Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

August 3, 2012

Support groups


CNHI

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Parkinson’s Support Group

There is a Parkinson’s Support Group, designed specifically for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, conducted each month at the Hendricks County Senior Center. This month the group meets Aug. 14 at the center, 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.

Hendricks County Senior Services offers this service to help support those who are living with Parkinson’s Disease and those who care for Parkinson’s patients. Juli Krizan from Hendricks Regional Health will facilitate the support group.

Krizan is a physical therapist who has been practicing for more than 18 years, providing therapy to patients at Hendricks Regional Health.  

This month the guest speaker will be a nurse who will discuss lifesaving skills, basic emergency care, and teaching the Heimlich maneuver. Participants of the support group will receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the challenges they face, and the latest information about research. All meetings are confidential and free of charge.  

For more information on this support group, call Hendricks County Senior Services at 745-4303.

Those who would like to stay for lunch are asked to call the senior center at least 24 hours in advance. Lunch is a suggested donation of $2 for seniors age 60 and older.  Transportation is also available if arranged well in advance. New participants are always welcome and membership in the Hendricks County Senior Center is not required for this group.

The Hendricks County Senior Center is at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.

 

Vision Loss Support Group

The Vision Loss Support Group meets 10:30 a.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Hendricks County Senior Center. The next meeting is Aug. 16.

The group is facilitated by Betty Sullivan at accessABILITY Services. Meetings are free and open to all.

The group is of benefit to those who have dealt with loss of vision for a period of time as well as those who are just now experiencing the condition. Meetings are friendly and designed for sharing personal experiences, information about new technology, and the opportunity to hear from guest speakers.

Sullivan will be available to discuss ways to achieve the highest level of independence and help participants feel safer at home. Transportation is available through Senior Services by calling 745-4303.

Those who would like to stay for lunch following the meeting are asked to call the senior center at least 24 hours in advance. Suggested donation is $2 for seniors 60 years and older and their spouses.

New participants are always welcome and membership in the senior center is not required.

 

Stroke Support Group

Hendricks County Senior Services (HCSS) will host its monthly support group for persons who have had a stroke, for their caregivers, and for anyone who is interested. The group is facilitated by Donna Martin, caregiver to a stroke survivor.

The next meeting is 10:30 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Hendricks County Senior Center, 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.

Stroke is an emergency brain attack. Call 911 at the first sign of a stroke.  

Warning signs of a stroke include sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination; and a sudden severe headache with no known cause.

For more information about stroke, visit StrokeAssociation.org.   

To arrange for transportation and/or to stay for lunch at noon, contact HCSS at 745-4303. Lunch is offered for a suggested $2 donation for those who are 60 and older and their spouses. Participants are asked to call by noon the day before to reserve lunch. Transportation may require reservations in advance.

 

Caregiver Support Group

Hendricks County Senior Services will host its monthly Caregiver Support Group at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Hendricks County Senior Center.

This group designed for persons who are caring for a loved one or friend.

Hendricks County Senior Services offers this service to help support caregivers. Statistics show that 60 percent of caregivers will give out before the care recipient will. Care giving can affect the health of the caregiver physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. The journey of family caregiving has many stages and the demands can become overwhelming.

It is critical that caregivers understand the importance of rest and “me time” because it allows them to recharge and take a break from the responsibly of caregiving. John Munn, a family caregiver from Avon, will facilitate the meetings with Deanne Sanders-Below, information/in-home services coordinator at Hendricks County Senior Services.

No reservations are required to participate and membership in the senior center is not required. Participants of the support group will receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the challenges they face, and time to share their experiences with other caregivers. All meetings are confidential and free of charge.  

For more information on this support group, call HCSS at 745-4303. The Hendricks County Senior Center is at 1201 Sycamore Lane in Danville.

 

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Hendricks County Senior Services is hosting a monthly Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. The group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. The next session is Aug. 28 with facilitator Jean Phillips.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers the support group to help those who provide care to loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

This month the guest speaker is Denise Saxman from the Indiana Alzheimer’s office. The topic will be on the TrialMatch service that is offered free to caregivers and caregiver families. The criteria for TrialMatch is based on the diagnosis and age of the disease. Clinical trials are the way to medical progress and the way to detect, treat, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. All caregivers and family are urged to attend this meeting.

All meetings are confidential and free of charge. Support group members offer emotional support, teach practical coping skills, and teach participants how to recognize the stages of the progression of Alzheimer’s in their loved one.  

For more information on this support group, call the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at (800) 272-3900 or Hendricks County Senior Services at 745-4303.