Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver Support Groups
Dr. Paulson and his students provide caregiver support groups through UCF Health at Quadrangle on University Blvd. close by the UCF campus in Orlando. Please see the Spring 2016 schedule below, or, for more information, please contact the OLDeR lab at (407) 823-4135.

Independence among Aging Family
Dementia is the most common reason that older adults need support for basic day-to-day tasks.   Common types of dementia include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. Parkinson’s disease aOld Couplend strokes can also cause loss of independence.  It’s common to forget names and dates as we get older, but dementia causes marked differences in a person’s ability to remember and make sense of their surroundings.  Currently, there is no cure for dementia, but there are many ways to express love and support for our aging family members.

Caregiver Support Groups
A caregiver support group is a tool to help caregivers better manage the stresses, better understand the challenges, and take better care of those they love. Support groups provide an opportunity to speak openly about all aspects of caregiving in a supportive environment.  Support groups can have many benefits for caregivers. We know that caregivers who feel capable, well prepared, and supported are able to provide better care for longer.

Our caregiver support groups meet for 90 minutes per week for 6 weeks. Groups include between 4 and 12 caregivers. Each group is lead by a Doctoral or Master’s level psychologist from the OLDeR Lab at UCF. Group meetings include informative discussions about self-care, dementia, improving communication, and managing dementia symptoms at home. We believe that self care is part of caregiving.

Summer group dates: To be announced

**Caregiver Support Group dates and times are subject to change.

Please call us at 407-823-4135 if you are interested in participating in an upcoming caregiver support group.

You can also visit our Caregiver Support Group Facebook page for more information.