Adams County Office for Aging Inc. (ACOFA) encourages caregivers to take advantage of two support groups which are free and open to anyone who is interested.

An on-going opportunity for help and support is provided through the Caregiver Support Group which meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the ACOFA office located at 318 W. Middle St., Gettysburg, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This group is a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia or other related conditions to develop a support system, exchange practical information on caregiving challenges, and share possible solutions, feelings, needs and concerns.

Contact Lynn Deardorff at 717-334-9296 or ldeardof@acofa.org for more information.

A second, special program starting in March involves The Brethren Home Community teaming up with the Adams County Office for Aging to host an Early Stage Dementia Support Group. This group will meet for eight consecutive Mondays, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 9, 16, 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Wellspan Adams Health Center on V-Twin Drive in Gettysburg.

A unique opportunity for persons living with Alzheimer's Disease or another related dementia and their Care Partners; this is an eight-week early stage support group where they will connect with others who understand how they are feeling and are facing similar experiences. The whole group will meet for an educational session during the first hour every week, then divide into two groups - one for persons living with the disease and the other for the Care Partners - during the second hour.

To register for this program, contact Jennifer Holcomb at 717-624-5474 or J.holcomb@crosskeysvillage.org before March 2.

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