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Waveny Care Network offers Bi-weekly Caregiver Support Group

Posted on April 8, 2013

Ilene-and-Kate Co-leaders of the Alzheimer’s Association-sponsored Caregiver Support Group offered through Waveny Care Network: director of Waveny’s Adult Day Program, Ilene Sumberg, MSW, LCSW and Waveny Care Center social worker, Kate Bacon, MSW.

Waveny Care 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 Spring/Summer schedule are April 9 and 23, May 11 and 28, June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, and August 13 and 27. 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 an opportunity to meet other people facing similar challenges,” said Sumberg. “Our sessions provide an open forum for brainstorming, 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 the care benefits, too.”

For more information about Waveny’s caregiver support group, please call Ilene Sumberg at 203.594.5301 or e-mail [email protected]

Waveny Care 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 New Canaan 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 CareCenter. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.