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Family Caregiver Support Groups

Care & Share Support Group

Caregivers so often become overwhelmed with the vast amount of responsibilities placed on them when caring for a loved one. The *virtual* Care & Share Support Group provides a safe haven for the family caregiver. Here they can find some relief from isolation, a safe space to share their caregiver experiences, and express the difficult emotions that accompany their caregiving role.

The Care & Share Support Group meets via Zoom every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 3:00pm-4:00pm. The Care & Share Support Group also meets in-person every other Monday at the Council on Aging office. To register for the next virtual or in-person meeting, call our office at (704)-292-1797.

Memory Cafes


Memory Cafés are an opportunity for caregivers
springing up across the country. They are a welcoming
place where caregivers can feel at ease enjoying a
unique experience with their loved one and connecting
with others who are on a similar journey. This is not a
support group or respite program.
 It’s a time to unwind,
play games, create art, and enjoy music in a stress-free,
friendly atmosphere. Next Door Memory Café meets the
4th Friday of each month from 10:30am to
 at the Next Door Group Respite house at 104
Lydia Street in Monroe. To attend a free Memory Café,
call our office.

Respite & Caregiver Relief

Taking care of an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding, but it can be physically and emotionally draining as well! Respite care provides relief for the caregiver. It takes some of the burden and stress away. Getting respite care is important for your health and for your ability to continue to provide care for your loved one.

The Family Caregiver Support Program offers temporary respite for eligible family caregivers in need of a much deserved break.

Adult Day Program Resources

An adult day program provides services during the day such as meals, socialization, games and educational activities. Day programs provide the caregiver with the freedom to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities, or continue to work professionally during the day.

Our Next Door Group Respite Program is an available option for an adult day program. Next Door is open to individuals living with memory loss. The home-like setting enables us to create a person-centered approach to providing enriching opportunities for individuals and their caregivers. We operate on a smaller scale, with no more than ten (10) participants in one day. The low participant to professional ratio allows our team to find out what is important to our participants, and provide them with activities tailored to their interests. 

If you are interested in learning more about Next Door, or other adult day care options in Union County, North Carolina, by calling our office at (704)-292-1797.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Second Time Around Support Group

Caregivers are not limited to individuals simply caring for older loved ones,  sometimes we find ourselves in the unique situation of caring for grandchildren. You may feel ill-equipped for your new role as grandparent and primary caregiver. You may even have anxieties about how to parent in the technological world of today. You are not alone! If you are feeling overwhelmed, or struggling to find the balance in your day-to-day life, please join us virtually via Zoom on the 4th Friday of each month from 3:00pm-4:00pm for support, education, and sharing of resources to help ease your journey. 

To register for the next  meeting, call our office at (704)-292-1797

If you are a family caregiver to a grandchild, ask about the resources available within our agency and other organizations within the county! In order to qualify for limited financial assistance, grandparents must be 55(+) years of age raising their grandchildren under 18 years of age. 

“This program truly has given me some tools for communication with my mother, who has dementia. This course is very helpful because it challenged me to take action for my own needs. I am a better Caregiver because I have taken the time to take these classes.”