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Waveny LifeCare Network Offers Bi-Weekly Caregivers Support Group

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NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Waveny LifeCare 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 summer schedule include July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25 and Sept. 8 and 22. Meetings begin at 1:45 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

Led by Kate Bacon, MSW, social worker at Waveny Care Center, the free group focuses on the 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 the opportunity to meet other people facing similar challenges,” said Bacon in a press release. “Our sessions provide an open forum for problem solving, interpersonal networking, stress reduction and continued education about Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and available community resources. Sharing openly with others 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 in a press release. “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 their care always benefits, too.”

For more information about Waveny’s caregiver support group, please contact Bacon at 203-594-5470 or kbacon@waveny.org, or visit Waveny’s informative website at waveny.org.

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