Caring for a family member or loved one suffering from dementia requires patience, fortitude, and a network of much-needed support from others in similar situations. To help caregivers develop this network, better understand the disease, and reduce stress and anxiety associated with dementia care, The Saybrook at Haddam has created a new monthly Caregivers’ Support Group. The group, which is open to the public, offers caregivers as well as family and friends of persons with dementia an opportunity to share information, talk through challenges, and learn more about local resources. Meeting dates and times vary, so interested individuals should contact 860-345-3779 for details.
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.
Attendees at the group’s first meeting said they were happy to know they were not alone and were eager to build and strengthen connections with others. Those who are new to dementia care were pleased to talk directly with others who have coped with dementia for longer periods of time. The exchanges were helpful on many levels.
Since Safe Harbor opened in 2011, The Saybrook at Haddam has worked one-on-one with family members to help them understand dementia, to try to relieve some of the anxiety families feel, and to work with them to enjoy happy visits with their loved ones. Now with this larger Caregivers’ Support Group, we can share our knowledge base with the greater community, build a larger community, and hopefully improve lives for dementia patients and caregivers.
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.