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When I served on active duty in the U.S. Army, I remember being a part of a tight knit group. To this day, I talk or email friends that I made while in the service. Why? Well, we trained together, deployed together, and became a part of each other’s families. When someone was hurting, the entire group hurt.

With that said, those life-long friends that I made in the Army are a part of my support group. The Encyclopedia defines support group as an informal resource that attempts to provide healing components to a variety of problems and challenges.

On the second Thursday of each month, your LifeSpan Center provides a memory loss support group. This tight knit group is for those caring for loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia. This group provides an opportunity for participants to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, and just enjoy each other’s company.

The common experience among members of a support group often means they have similar feelings, worries, everyday problems, treatment decisions or treatment side effects. Participating in a group provides you with an opportunity to be with people who are likely to have a common purpose and likely to understand one another.

Here are more benefits of participating in a support group from Mayo Clinic:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated, or judged
  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
  • Improving skills to cope with challenges
  • Staying motivated to manage chronic conditions or stick to treatment plans
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
  • Improving understanding of a disease and your own experience with it
  • Getting practical feedback about treatment options
  • Learning about health, economic or social resources

If you are interested in finding out more about the memory loss support group, join them on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. – noon at your LifeSpan Center.

Need a ride? Contact Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program at 217-639-5169.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. The telephone number is 217-639-5150. The numbers for the programs are as follows: Coles County Telecare -- 217-639-5166; Family Care Giver Resource Center -- 217-639-5168 and Dial A Ride -- 217-639-5169 or 1-800-500-5505. See you at your LifeSpan Center.

Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.” Peace Meals are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, contact Peace Meal at 217-348-1800.

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