OUR ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP
This group is a structured gathering of caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia who meet on regular basis to discuss issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and/or related disorders.
We meet every 2nd Tuesday of each month at Bel Aire Senior Living, 1088 East 390 South, American Fork, UT 84003 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. We also provide free respite care for your loved one in our facility while you are in the meeting to make things as easy as possible for you.
The main purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for family members that are caregivers to meet and develop a mutual support system.
People come to our support group looking for something. Whether it is support, friendship or learning what to expect next. They are usually looking for people who really understand because they are dealing with similar issues and situations.
Our Group facilitator is MINDY HILL. She has taught hundreds of caregiver classes and support groups for the last 15 years. She is a wealth of resources, knowledge, understanding and love for anyone dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease. She is there to lead our discussions and answer your questions.
The group provides an opportunity for you to:
- Exchange information on care-giving problems and possible solutions related to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Share different ways of adapting to the continuing stress of coping.
- Share feelings, needs and concerns in a confidential, safe, supportive atmosphere.
- Express and work through feelings associated with care-giving with others who have experienced similar feelings.
- Assist in developing realistic expectations of themselves and their cognitively impaired loved ones.
- Understanding the impact of the disease on your loved one as well as you as a caregiver.
- Provide social contact for those who feel isolated because of their long-term care.
- Establish sympathetic connections with others dealing with similar experiences.
- Emphasize the importance of maintaining physical and mental health of the caregiver through use of respite, continued involvement or re-involvement in family life, work, community, and social and recreational activities.
- Familiarize yourself with resources within the community.
- Learn how to appropriately advocate on behalf of residents in facilities.
- Receive current and accurate information on aspects of Alzheimer’s, recent advances in research and public policy issues.
MEET MINDY HILL
Mindy Hill has spent the last 18 years of her life committed to caring for the older generation. She studied Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Missouri and has practiced as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist in the hospital and skilled nursing settings in the Midwest.
After moving to Utah in 1999, Mindy began work in assisted living, as well as home heath & hospice and now assists in overseeing pharmacy operations for many hospice organizations and senior living facilities across the state of Utah. She has taught hundreds of caregiver classes and support groups for the last 15 years.
She is an active member of the Utah Alzheimer’s Association and has been the chair for the Utah County “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” for over 5 years. Mindy would tell you that possibly the most important word in her professional and personal vocabulary is VALIDATION for residents and their family members.
She is a wife and mother of three beautiful children and enjoys cooking, running, and yoga.
One of the most important components of an effective support group is confidentiality. This means that what is shared in the support group meeting is confidential, and should not be shared with others outside of the group meeting. In addition, the names and contact information for the meeting participants belong to the Caregivingnetwork.com, and will never be shared with others outside of the group.
Please Remember that anything shared in the group is confidential, with the exception of a dangerous or abusive situation, when the facilitators will inform the appropriate individuals/organizations in order to ensure safety.