The first meeting of a support group for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 in the Wayland Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro.

The fellowship hall is at the corner of Sixth and D streets.

A Carenet Counseling staff member will facilitate the group discussion, but a press release said it’s a support group and not counseling or group therapy.

As a support group, “the purpose is offering the chance to share stories, express pains, disappointments, hopes and fears in an understanding, accepting and affirming environment,” stated the release.

There is no cost to attend the meeting and anyone with a need is invited, the release said. Future meeting times will be determined at this first gathering.

“The range of emotions, the stress, and the isolation experienced by those who care for loved ones struggling with these mentally debilitating diseases is enormous and can be overwhelming,” said Dr. Bert Young, pastor of First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro.

“I became aware through members of this congregation that there is a need for support group like this in our community. We hope people will take advantage of this and benefit from it,” Young added.

— Staff report

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