A support group for caregivers of people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s meets on the 2nd Friday and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10 – 11:30 am.
Gottesman, who will facilitate the group, has been an active member of Cedar Lane for 10 years and is 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 changing 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.
Kay’s previous experience in peer support includes facilitating a support group for newly separated and divorced people, visiting with women scheduled for a mastectomy, and providing follow-up telephone support to people whose family members were in hospice care at the end of their lives.