Kay Gottesman has been a member of Cedar Lane for 10 years and the primary caregiver for her husband since his diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment (early stage dementia) over 8 years ago. During that time, she has had to deal with the issues all caregivers face: loneliness, isolation, grief, anxiety, anger, guilt, financial concerns, loss of freedom to pursue one’s own interests, finding people to help with the caregiving, finding sources of emotional support, and changed relationships with the person being cared for and other family members. Six years ago, her husband began attending a therapeutic social program for men with early stage dementia, which offers a Caregivers Support Group that meets twice a month. Although the progression of the disease and the specific physical and behavioral changes vary among affected people, a support group brings out the common problems faced by all caregivers.
She will be facilitating a support group at Cedar Lane for dementia/Alzheimer’s caregivers that will meet twice a month starting in the Spring.