Support Group Descriptions
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.
- 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.
- 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 is can be stressful and frustrating, can lead to depression, and may put the caregiver at risk for emotional and physical illness. This group will be 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.