Carers of people with dementia in the Victorian town of Orbost have received a boost with the opening of a new support group.

Run by Benetas and Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria, the group in Orbost is the second of four carer support groups planned for the Gippsland region.

The first group was established last year in Lakes Entrance, following numerous requests for support from the region’s dementia carers.

The carer support groups meet once a month, giving family, friends and carers the opportunity to share experiences and information.

Experts from Benetas and Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria facilitate the meetings and provide advice.

“That enables the carers to support each other,” said Paula Trood, the acting executive manager for community services at Benetas.

“Our care manager is the mainstay. She runs the program and the staff member from Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria provides information on support services specific for people with dementia.”

Ms Trood said half a dozen carers were regularly involved in the Lakes Entrance support group.

“They said it was very important to them and valuable,” she said. “There are lots of issues in accessing any program, such as getting someone to look after their loved one and finding respite.

“It is helpful for them to know that they aren’t the only ones experiencing those things.”
 

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