Khaleej Times: GNC Support Groups in Dubai


Staff Reporter Dubai

Several support groups are being launched in Dubai to offer advice and psychological support to patients suffering from chronic illnesses. The initiative, offered by the German Neuroscience Centre, is designed to address the lack of support group services in UAE and help patients overcome the isolation often associated with chronic conditions. The free monthly sessions will be held at the clinic led by counsellor Dr Jared Alden from August 11. Chronic diseases are defined as long term health conditions -Like epilepsy, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cystic fibrosis, Cohn’s disease, arthritis and chronic auto immune diseases which often do not have a cure. The groups will be open to patients, family members and friends and cover a range of topics related to living with chronic illnesses.

Attendees will benefit from practical tips on how to live with chronic diseases to improve their quality of life. It is estimated that over half the adult population is affected by chronic health conditions and an effective support network is proven to reduce feelings of isolation and provide relief for sufferers and their loved ones. Unfortunately, group initiatives such as this are still underdeveloped in the UAE and we want to provide a safe, relaxed environment for people to share their experience,” said Dr Alden. ‘Negative thoughts and feelings of depression can exacerbate physical symptoms whereas by main· raining a positive mindset, patients are belier able to deal with their condition and improve their overall well-being/” he added. The free support groups will be held on a monthly basis at 7 .30pm at the German Neuroscience Centre in Dubai Healthcare City.