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The Holmstad holds Helping Hearts Alzheimer's support group

Aug 07, 2017 11:13AM ● 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 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