If you are a family caregiver you may feel like you're all alone facing difficult problems. Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, and provide assurance that you are not truly alone. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation.
A support group can help you cope better and feel less isolated as you make connections with others facing similar challenges. Support groups are not the same as group therapy sessions. There are a variety of types of groups, including in person, on the Internet or by telephone. They may be led by professional facilitators or by group members.
Regardless of format, in a support group, you'll find people with problems similar to yours. Members usually share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. They may also offer practical advice and tips to help you cope with your situation.
Some of the benefits of support groups for caregivers are: feeling less lonely, isolated or judged; gaining a sense of control; improving your coping skills; reducing stress and anxiety; better understanding what to expect in your situation; and sharing information about resources and options.