Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group to celebrate Christmas with potluck

BENTON — Bring a favorite holiday dish or dessert and join the Benton Alzheimer’s Arkansas Caregiver Support Group tonight at 7 o’clock to celebrate Christmas with a potluck dinner.

Since a group of family caregivers in Benton banded together in 1997 with the assistance of[more] Phyllis Watkins, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Arkansas Programs & Services, the Benton Alzheimer’s Arkansas Caregiver Support Group has met monthly to provide support for Saline County caregivers. The support group provides a safe place for caregivers to discuss situations and issues they and their loved ones are facing, as well as an opportunity to give and receive information that may be helpful to them or other caregivers.

Caregivers’ feelings and ideas may be expressed in confidence and, no matter what, will be accepted. Caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia often feel that they are the only ones experiencing this journey. The support group allows caregivers to meet others who know what they are going through because they are following the same path or have already made the journey.

The Alzheimer’s Arkansas Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Benton. The group is offered to all caregivers caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. As an “open” support group, no reservation or RSVP is required. The group is facilitated by Stephanie Hull, Family Services Coordinator of Alzheimer’s Arkansas, and Richard Mills, Alzheimer’s Arkansas Facilitator and family caregiver. For more information regarding the support group, please contact Stephanie at Alzheimer’s Arkansas at 501-224-0021 or by e-mail at

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive brain disorder that affects a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, and make judgments, communicate, and carry out daily activities. It is the most common form of dementia, a group of brain disorders that gradually destroy brain cells. AD currently effects over 100, 000 Arkansans.

An independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a local board, Alzheimer's Arkansas Programs and Services’ mission is to provide the information and support needed so that all Arkansans affected by AD and related dementias are able to manage with dignity and comfort until a cure is found. Alzheimer's Arkansas achieves this mission in many different ways – education regarding AD and related dementias, 24-hour telephone support, support groups throughout the state, financial assistance, a lending library, and a monthly newsletter to name a few.

For more information regarding Alzheimer’s Arkansas and the services provided, please visit the website at or call 501-224-0021.

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