HOPE Dementia Support is a non-profit organization in Vancouver, Washington, providing advocacy, support and education to individuals caring for people with all types of dementia.
All services are free of charge. You don’t have to do it alone.
It is because of our fine sponsors that HOPE is able to provide support groups services free of charge.
Welcome to HOPE. I am so glad you found us!
My name is Jan Malone. I am first a caregiver, then I am the President of HOPE a Dementia Support Group. My journey began in 2005, caring for my mom, Thelma, who had Vascular Dementia. As an only daughter, I took on this role just as I took on the role of motherhood. There was no handbook for this journey and I was totally unprepared for what was to come.
I know firsthand how scary it is to walk into a support group. I was worried that I would fall into a million little pieces. Are these people going to judge me? What if I cry the entire time, or worse, spill the beans on how I am really feeling about taking on this overwhelming job?
What I found was another family. These caregivers were struggling with the same issue as me. They were angry, exhausted, frustrated, caring, willing, and loving. They gave me hope. We could laugh together, cry together, share our stories, and uplift one another. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
HOPE knows we cannot fix this dementia, but we can be knowledgeable about the disease. Knowledge is power. When you come to a HOPE support group, there will always be an educational piece presented weekly. We cannot guess what is going to happen next, but we can be proactive and prepare for the future. I can’t promise HOPE will fix all your problems, but I can promise you won’t have to face them alone. We will give you tools to get through another week.
HOPE cares for the caregiver
Jan Malone, President, HOPE A Dementia Support Group
I didn’t think I would ever be able to visit Dad again because of how frustrated I was and the emotion my dad was experiencing when I visited. But after HOPE, I actually have some now. The support groups have been given me a new understanding of this disease and how to cope with it and be there for Dad.
We attended our first HOPE support meeting in November 2012. We were spinning out of control…That night at support group was the first night since this tragedy that we truly felt we may get through this after-all…we were able to come to a place of acceptance. This allowed us to truly cherish the time we do have with Mom.
– Kassie Fisk