Alzheimer’s support group meets monthly in Columbus

The Alzheimer’s Association conducts a monthly support group at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in Suite 130 of the Jackson Medical Building, 225 S. Pine St., Seymour.

This group meets to provide caregivers with an opportunity to share their experiences and receive support from others coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

During the meetings, caregivers are encouraged to share information, give and receive support and exchange coping experiences and strategies. Meetings are open to the public and facilitated by a trained professional and/or family member.

There is no cost or commitment for caregivers to attend.

“It’s important for caregivers to remember that they are not alone on their journey through dementia caregiving,” said Kristi Ritchie, of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Today, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, including 100,000 Hoosiers. Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. In 2014, the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s will total an estimated $214 billion, including $150 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.

For a full listing of the Greater Indiana Chapter’s support groups, visit alz.org/indiana or call the helpline at 800-272-3900.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.