Waveny LifeCare Network hosts a regularly-scheduled public support group for people coping with the impact of caring for a loved one with memory loss. Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Care Center’s library at 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, the support group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut.
Upcoming meeting dates for the group’s Winter schedule include December 10 and 24, January 14 and 28, and February 11 and 25. Meetings begin at 1:45 p.m. and last for approximately one hour.
Led by Ilene Sumberg, MSW, LCSW, director of Waveny’s Adult Day Program and Kate Bacon, MSW, social worker at Waveny Care Center, the group focuses on the enormous responsibility of caring for people with memory loss including Alzheimer’s disease, and welcomes individuals from all areas to attend.
“Our support group gives families and caregivers the opportunity to meet other people facing similar challenges,” said Sumberg. “Our sessions provide an open forum for problem solving, interpersonal networking, stress reduction and continued education about Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and available community resources. Sharing openly with other individuals in similar situations can help one feel refreshed and re-energized, especially in the case of caregivers.”
In addition to giving caregivers a forum to discuss their experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, Waveny’s support group also provides its participants with an important social outlet. “Caring for a person with memory loss can take an emotional toll on the caregiver,” said Bacon. “Participation in a support group helps to diffuse the sense of isolation that often affects people who care for a person with Alzheimer’s or memory loss. When a caregiver takes the necessary time to attend to his or her own physical, mental and emotional well-being, the recipient of their care benefits, too.”
For more information about Waveny’s caregiver support group, please contact group co-leader Ilene Sumberg at 203.594.5301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.