FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 5, 2009
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host Free Caregiver Support Group
NEW YORK, NY — For those caring for an individual in the mid-to-late stages of dementia, there are often few people to turn to who can relate to what they are going through.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Sunrise Senior Living are sponsoring a new support group specifically for family caregivers of individuals with moderate to severe dementia.
The support group will meet every other week beginning May 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sunrise Senior Living at Sheepshead Bay, 2211 Emmons Ave., Brooklyn. There is no charge to participate, but enrollment is limited.
For more information and to register, contact Michelle Cummings, a recreational therapist at Sunrise, at 718-616-1850.
The group, facilitated by an AFA social worker, will enable participants to develop a support network, voice concerns, share successful strategies and gain valuable insight from experts and peers.
“Caring for a loved one in the later stages of dementia often leaves individuals feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Support groups can help reduce these feelings and let caregivers know it’s okay to ask for help,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of 950 member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. AFA’s services include a toll-free helpline, counseling, educational materials, a free caregiver magazine and professional training. For information, call (Toll-Free Helpline) 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg