About nine million Americans suffer from dementing illnesses; 5.7 million from Alzheimer’s disease. Dementing illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease have a wide variety of presentations and can affect adults in all stages of life.The person with the disease may have a variety of symptoms including memory loss, problems communicating, functional losses, and behavioral issues. Families provide the bulk of care, usually with very little training, information, and coaching.
Support systems are being developed to help families succeed in this all-consuming caregiving effort. Dayspring is developing a support group for families affected by dementing illness. The name of the group is “TAKING CARE: LIVING AND LOVING WITH MEMORY LOSS.” Initially the group will meet on the third Monday of the month, with the next meeting on November 18, in the Adult Room from 10:30 am until noon. We are planning for have limited care available for the family member with dementia if needed. The group will be facilitated by two seasoned veterans in Dementia Care, Ann Ahland a social-worker who recently retired after 20-plus years at Friendship Village, and Geri Hall, a nurse who has specialized in dementia care since 1978.
If you are interested in participating in the group, please contact Pastor Shirley at (480) 838-1446 or by email. We look forward to answering your questions and helping to guide you through your dementia care journey.