Support Groups

Caregiver photoAlthough caregiving for an elderly loved one is rewarding, it is also stressful and physically and mentally draining. No matter how strong you think you are, everyone needs a support system and someone to talk to, vent to, share ideas with. If you are holding in a lot of pent-up feelings of frustration, anger, guilt or fear, it will eventually manifest in other ways such as health problems of your own.

Don’t have a strong family or friend support system or don’t feel comfortable discussing caregiving with them? Then attend a local support group. Here is a list of several that meet on a regular basis in our area. If you know of additional groups, please comment below, and we will add them!

Caregiver Support Group
* for all ages and diagnoses
2nd Sunday of the month at 3 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
600 Wood Street
Clarion, PA 16214
For more info, call 814-226-8237.

Caregiver Support Group*for caregivers of older adults
3rd Thursday of the month at 10 a.m.
Fox Township Senior Center
365 Main Street
Kersey, PA 15846
For more info, call 814-776-2191.

Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group
2nd Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Penn Highlands Brookville Education Conference Center
100 Hospital Road
Brookville, PA 15825
For more info, call 814-849-2312.

Cancer Survivors Support Group
1st Monday of the month at 1 p.m.
3rd Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m.
Hahne Regional Cancer Center at Penn Highlands Dubois
100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15825

Cancer Support Group
1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Cancer Center at Clarion Hospital
1 Hospital Drive
Clarion, PA 16214
For more info, call (814) 226-3490

Breast Cancer Support Group
* For breast cancer survivors only
2nd Sunday of the month at 6 p.m.
Hahne Regional Cancer Center at Penn Highlands Dubois
100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15825

Prostate Cancer Support Group
1st Mondy of the month at 7 p.m.
St. Camilllus Hall at Penn Highlands Dubois
100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801

Diabetes Support Group
3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
St. Camilllus Hall at Penn Highlands Dubois
100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
For more info, call 814-375-6383

3rd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.
Education Center at Penn Highlands Elk
763 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
For more info, call (814) 788-8660

Stroke Support Group
Every Monday at 1 p.m.
The Rehabilitation Center
5th floor of Penn Highlands Dubois
100 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
For more info, call 814-375-3058.

Resources available by phone

AARP Caregiving Support: 1-877-333-5885
Alzheimer’s Association:
1-800-272-3900
American Cancer Society: 1-800-227-2345
National Center on Caregiving: 1-800-445-8106

There are also groups you can get involved in online:

AARP Online Caregiver Support Group
Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Forums
American Cancer Society Online Communities
Family Caregiver Alliance Online Support Group

 

For individuals who have experienced a loss in their life, we also offer a Grief Support Group.

1st Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m.
Laurelbrooke Landing
133 Laurelbrooke Drive
Brookville, PA 15825

2nd Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m.
Water Run Landing
300 Water Run Road
Clarion, PA 16214

4th Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.
Edgewood Heights
612 Keck Avenue
New Bethlehem, PA 16242

2nd Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m.
Ridgmont
163 Ridgmont Drive
Ridgway, PA 15853

For more information about the Grief Support Group, call In Home Solutions at 814-849-5913.