Perryville church offering Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiver support group

Perryville United Methodist Church has begun an outreach ministry to its surrounding community in the form of a caregivers’ support group for those who care for relatives with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia.

All caregivers, specifically those living in Perry County and Conway County, are invited to this support group to learn from and share with each other.

The group’s first gathering, held March 1, was hosted by three facilitators connected with the congregation, and drew 13 caregivers, one guest and a guest speaker, Priscilla Pittman, program director of Alzheimer’s Arkansas. Facilitators were pleased with the attendance.

“I knew there was a great need in our community, but you just never know how many people will turn out for something like this,” said Ida Rose, one of the facilitators. “We had wonderful feedback from the caregivers after the meeting.”

The gathering meets the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., at Perryville UMC, 123 Cross Street, near Arkansas Highway 9. For more information, contact Rose at 501-208-3105.