On Wednesday, August 15, Brandywine Living hosted the Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Facilitator Training.
Two chapters (Delaware Valley and Greater New Jersey) joined together for the first time to train Brandywine Living team members as support group facilitators. Fourteen Brandywine Living communities attended and completed the training.
Robyn Kohn, Alzheimer’s Association MIA Director of Programs and Services commented, “The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop coping methods and encourage caregivers to maintain their personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association gratefully appreciates the partnership with Brandywine Living New Jersey communities, to provide the enriching and supportive environment our families need, to help them through their difficult journey.”
The newly certified Brandywine Living support group facilitators will be utilizing their training to lead successful community support groups.
“Support groups (offered on-site at a Brandywine location) will provide a vehicle for caregivers to develop a mutual support system and connect others who are dealing with the impact of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Not just for our families, but for the surrounding community,” said Maria Nadelstumph, Brandywine Living Vice President of Organizational Development & Program Excellence.
Many of the support group facilitators have both personal and professional experience with Alzheimer’s disease, such as Chris Doran, Escapades Producer at Brandywine Living at Livingston.
“I was truly grateful for the opportunity to learn significant ways to outreach in the community. My grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when I was in middle school, which has made my working for Brandywine have purpose beyond a job. This training really helped me see the different ways an Alzheimer’s support group can reach so many. By creating a place where caregivers can find similar stories to their own and the support they need, they can see they are not alone. This disease affects many people, but the caregivers tend to be forgotten in the process. This is a much needed initiative that I am so glad to be a part of in Livingston,” stated Chris.
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About Brandywine Living
Brandywine Living (formerly Brandywine Senior Living) is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine currently operates 29 communities in five states (PA, NJ, NY, VA, CT & DE) with capacity to serve over 3,000 residents.