Caregivers can include spouses, parents, children, partners, siblings, other family members or friends—anyone who is taking care of another person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.
According to the National Institute on Aging, taking good care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. This means doing things you enjoy, taking care of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, exercising, eating healthy foods and spending time with your friends.
In order to take care of yourself, it is important to ask friends and family members to help out, joining and attending a caregiver support group, taking breaks each day and seeing your doctor on a regular basis.
Proper self-care can keep you from getting ill or depressed and can relieve stress and anxiety. Take advantage of adult day club resources in our area or a home health care agency.
Need to talk to someone about the challenges of being a caregiver? Please consider joining us at one of our Caregiver Support Groups listed below.
In between Caregiver Support Group meetings or have questions about the groups? Please call Sandi Brenton, Certified Dementia Specialist at 903-636-4979.
Interested in starting your own support group? Contact us at 903.230.8001 about becoming an ETAA Certified Support Group.
NOTE: All of our site-based support groups are canceled due to CDC recommendations (COVID-19). We do, however, have a support group conference call each month. Feel free to call in. Each month has a different phone number and access code.
Click the link to access: 2020 Caregiver Support Group Conference Call-In Info
ETAA Support Groups
(facilitated by ETAA staff, board member or volunteer)
Second Monday of each month at 5:30 pm (haven’t started back physically yet)
Arabella of Kilgore Senior Living
2103 Chandler Street
Kilgore, TX 75662
First Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm (will meet at Silver Grizzly in July)
Hawkins Creek Assisted Living Center
311 East Hawkins Parkway
Longview, TX 75605
Third Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm (haven’t started back physically yet)
2104 Alpine Road
Longview, TX 75601
*Lunch provided. Please RSVP at 903-841-8883.
ETAA Certified Support Groups
(facilitated by Certified ETAA volunteers)
Last Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm (haven’t started back physically yet)
Greggton United Methodist Church
1101 Pine Tree Road
Longview, TX 75604
First Thursday of each month at noon (haven’t started back physically yet)
Buckner Westminster Place*
2201 Horseshoe Lane
Longview, TX 75605
*Lunch and respite provided. Please RSVP at 903-234-0000.
First Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm – will start back July 2
Upshur County Senior Citizens Organization
201 Silver Alley
Gilmer, TX 75644