Caregiver Classes and Support Group

Caregiving 101 This free one hour class is designed as a time to evaluate your unique caregiver situation so we can connect you to the valuable resources in your community.  Caregiving can be a rewarding experience but also a difficult and draining job, especially if we are neither trained nor prepared for that role. Any person finding themselves in the role of family caregiver would greatly benefit from this free class.  (Go to calendar)

Caregiver Support GroupOur drop-in, one-hour support group provides a safe place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand what you are going through. Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions; Talk through challenges and ways of coping; Share feelings, needs and concerns. You’re not alone.  (Go to calendar)

Understanding a Dementia DiagnosisThe four most prevalent forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, and Frontotemporal Dementia. This two-hour class will explore the probable progression, treatment, and prognosis of dementia.  Additional time will be allotted for questions, discussions, support and learning from the instructor(s) and caregivers who understand the stresses of your situation.  (Go to calendar)

Psychology of Caregiving – Many caregivers are experiencing high levels of stress in the caregiving role which disrupts their own personal well-being and social activities. This course will explore the psychological aspects of caregiving and offer practical solutions.  (Go to calendar)


Family Caregiving A two-hour class designed to save caregivers time, money and heartache.

1:00  1:45pm   Long Term Plans
We will discuss Advance Directives, long-term care insurance, and how to pay for nursing home care if needed.

1:45pm – 3:00pm    Practical Caregiving Skills
Learn how to safely assist, perform personal care, and improve mobility for your care recipient in this hands-on session. We also teach the basics of infection control and wound care.

Family Caregiving is offered on the 2nd Friday of each month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
You are welcome to attend one, two, or all three sessions… whatever works for your schedule.  (Go to calendar)

While this is a free class, we do ask for and accept donations. Pease register in advance by calling 912.629.1331 or by e-mailing info@edelcaregiverinstitute.org with your name and contact information.  Thank you.

All other classes are offered on a donation basis.

Wellness Classes

Caregiver Stress Relief / Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation – Restorative Yoga utilizes a variety of props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks to support the body and allow the breath to move freely, encouraging the muscles to relax the mind to quiet the silent space within.
No previous experience is necessary. Dress to move and stretch. (Go to calendar)

Kate and V restorative yoga

Class Instructors

Elizabeth Brodhead – Certified Yoga Instructor

Jacque Cole, RPh – Pharmacist at LoCost Pharmacy http://www.locostpharmacy.com/

Kate Doran – Certified Yoga Instructor  http://savannahpoweryoga.com/

Constance Gabrielli – Certified Yoga Instructor  http://savannahpoweryoga.com/

Dr. Debra Hagerty, DNP, RN, NHA, FACDONA – Professor of Nursing; Armstrong State University  https://www.armstrong.edu/

Holland Morgan, MA – Master of Divinity, Bereavement Counselor for Full Circle Grief and Loss Center  http://www.hospicesavannah.org/

Jenny Parker, PT – Certified Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah  http://savannahrehabilitationhospital.com/

Richard Reeve – Director of Financial Education: Consumer Credit Counseling Service  http://www.cccssavannah.org/

Dr. Kathy Schaefer, PT, MBA, DPT – Professor of Physical Therapy; Armstrong State University  https://www.armstrong.edu/

TimMarie C. Williams, Ph.D., MCG – Gerontology Program Director; Armstrong State University  https://www.armstrong.edu/