundup of online support groups for family caregivers:
AARP Online Community: AARP offers an online community that allows users to start specific threads or to join existing caregiving conversations. As with any online forum, it’s imperative that you act with integrity & compassion, especially in light of this heavy and often traumatizing subject matter.
Caregivers Connect: Sponsored by GreatCall, this is a community for family caregivers & industry professionals to share personal experiences, advice, and stories with one another in order to provide support.
Caring for the Caregiver: The goal of this group is to provide a place for caregivers to express thoughts & feelings while seeking advice.
Memory People: This is an Alzheimer's/dementia and memory impairment support and awareness group created November 2010 by Rick Phelps. It’s a place for support and information, where all those who are affected by dementia can share together and find understanding.
Sandwich Generation: This acts as a space where caregivers can vent and share ideas on how to handle taking care of elderly parents.
Smart Patients: An extension of the Family Caregiving Alliance, Smart Patients is a free online community where caregivers and their loved ones can share stories, interact and learn from one another when it comes to caregiving. It acts as a tool and community for empowering family caregivers of those with chronic pain or disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other debilitating illnesses.
The Caregiver Space: As a private space for family and professional caregivers, this community strives to provide support and inspiration for those in need.
Working Daughter: Geared toward female caregivers, this is a space for women who are balancing caring for an aging parent with their career and the rest of their life.
We know that there are a variety of useful resources available to family caregivers and would like to hear more about your experiences participating in any support groups that have helped to make a positive impact on your caregiving journey. Feel free to share in the comments - you never know whom you may be helping!
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