If you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, we understand that it is an emotional change to process and endure. Living with dementia is hard but caring for someone with dementia is sometimes harder and much more challenging. Dementia caregiving requires a little extra from the family or caregiver, it is unlike caring for someone with a broken bone as the ailment is not a visible one. Therefore is can become extremely frustrating at times. Dementia is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them.

At Livewell we wholeheartedly understand what you are going through. This is not an easy journey but it is not a journey you have to embark on alone. There are so many people who want to walk this road with you, including the support team at Livewell. Our dementia support groups provide a place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand what you are going through. It is a safe space with zero judgement that can provide you with valuable resources for any stage of dementia.

Our aim is to equip families, spouses and care providers with ways to sustain themselves when they face difficulty or when a spouse is diagnosed with dementia. “Sometimes all that a participant in the group needs is for someone to listen,” says Susan Swanepoel, Quality of Life manager at Livewell Village, Somerset West.

Our support groups provide a place to connect with other caregivers and the Livewell team who truly understand what you are going through. Whether you need information about caregiving, wanting to share your story or simply need to be in a safe environment to seek help, the Livewell support groups are here to help.

What can you expect at a Livewell Dementia Support Group:

  • Discuss practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions
  • Talk through challenges and ways of coping
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns
  • Learn about resources available in your community

All of our support groups are facilitated by trained individuals and sometimes feature guest speakers who will discuss specific topics. “The support group will help you deal with the harsh realities associated with the care your mom or dad needs. It provides a non-judgemental environment where participants will discover they’re not alone.” – Susan

We encourage you to join our free dementia support groups that occur each month. If you know of someone looking to learn more about dementia, please share this with them.