The Oasis at Dodge Park would like to invite you, the spouse, and/or the caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease to take part of our monthly support groups.

Caregivers Support GroupThe caregivers support group is open to all of Oasis customers and family members and to the general public. The support group meeting is FREE.  Light supper will be provided. Activity and supervision for memory impaired individuals will be provided for FREE by our Day Club personnel during the meeting.

The caregivers support group is meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. The meeting is taking place at Dodge Park Rest Home which is located at 101 Randolph Road, Worcester, MA between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Participation in a support group can be an empowering experience. The groups are designed to help members feel better prepared to cope with their unique situation. Support group members report feeling less alone, more able to confront their daily problems, and more hopeful about their future.

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Why Attend a  Caregivers Support Group?

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease impacts every aspect of your daily life. As Alzheimer’s patients lose one ability after another, a caregiver faces tests of stamina, problem solving and resiliency. Maintaining your emotional and physical fitness is crucial. Preparing yourself, understanding your loved one’s experience, and seeking support from others can be a big help.

When caregiving is difficult and overwhelming, you may feel totally alone. However, you’ll find there are many others in your area who are also providing care to someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. It can help to reach out to others who understand the challenges you’re facing.

Maintaining social contacts, family connections, professional networks, and peer support is an important safeguard for your wellness and happiness. Sharing tasks, solving problems, and savoring the humor along your caretaking journey will let you return to a life filled with good health and cherished memories.

The Caregivers Support Group at Dodge Park is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The Support Group is facilitated by Elaine Kapperman LICSW, a trained professional and community member.

Support group members are typically the spouse, adult child, other family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

The atmosphere of the Dodge Park Support Group is one of sharing and caring friendship. The environment is a confidential and non-judgmental place to share ideas, frustrations, anger and joy. Members receive positive reinforcement.

“I am sending this e-mail to tell you how much I appreciate the support group held at Dodge Park every month. Elaine is an excellent facilitator who makes everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Those who attend benefit by sharing concerns and information. In my opinion, we all leave feeling better than we had when we arrived. We feel equipped to face the challenges of the days to come.

I thank you for providing this very valuable service to the public. I am truly grateful.
Mary Prince”