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The Holmstad holds Helping Hearts Alzheimer's support group

Aug 07, 2017 11:13AM ● Published by Ben Scott

BATAVIA, Ill. – Findings from an Alzheimer's Association survey released in June 2017 show that while people overwhelmingly agree it often takes a village to provide care for someone living with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia (91 percent), far too many caregivers are doing it alone.

The Holmstad, a senior living community, is opening its doors and sharing its resources to help family members and caregivers address the challenges. The Holmstad Helping Hearts is a free family and caregivers support group that meets the first Thursday of the month, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Town Center classroom at The Holmstad, located at 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. Registration is not required to attend the support group, but you must reserve a spot for your loved one requiring care by calling Brenda Lowden, RN, at (630) 879-4034 or emailing her at BJLowden@covenantretirement.org. The care is provided free of charge.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Jeanne Marie Snarich, will lead group discussions that will include managing and coping with difficult behaviors; self-care and coping skills; safety issues; connecting with your loved one who has dementia; stress management; telling others about the diagnosis and establishing boundaries; holiday blues/grief and loss; and acceptance and letting go. Educational materials and referral services will be provided. Refreshments will be served.

About The Holmstad

The Holmstad is a faith-based, not-for-profit, continuing care retirement community located at 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, Ill. It is administered by Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC), the nation’s sixth largest not-for-profit senior services provider. CRC serves 5,000 residents at 15 senior living communities nationwide and is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church. For more information on The Holmstad, call 877–226-7310 or visit www.TheHolmstad.org

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