Updated: Oct 30, 2021
Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida
Non-profit organization connecting older adults to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity.
Operates the Elder Helpline (866-21-ELDER) which helps seniors and caregivers find support in our community
Also offers Caregiver Support programs
Find more information here: https://aaaswfl.org/
Local Support Groups
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Fort Myers https://namilee.org/programs/family/
For family members/loved ones of someone living with a mental illness; meets once a month at Nova Southeastern University
Contact number: 239-337-9024 (Lee/Hendry Counties)
Lee Behavioral Health - Free Parent/Caregiver Support Groups
Tuesdays from 8:30 am - 9:30 am & Thursdays from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Please join by calling 1-415-655-0002. The Access Code is 162 374 98.
Hope Healthcare provides FREE Grief Support Services
More information here: https://hopehcs.org/counseling/
Educational Handouts for Families:
SAMHSA Older Adult, Family, & Caregiver Guide on Depression
Includes information on how to recognize depression in the older adult, how to access treatment, how to make informed choices, how to work with practitioners to receive best care, as well as information on national mental health resources for geriatrics and families.
Link to online PDF here: https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/sma11-4631-caregiversguide_0.pdf
Circle of Care Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers
Includes information on finding the right provider, communicating with health professionals, getting an accurate diagnosis, hospital discharge planning, health insurance, community services, dealing with the criminal justice system, confidentiality and family involvement, and caring for yourself.
Link to online PDF here: https://www.caregiving.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/CircleOfCareReport_0318_FINAL.pdf