Alzheimers Care Givers Support Group
Facing the Challenge
Serving all persons with family and friends who have dementia
and live in the Northwest Austin Community
Who Are We?
We are one of many open support groups in the greater Austin area for those who have loved ones with various forms of dementia, including Alzheimers Disease. We are sponsored by Bethany United Church in affiliation with the Austin Alzheimers Association.
Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for care givers to meet on a monthly basis to share concerns and discuss issues they are confronted with. At least every other month specialists are invited to attend the meeting and address various topics of concern, thus providing possible solutions to the many challenges faced by care givers.
When Do We Meet?
We meet monthly on the second Thursday from noon to 1:30 PM
(O.K. to bring a sack lunch.)
Where Do We Meet?
We meet at Bethany United Methodist Church located at 10010 Anderson Mill Road, in the Disciple Building Ministry Center, Room D-105
Directions to the Church
Who May Participate?
We are open to anyone who has a loved one with dementia, Alzheimers or memory loss and is providing support, either on a daily basis or at a distance. Religious affiliation not required. All that is required is a need for support.
Who Leads the Group?
We are led by Rev. David A. Lutz, the Care Ministries Pastor at Bethany, and Victoria Bovard, a registered nurse who specializes in working with those who have Alzheimers.
The Bethany Alzheimers Support Group has been meeting for several years and has focused on several topics such as: elder law, medications, validation therapy, conversing with Alzheimers patients, emergency care, learning about different housing and home care options, meaningful activities to do with Alzheimers patients, evaluating your loved one's safety in the home, etc.
For more information about the Bethany Alzheimer's Care Givers' Support Group
Rev. David Lutz, 512-310-9451 or 512-258-6017 ext. 410
Cecilia Barrentine, Director of Congregational Care & Connections Ministries, 512-258-6017 ext. 231
House of Friends
Bethany also offers a respite care program for those with dementia who are living at home. This program meets Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is open to anyone in the Austin area. There is no charge for participation in the program. For more information, contact Susie Petersen or Cecilia Barrentine.