The progressive, terminal effects of dementia pose the ongoing need for caregivers to educate themselves on changes occurring with their loved one.
The goal of the Edel Caregiver Institute is to develop a Community of Caregivers, a place for family caregivers like yourself to share information about caring for their loved one struggling with dementia.
Where our Dementia Caregiver Support Group addresses emotional support, our Dementia Care Partners Community will focus on:
Caregiver Fellowship Group – Are you gradually feeling more alone — that those around you just don’t seem to get what you are going through? Our drop-in Caregiver Fellowship meets twice a month and provides a safe place to connect with other caregivers who truly understand. Learn and discover strength, emotional support, and a necessary sense of community with like-minded people. This group is non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances. (Go to calendar)
Dementia Caregiver Support Group – Are You Caring for a Loved One Living with Dementia? Whether you are caring for your loved one at home or they reside in a facility, the stress of caring for a loved one with dementia can be overwhelming with uncertainty. You are invited to fellowship with other caregivers sharing your concerns, struggles, and questions. This group is for family caregivers of a loved one with dementia or memory issues only. (Go to calendar)
Ambiguous Loss / Anticipatory Grief Caregiver Support Group – What is Anticipatory Grief and Ambiguous Loss?
How does it impact me as a caregiver and does my loved one experience it?
The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) defines these terms as:
* “Anticipatory grief is the emotional pain and sadness that arises in advance of an expectant loss or death.”
* “Ambiguous loss is the confusing feeling of interacting with someone who is not fully present mentally or socially, as often happens to family caregivers who are closely involved with a person living with dementia.”
Please click on the video image to hear Elizabeth Brodhead, LSW discuss understanding grief and ambiguous loss in relation to caregiving. (Go to calendar)
Caregiver support groups are made possible due to generous funding from the Oaks at Pooler.
Understanding a Dementia Diagnosis – Being a caregiver for someone with a memory issue or a dementia diagnosis presents its own unique share of challenges both mentally and physically.
Do you often ask yourself why your loved one:
• Forgets simple things but seems so “normal” at other times?
• Constantly asks to go home when they are home?
• Argues over what seems so obvious?
• Follows you around and asks so many questions?
Why do they give you a hard time when you are only trying to care for them?
Our Understanding A Dementia Diagnosis class instructor Dr. Debra Hagerty DNP, RN, NHA, FACDONA, Associate Professor of Nursing at GA Southern University Armstrong campus, explores the probable progression, treatment, and prognosis of dementia. Additional time will be allotted for questions, discussions, support and learning from Dr. Hagerty and caregivers who understand the stress of your situation. (Go to calendar)
One-on-One Dementia Coaching is available due to generous funding from Drs. Blenda Wilson and Louis Fair, Jr.
Please call for more information. We want to help you.
Making Sense of Caregiving – Are you the primary caregiver for a parent, spouse, or child with a serious illness, disability or diagnosis? Do you have thoughts and feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, guilt and even resentment? These could be signs of caregiver burden and even caregiver burnout!
Join others who share your situation to explore the psychological ramifications of caregiving and to receive some practical solutions from our instructor Dr. TimMarie C. Williams, Ph.D., MCG – Gerontology Program Director; Georgia Southern University Armstrong campus. Please take one hour of your week for you… You will be glad you did! (Go to calendar)
Caregiving Skills 101 – Learn practical caregiving skills and core physical techniques of caregiving as lead by Sarah Farmer, SPT at GA Southern Armstrong campus. Learn how to safely assist between bed and wheelchair, perform personal care such as making an occupied bed, and improve mobility and comfort for your care recipient in this hands-on session. (Go to calendar)
Caregiving Skills 101 is provided due to generous funding from Meyer & Sayers, LLP
Caregiver Stress Relief / Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation – Join us for a yoga session focused on relaxation and quieting the mind. This is not a stretching class, instead props such as bolsters and blankets are used to support the body. This allows the breath to move freely, encouraging the muscles to relax, and the mind to quiet. Within a short time, this practice encourages you to become submerged in a deeply relaxed state and drop into the silent space within. No previous experience is necessary. Dress comfortably for movement. (Go to calendar)
Marcia Berens – Certified Yoga Instructor
Kate Doran – Certified Yoga Instructor http://savannahpoweryoga.com/
Dr. Debra Hagerty, DNP, RN, NHA, FACDONA – Professor of Nursing; Georgia Southern University https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/
Richard Reeve – Director of Financial Education: Consumer Credit Counseling Service http://www.cccssavannah.org/
Franessa Stalter – Certified Yoga Instructor
TimMarie C. Williams, Ph.D., MCG – Gerontology Program Director; Georgia Southern University https://www.georgiasouthern.edu/
While there is no charge for our classes, support groups, or services, we do ask for and accept donations.
Please register in advance by calling 912.629.1331 or by e-mailing Jill at JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org with your name and contact information. Thank you.