Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
The Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA) has received a federal contract through the Atlantic County Area Agency on Aging to provide education and support groups for caregivers of Atlantic County residents over 60 years of age who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.
The weekly program will feature brief lectures by SCOSA’s experts on various topics, including understanding the basics of cognitive disorders and managing challenging behavioral issues. Groups will also discuss ways to “care for the caregiver,” like handling the holidays, mindfulness, and finding joy in caregiving. Presentations on coping skills like storytelling and therapeutic art will teach caregivers new skills to manage the challenging aspects of dementia caregiving. And finally, presentations on practical matters like household safety/technology and legal/financial challenges will ensure that caregiver have access to the resources needed to manage caregiver responsibilities. All presentations will include question and answer periods, as well as the opportunity to focus on individual caregiver needs and provide mutual support.
The program starts at noon Wednesday, Sept. 28. We will meet weekly though mid-December. All sessions will include online and face-to-face options, with meetings on the Galloway campus.