Caregivers play a vital role in the lives of persons who have experienced a sudden loss of their communication skills as a result of a stroke, traumatic head injury, brain tumor . . . or who are experiencing a slow decline due to a progressive neurological disorder such as Primary Progressive Aphasia, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, or Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. A caregiver's role is demanding, challenging, emotionally & physically exhausting. Research studies reveal the critical need for caregivers to also take time out for themselves, to engage in one or more meaningful activities.
ACFC is pleased to offer a program specifically for caregivers of persons with aphasia. The intent of the ACFC Caregivers Support Group is to provide an environment in which caregivers can share any and all issues involved with their role as a caregiver and can receive moral support from each other. Please make some time for yourself. We invite you to visit our Caregiver Support Group.
SCHEDULE: 1st & 3rd Fridays of each month
TIME: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First visit . . . No charge.
The fee is $10, payable at the beginning of each month.
Participants may pay $5.00 a session if they prefer.
NON-ACFC CAREGIVER POLICY;
Caregivers from the community who are not participating in the aphasia center will also be welcomed to join the group as space allows.
Nicki brings with her much experience and insight into the challenges associated with the difficult task of caring for a stroke survivor. Nicki's husband, Don, suffered a massive stroke in December 2007. Speech, physical, & occupational therapies consumed their daily calendar until Don passed away in September 2011. Realizing how important a support system can be for a caregiver, having walked in those shoes, Nicki initiated the ACFC Caregiver Support Group and volunteers as the group facilitator. In addition to her valuable ACFC volunteer work, Nicki continues operating Decorating Den Interiors, a consulting business she launched in 1987. However, providing caregiver support has become Nicki's greater passion.