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Waveny Offers Support Group for Caregivers Coping with the Impacts of Dementia

By Waveny LifeCare Network

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New Canaan, CT - Waveny LifeCare Network hosts a regularly-scheduled public support group for people coping with the impact of caring for a loved one with dementia. Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in the Lila and Harry Coleman Library at 3 Farm Road, New Canaan, Waveny’s group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter.

Upcoming meeting dates for the group’s schedule are February 13 and 27, March 13 and 27, April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22, and June 12 and 26. Meetings begin at 1:45 p.m. and last for approximately one hour.

Led by Kate Bacon, LMSW, Waveny Social Worker and Carolyn Antonion, LMSW, Resident Care Coordinator, the group focuses on the enormous responsibility of caring for people with dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, and welcomes individuals from all areas to attend, free of charge.

“In addition to providing guidance and advice, our support group offers participants the opportunity to meet others facing similar challenges.” said Bacon. “Sharing openly with other individuals in similar situations can help caregivers to feel refreshed and re-energized. Our sessions provide an open forum and supportive environment for problem solving, interpersonal networking, stress reduction and continued education about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, memory loss and available community resources.”

In addition to providing caregivers with a forum to discuss their personal experiences, 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 Antonion. “Participation in a support group helps to diffuse the sense of isolation that often affects them. When a caregiver takes the necessary time to attend to his or her own physical, mental and emotional well-being, the recipient of the care will benefit, too.”

For more information about Waveny’s caregiver support group, please contact Kate Bacon, LMSW, at 203.594.5470 or kbacon@waveny.org, or Carolyn Antonion, LMSW, at 203.594.5429 or inquire though Waveny’s informative website at waveny.org.

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a non-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.

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