Caregiver Support Group
Caring for those who care for others
Join other caregivers who share the same task to build a local support system.
The group is multipurpose – provide information for taking care of
yourself and your loved one along with sharing advice and understanding
with other caregivers. Meetings will open with short informational presentations
on a variety of caregiver topics followed by personal experience sharing.
Some sessions will offer guest presenters with topics such as nutrition,
exercise, home safety, medical needs, how to talk with someone with dementia,
taking care of the caregiver, and social and family circle for support.
March 26: Using our favorite book,
The 36 Hour Day as our guide, we’ll talk about issues surrounding mood change and
suspicion. Our loved ones go through a wide range of cognitive changes
that can be really difficult to handle as caregivers.
April 9: Kathy Downey will join us to show how to create reminiscence books. Kathy has generously
offered to help create books for members of the group. The books, depending
on their design, could be used to help when we spend time with our loved
ones; often their long memories are places they love to visit, and a photo
is often a way to connect them to a happy place.
April 23: It’s often difficult when we go out with our loved ones to unfamiliar
places. How will others respond who don’t know what their cognitive
decline looks like? We’ll offer some suggestions for places like
church, restaurants, and other venues.
May 14: Julie Mason, Social worker at
The Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center, will talk about some of the mechanics of getting our loved ones admitted,
and the strategies for admission. She’ll also discuss how we can
educate family members on the loss of cognitive ability; sometimes they
don’t understand the same things the caregiver does.
May 28: What are the implications in moving our loved ones? We’ll discuss
available options when the time comes that our loved one can’t stay
where they are. These are extremely difficult decisions for caregivers,
especially when they have to be made quickly or against the wishes of
their loved ones.
June 11: A member of the detective division of the Gillette Police Department will
join us to talk about scams; what they look like, how to spot and avoid
them. This should be a very interesting evening.
June 25: Activities for Daily Living; essential things our loved ones do each day, either for themselves or
with help. They include assisted walking, going up and down stairs, feeding,
bathing, toileting, standing, sitting, and other activities we do almost
without thinking that our loved ones struggle with. Janet will lead a
discussion of how ADL’s evolve as our loved ones’ conditions change.
Meetings held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Legacy
Living and Rehabilitation Center at 1000 S. Douglas Avenue in Gillette,
Wyoming at 6:30 pm; light refreshments provided.