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.
The Fearrington Parkinson’s Support Group is comprised of people with Parkinson’s, their family, and friends who live in Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro, Fearrington, and surrounding communities. Among other support activities, for the past three years the group has organized an annual village “Walk Around the Park” to walk for a cure and to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease.
The 2018 annual walk was held on Saturday morning, October 27, with a record number of walkers, including 80 family, friends, village neighbors, a yoga class, and Fearrington Dutch folk who joined members of the Parkinson’s Support Group. Donations of $1,500 were accepted for the Parkinson’s Foundation but were not required. To also donate, go to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, use this link.
- 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.
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.