Alzheimer’s is a Family Disease

Alzheimer’s is a Family Disease

Johnson County LIVING WELL Magazine

The staff at Garden Terrace is dedicated to providing the best care for those affected with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. They also understand how important it is to be supportive of the family members, friends and loved ones of the residents as well.

Garden Terrace hosts a support group on the third Tuesday of every month. These support groups are designed to provide encouragement and comfort in a variety of ways. Some of the participants open up about past experiences, suggest different coping strategies and share memories and hopes for the future. Some of them, on the other hand, sit, listen and absorb what the others are communicating. Both approaches are welcome, because the staff just wants to be a support system to those who participate.

With the increase of younger individuals becoming affected with the disease, Garden Terrace has also formed a support group designated for the loved ones of those affected younger in life. We are calling this group the younger-onset support group. This is held every second Thursday and is a great outlet for the participants to exchange thoughts, experiences and support when there is an increasingly evident diagnosis. While younger- onset dementia is becoming less rare, having a support outlet is not. We are proud to be a location for this specific purpose.

Garden Terrace is always considering new ways to stay on top of this disease and help not only the residents but their loved ones as well. They can never forget that Alzheimer’s is a family disease. Garden Terrace encourages all members of the community in need of support to attend one of the support groups.

Garden Terrace Support Group: Every third Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Garden Terrace Younger-Onset Support Group: Every second Thursday @ 5:30 p.m.