Act Now Foundation’s Memory Club and Caregiver Support Groups provide community-based peer support services for the special needs of individuals and their care partners, with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia's.
For more information or to RSVP for a support group please call 201-721-6721.
You Should Know..
In New Jersey, there are over 447,000 caregivers taking care of over 170,000 seniors with Alzheimer’s disease.
The Program Details...
The interactive Caregiver Support Groups are divided into 4 intervals which target the educational, emotional, and social requirements of the participants. The first segment is organized as a friendly meet and greet where members can socialize, have a snack, and meet new members. The next period is dedicated to creating emotional connections through support round tabling which includes discussions about experiences, feelings, and relationships. Then the group will receive advice, resource and practical information, and education specific to the issues presented. The session concludes with planned interactive activities. Psychologists and social workers are critical in providing needed support and ANF will continue to include additional professional counselors. Customizing a support solution maximizes the chance that individuals will get the right help, minimizes depression and anxiety, and reduces caregiver burnout.
The Memory Club is designed to meet the needs of a person with memory loss and their care partner, typically a family member, friend, or home health aide. The Club provides a safe environment where seniors living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their care partner can learn more about the disease, share experiences, participate in mind stimulating activities, ask questions, and develop friendships. The goal is to keep those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia actively engaged in the community for as long as possible.
Additionally, the Club provides caregivers the opportunity to leave the home with the person they care for to meet others dealing with the same challenges. Memory Clubs also address the broader issue of creating dementia friendly communities. By working to end the stigma and social isolation associated with dementia, we can move our communities and larger societies toward viewing dementia as a disability that can be accommodated with patience and greater understanding. This Memory Club distributes information about community resources and education directly to the needed consumers.
A social gathering, like the Memory Club, is conducted in the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of NJ and other friendly locations.
Where can I go for support now?
Act Now Foundation is running support groups, individual support sessions, and crisis management in New Jersey. We encourage you to learn more about the various opportunities for support in your community. Please call 201-721-6721 or email today.