Dementia With Lewy Bodies (cont.)
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Support Groups and Counseling
If you are a caregiver for a person with dementia with Lewy bodies, you know that the disease tends to be more stressful for the family members than for the affected person. Caring for a person with dementia can be very difficult. It affects every aspect of your life, including family relationships, work, financial status, social life, and physical and mental health.
Caregivers have different thresholds for tolerating these challenges.
This is why support groups were invented. Support groups are groups of people who have lived through the same difficult experiences and want to help themselves and others by sharing coping strategies. Mental health professionals strongly recommend that family caregivers take part in support groups. Support groups serve a number of different purposes for a person living with the extreme stress of being a caregiver for a person with dementia with Lewy bodies:
Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. To find a support group that works for you, contact the following organizations. You can also ask your health care provider or behavior therapist, or go on the Internet. If you do not have access to the Internet, go to the public library. For more information about support groups, contact these agencies:
Medically reviewed by Joseph Carcione, DO; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/10/2016
Howard A Crystal, MD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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