For people with dementia and those caring for them, peer gatherings can help foster acceptance.
Also, most Alzheimer's support groups are for caregivers, not for people living with dementia. And these couples wanted to stay together, with those giving the care side by side with those receiving it. So they started a supper club, humorously called the Wild Bunch. Once a month, the couples meet at one of their homes, casseroles and wine bottles in hand, to swap stories, trade jokes and have a good time.
Staying connected to other people and combating loneliness in the face of a disease that steals a person's memory and ability to care for himself is important, doctors and dementia experts say. Research shows that the lack of social contact has adverse consequences on the health and well-being of patients and caregivers alike.
in the Chicago Tribune Health section
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