Group therapy is very effective for patients with Alzheimer’s in training their thinking, memory and concentration, and providing them with a feeling of self-efficacy and independence in managing the symptoms of their disease and day-to-day tasks. For caregivers, it is effective in helping them reduce their feelings of burden, enhancing their emotional well-being, as well as their ability to provide better care for the patient.
Group therapy can have numerous positive benefits for a patient with Alzheimer’s as it provides a supportive and non-judgemental environment, provides psycho-education about the disease and ways to manage the symptoms to promote independence, allows for a space where patients can connect with each other, reduces negative thinking and isolation, enhances self-esteem, and provides an opportunity to support and reach out to other members of the group.
For caregivers, group therapy can enhance their ability to engage in self-care and take care of their own mental and emotional well-being, which reduces their feelings of burden, enhances their quality of life as well as their ability to provide care for their loved one.
The number of sessions can either be pre-determined according to the designed modules or ongoing sessions. It is advisable to continue group sessions long-term for as long as the person with the disease can benefit from them, given their cognitive levels of understanding.
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