Cypress Place Senior Living to host Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group

Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S. Gerontolgy, facilitates the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group held at Cypress Place. Photo by Michael Gordon

by Cypress staff

In collaboration with New Hope Senior Services, please join Cypress Place Senior Living for an Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregivers Support Group.  Facilitator for the support group will be Norma Featherston, R.N., M.S., Gerontology.  Featherston is a geriatric care consultant with New Hope Senior Services.

Join us for these informative meetings and gain support from others in a caring and understanding environment.  Ask questions and get straight answers from people who have been there.  Learn creative and caring problem solving techniques and caregiving ideas, and discover that you are not all alone in the way you feel.

“My husband was diagnosed at age twenty eight with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis, in which the end result is dementia,” said Featherston.  “The problem was this was not documented until much later, so I received little help from doctors at the time,” she said.

It was a long and difficult journey, in which Featherston became depressed, worn out, and desperate for doing something to help.  She finally hired a caregiver and went back to school in 2006, and graduated in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Gerontology.

“I worked at the Alzheimer’s Association for eight years where I counseled caregivers, taught classes, spoke to civic and other groups, and ran several support groups, “ said Featherston.  “I was able to give my knowledge of caregiving to those who were caregiving for someone with dementia related diseases.”

Support group meetings led by Featherston are held from 9:30a.m. to 11a.m. the first and third Wednesday of every month at Cypress Place Senior Living in Ventura.  The support group is free and open to the public.   Seating is limited so please call to reserve a seat.  To RSVP, please call 805-650-8000.

Cypress Place Senior Living is located at 1200 Cypress Point Lane.  To learn more about Cypress Place Senior Living of Ventura, visit www.cypressplaceseniorliving.com.

To learn more about New Hope Senior Services, please visit

http://www.newhopeseniorservices.com.

Breeze:

Help & Hope is a program for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and their care partners to provided essential information to promote quality of life and family health. Offered in four modules over a two-day period, this program is delivered by experts in the field. Topics include: an overview of diagnosis, communication strategies, legal and financial planning, treatment options, community resources and stress-relieving techniques.

This two-day event will be held on Saturdays, February 25th and March 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Camarillo Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Drive, Camarillo. There is no free for participation, but registration is required. Call  494.5200 to register.

 

 

 

 

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