Caregiver Support Groups in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Caring for an aging parent can put some serious stress on a child. These caregiver support groups in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor can help.

caregiver support groups in metro detroit and ann arbor

When I was around 14 years old, my dad’s mom was diagnosed with dementia. It was a difficult pill to swallow, because my grandmother had always been fiercely independent – but within a year she was seeing and hearing things that weren’t there and required around-the-clock care.

My dad, her eldest son, was granted power of attorney and suddenly became the primary caretaker of an aging parent.

Over the course of seven years, and in addition to caring for his own family, he watched his mom completely deteriorate into a shell of her former self and made decisions that no kid should ever have to make for his mom.

Thing is, he’s not the only one to ever have to do so. In fact, most adult children become part of the “sandwich generation” and will have to care for their aging parent at some point. While it can be rough, you can get through it with a little support.

Start by talking to your family, and then try one of these caregiver support groups in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. They’ll help you learn how to cope with your new role and provide you with all the information you need, too.

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Be sure to check ahead for times and schedules.

Area Agency on Aging 1-B Helping Caregivers Learn and Cope 

  • Address: Various locations in southeast Michigan
  • Phone: 833-262-2200
  • Cost: Free

Caregivers in southeast Michigan will learn what it takes to care for an aging or disabled relative and how to cope with the role. Also provides information on assisted living and long-distance caregiving. Registration required.

Beaumont Caregivers Support Group 

  • Address: Beaumont Hospital Farmington Hills, 28050 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills
  • Phone: 800-633-7377
  • Cost: Free

This support group helps to ease the difficulty of caring for individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other memory conditions. Registration required.

Hannan Center Support Groups

  • Address: Zena Baum Senior Service Center, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-833-1300
  • Cost: Free

Staff from the DMC hosts monthly support groups for families of those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Henry Ford Health System Caregiver Support Groups

  • Address: Various locations in the Henry Ford Health System
  • Phone: 313-874-4838
  • Cost: Free

Adults ages 18-plus who are caring for a loved one get information from health care experts and support from other caregivers at these events. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Jewish Vocational Services Caregiver Support 

  • Southfield: Jewish Vocational Services, 29699 Southfield Road, Southfield; 248-223-4392
  • West Bloomfield: Dorothy and Peter Brown Center, 6720 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield; 248-592-5032
  • Cost: call for details

Grown children who are caring for parents with dementia can discuss common issues and concerns with a social worker and other caregivers.

SarahCare – Lakeside Alzheimer’s Support Groups 

  • Address: SaraCare – Lakeside, 13425 19 Mile Road, Suite 500, Sterling Heights
  • Phone: 586-731-2273
  • Cost: call for details

The second Thursday of each month, caregivers of people who have Alzheimer’s gather to talk about their experience and get information from experts. Also offers early stage support groups on the second Wednesday of the month for caregivers just starting out.

Stroke Survivor & Caregiver Group 

  • Address: St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 5301 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti
  • Phone: 734-712-2830
  • Cost: Free

People who have survived strokes, or who have figured out how to navigate caring for a stroke survivor, talk about their experiences and share insight.

Trinity Lutheran Church Caregiver Support Group 

  • Address: Trinity Lutheran Church Community Building, 465 Oak St., Wyandotte
  • Phone: 734-282-5877
  • Cost: Free

Downriver caregivers can find support, guidance and resources the first and third Wednesdays of each month. There are spousal care support groups for women taking care of their husbands, too.

Do you know of any other caregiver support groups in metro Detroit or Ann Arbor? Tell us about them in the comments.

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