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Alzheimer's Foundation to Hold Two Phone-Based Caregiver Support Groups

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 12, 2014) - At any given time, family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses can face a variety of challenges, from changing behaviors to changing interpersonal relationships. To help provide caregivers with an opportunity to express their feelings and learn practical coping skills, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will be hosting two phone-based support groups this fall.

The first group is for spousal caregivers of individuals with dementia and will focus on how to adapt and manage changing relationships, including intimacy issues. The group will meet Mondays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT, September 8-October 20, excluding Columbus Day, October 13.

The second support group will offer family caregivers ways to integrate stress management techniques into their busy lifestyles. The group will meet Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT from October 8 to November 12.

"Family caregivers truly are superheroes, juggling myriad responsibilities in and outside the home," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's president and chief executive officer. "We know people can't always take the time to attend an in-person support group or may not have access to one locally so we wanted to provide an opportunity for them to connect with our social workers and other caregivers from the convenience of their homes or offices."

Each group will be facilitated by one of AFA's licensed clinical social workers. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for either group, call 866-232-8484 or e-mail [email protected].

It is estimated that, currently, more than five million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and the incidence is expected to triple by mid-century. The brain disorder is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

About Alzheimer's Foundation of America: The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national non-profit organization that unites more than 1,700 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free hot line, staffed by licensed social workers; educational materials; a free quarterly magazine for caregivers; and professional training, along with teen- and college student-specific divisions. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, and "like" us on Facebook

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