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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.

Constance Rose House in Wayland offering new support group for caregivers of people with dementia
By Douglas Flynn / November 6, 2015

Caregiving can be a stressful as well as a rewarding experience, especially when you are caring for a loved one with dementia. But you don't have to go it alone. One of the best ways to help navigate the caregiving journey is with the help of a support group.

Support groups provide a safe and welcoming environment to discuss the issues you face while caring for a loved one and allow participants to express their feelings and share strategies with others experiencing similar circumstances.

The Constance Rose House Social/Supportive Adult Day Program in Wayland is offering a new Dementia Support Group for caregivers caring for someone with dementia. The group will meet monthly on the second Thursday of each month, beginning November 12 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Meeting will be held at The Constance Rose House at 8 Wampum Path, Wayland, MA 01778.

The Dementia Support Group will be facilitated by Shana Hermans, Population Health Specialist with Century Health Systems. Hermans will lead discussions on a variety of issues related to dementia, including stages, signs and symptoms; coping with a loved one's dementia; caregiver tips; supportive community services; and more.

With a degree in Community Health Education, Hermans is highly qualified to educate about and raise awareness of the issues facing those with dementia as well as provide answers to attendee questions. Her background and training has provided her with the appropriate resources and knowledge to run a variety of health-related support groups and educational programs.

The support group is free to attend, but RSVPs are suggested. Please call Kara Harvey, Director of The Constance Rose House, at 508-545-8001 to RSVP.

Century Health Systems can also help establish dementia support groups in other locations. For more information, call 508-651-1786 or email info@centuryhealth.org.

For other caregiver support groups in MetroWest, check our complete listings on the Support Groups page in our resource section.

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