Taking care of a person can be an exhausting, lonely role. If you’re a caregiver to a spouse, parents, family member, or friend, you know this all too well. It can often feel like the life you once knew is gone and has been replaced by tiring work and constant sacrifice.
Very often, it can feel like you are alone—that no one understands what you’re going through. While the individuals in your immediate circle may not understand what caregiving takes, there are others in the area who feel the same way you do—you just have to find them.
Support groups and communities for caregivers foster the setting for sharing information, insights, advice, and encouragement. They provide opportunities to learn from others who face the same challenges, and allow you to talk about your experience. Caregiver support group meetings can give you new approaches to caregiving, including ones that worked for others in a similar situation. You can also gain perspective and caregiver stress management tools that come from hearing others talk about their experiences.
We understand what caregiving requires of a person, which is why we’ve created this list of local resources and support for caregivers in the Birmingham area.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of people with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system. These groups are places for caregivers to exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions, to talk through challenges and ways of coping, to share feelings, needs and concerns, and to learn about resources available in the community. Each group is led by trained individuals.
Here are the support groups in our local area:
Homewood, AL-Early Stage
Pre-Registration & Screening Req.
3rd Wednesday of the month – 10:00 am
Carol Beall 205.582.9759
Shade Crest Baptist Church
452 Park Ave.
3rd Tuesday of the month – 6:00pm
Belinda Kock 205.201.0753
You can find more information on their website.
United Way Area Agency on Aging
Alabama Cares, a program of the United Way Area Agency on Aging offers a Caregiver Support Group that provides caregivers a safe haven to frankly and confidentially discuss their situations and problems they may be encountering. This group meets at the United Way of Central Alabama and are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Visit their website or call 1-800-AGE-LINE for upcoming meetings and more information.
Collat Jewish Family Services (CJFS)
The CJFS offers a Caregiver support group that meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. It is held in the library at the Friedman Center for Jewish Life (3100 Overton Road) and is designed to help provide an opportunity for caregivers to find mutual emotional support. Visit their website for more details.
Canterbury United Methodist Church
Encore, a ministry of Canterbury United Methodist Church, offers a support group for family members and caregivers of individuals with memory loss every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Visit their website for more information.
St. Vincent’s Cancer Support
This support group is designed specifically for individuals who care for a loved one with cancer. They understand the unique challenges that can often result in the caregiver ignoring their own physical and emotional health. This group allows caregivers to share their experiences, exchange information, discuss how to manage fatigue and stress, and find available resources specifically for those diagnosed with cancer. It meets the second Wednesday of every month in the St. Vincent’s Cancer Center from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Visit their website for more information.
In addition to many local, in-person support groups and communities, there are many online communities and forums caregivers can be a part of to ask questions and to receive encouragement and advice.
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