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Support groups bring people with similar needs together.  Families, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, or caregivers may face illness, life changes, relationship, or other challenges in our lives. Looking and finding help can be overwhelming and the question often is “where do I start?”

Caring for a loved one who has become incontinent due to dementia, stroke, falls, injury, cancer to name just a few challenges can create changes and challenges for everyone. Loved ones are dealing with embarrassment of leaking or wetting their clothing, needing help with personal hygiene and the activities of daily living, having to wear protective absorbent underwear, briefs/diapers, liners, pads or underwear. Caregivers are often looking for answers and help to deal with today, tomorrow and life in general and this is when support groups can help.

If you or a love one is suffering from incontinence issues, it’s more than likely that you are feeling all alone in your struggles. You have tons of questions to ask, but you are not sure who to talk to about them. You have a lot of thoughts you want to express and get off your chest, but you’re not sure who would be willing to listen to you. You want someone who can do more than just sympathize, they can empathize.

Because society has very negatively stigmatized adult incontinence in the past, even going so far as to refer to adult incontinence supplies as “diapers,” you probably feel less willing to seek out someone who will understand. Of course you don’t want to take the risk of being laughed at or humiliated. But attitudes about adult incontinence have changed drastically over the years. And you are not alone. More and more adults are coming out with their experiences with adult incontinence. There are people who understand your struggles – either first hand or as caretakers. And you will be able to talk to these people within support groups without being judged, put down, or humiliated.

There is a long list of support groups and individuals that are available to help both the caregiver and love one looking for help and answers – both online and in your local community. There are also other groups and associations that can help in finding a support group such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, social workers, your local church, and last but not least your primary care doctor or physician.

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There are many families with special need children and adults with some type of incontinence that need help and support. Diaper Buys has been designed to offer a wide selection of incontinence products that include the best diapers/briefs, underwear, liners, pads, underpads, skin cleaners, skin creams and even swim pants that promote dignity, odor free, and comfort.