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Opening of a support group for caregivers in Beaumont

The caregiver support group will meet at Sainte-Anne Catholic Church every second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

BEAUMONT, Texas — A support group in Beaumont is working to let those who care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia know that they are not alone.

The caregiver support group will meet at Sainte-Anne Catholic Church every second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Meetings are free and open to the public.

The Alzheimer’s Association presents the group. Shanna Briggs is the association’s regional director for Beaumont and Southeast Texas.

Briggs hopes the support group will help caregivers share their experiences and what they’re going through.

“It’s very important for caregivers to know they’re not alone,” Briggs said. “Let there be others who have faced the situation they have faced. It’s very stressful as a caregiver.”

Participants will have the opportunity to share their stories and ideas of how they are solving caregiver issues, as well as to hear from others.

“They can expect an honest conversation with others dealing with loved ones with the disease,” Briggs said.

Participants will get resources from the facilitators on how to move forward with their caregiving. Resources can include any type of training or educational programs put in place for churches, families, or civic organizations.

Support group facilitators can give advice to caregivers on how to handle loved ones and stressful situations.

The facilitators are trained volunteers from the region. Volunteers undergo extensive training, so they know how to lead groups and relate to everyone who comes.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call 800-272-3900. Caregivers can also call the number to receive help on caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia. The number is available 24/7.

There were two support groups in Beaumont before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The topic is close to home for Briggs, who lost her mother to Alzheimer’s disease. She shares her own experiences and says it helps. Briggs hopes the meetings will help others know they’re not alone.

“It helps people,” Briggs said. “I would say just give it a try. You don’t have to go every month, but maybe you have something rushing you. There’s nothing to lose.”

The Alzheimer’s Association will also be hosting a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease” on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Event Center located at 700 Crockett Street. The walk increases awareness and money.

Money raised for research and financial support for the program to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia. Those wishing to register for the walk can do so by visiting act.alz.org/Beaumont.

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