The Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group at The Saybrook at Haddam has set a new, regular meeting time and date: the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the retirement community’s library. The next meeting, which will be held on March 24, will focus on “Creating Moments of Joy” for those suffering from memory-related illnesses. Additionally, the group will provide caregivers an opportunity to share information, talk through challenges, and learn more about local resources. Individuals interested in attending any support group meeting (which are free and open to the public) must call 860-345-3779 to RSVP.
“People with memory illnesses are living in a new world and a new reality that is very different from ours,” Kathy Ryan. executive director at The Saybrook at Haddam, said. “Caregivers do best when they understand how to enter and operate within this ‘world’ and provide their loved ones with a sense of reassurance that is so important. We will discuss concrete steps caregivers can take to make each moment joyful, calming, and just right for those with dementia.”
The Saybrook at Haddam created this new support group as a way for caregivers to develop a social network, better understand the disease, and reduce stress and anxiety associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia care. Each meeting of the support group will focus on one of the many stages of dementia or issues surrounding those suffering from dementia, as well as general caregiving concerns of members. Recent research or relevant articles will be discussed along with personal stories and experiences (including humorous ones). Group members are encouraged to suggest themes and topics for the meetings based on their specific needs.
Known as the region’s premier assisted living, retirement, and memory care community, The Saybrook at Haddam offers 108 apartments for individuals or couples. The gracious manor is located in Haddam, Conn., with proximity to major highways, medical services, restaurants and entertainment venues. Click here to schedule a private tour, or call 860-345-3779.