Support Group Descriptions
Note that during North Carolina’s stage 2 of the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings will be held via ZOOM.
Fearrington Cares sponsors support groups that provide a safe place to explore the challenges, feelings, and rewards that come with dealing with chronic health conditions, caregiving, grief, and other issues. These groups are not counseling or therapy sessions; but offer peer companionship, information, resources, and the support of others on similar journeys. New members are welcome at any time to any of these groups.
Current groups include the following:
- Brain Injury – “Brainiacs.” This group is open to anyone who has had a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or similar condition. Meets weekly on Thursdays, 10 a.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center.
- Living with Chronic Conditions. Resources can often be identified to address chronic pain but few resources are found to help with the emotional roller coaster one experiences when living with a chronic condition or illness. If you are a resident living with a chronic illness or condition, and/or experiencing chronic pain, consider attending this group to find support and inspiration. We will discuss the effects of chronic illness and/or pain on identity and self-concept, communicating with others in ways that are healthy, as well as fears and aspirations for the future. This group meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Parkinson’s Disease. This group serves both caregivers and care receivers. It offers support, education, and resources for participants at all stages of this challenging condition. Meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.–11:20 p.m. at The Gathering Place, except for the months of July and August.
The 4th Annual Walk for Parkinson’s was held on Saturday, November 03, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in Camden Park. Sixteen members of the Fearrington Cares Parkinson’s Support group walked around Camden Park to raise awareness and money for the Triangle Moving Day event held annually by the Parkinson’s Foundation. We have raised $3,600 so far and if you’d like to contribute, go to this page and select a member to donate to.
We call our event “Parkinson’s is No Walk in the Park” which we usually publicize and invite neighbors in Fearrington and friends to join us. We’ve had as many as 50 people walking AROUND Camden Park; however, with Covid worries, we kept the event quiet to the public and enjoyed a rare in-person social-distant gathering. What a sight we were as we walked, rolled, wheeled, rode, caned, and barked around the Park. It was great to see everyone mask-to-mask.
The Fearrington Parkinson’s Support group has been actively meeting for 8 years. We meet regularly to hear from local doctors, researchers and service professionals, and also to meet socially as well. If you are someone, or a care partner to someone, with Parkinsons please consider joining us. Currently we hold a Zoom meeting once a month. To be added to our email list, email Doug Zabor or Jan Cope-Kasten. For more information about support groups through Fearrington Cares, email Karen Metzguer. When it is safe, we will meet in person again in the new Fearrington Cares meeting room.
- Caregivers Support Group. Caregivers are described as selfless, tolerant, resilient, loyal, and kind. It’s also been quipped that caregiving is a 36 hour day. Those who provide care know that it can be stressful and frustrating, can lead to depression, and may put the caregiver at risk for emotional and physical illness. This group is co-facilitated by Karen Shectman and Fred Shectman and will meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. The meetings will offer participants an opportunity to share experiences, vent, find support and comfort, and learn about additional resources in Fearrington and the larger community.
- Alcoholics Anonymous. Closed Meetings on Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Fearrington Cares sponsors a closed AA meeting each Wednesday that the Center is open. Alcoholics Anonymous (commonly referred to as AA) is perhaps the most widely known program related to overcoming an addiction or chemical dependency. For decades, AA meetings have helped countless men and women overcome their dependence upon alcohol and begin (or continue) their pursuit of lifelong recovery. Please come if this type of support may be helpful to you.
- Living with Loss. A new Support Group, open to people who are dealing with the loss of a spouse, parent, child or friend will meet twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Led by Fearrington residents John and Judyth Branson (John a minister and Judyth a psychotherapist), this will b a confidential group where it feels safe to talk about the feelings of loss. Call Fearrington Cares (919-542-6877) if you have questions.
- One-on-One Grief Counseling. Individual one hour sessions for short term grief counseling can be arranged by contacting Karen at the Fearrington Cares Center, 919-542-6877 to schedule an appointment.