Submission #369 by Temple Torat Emet Men's Club - West Boynton Beach, FL (1344)

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Submitted by hosprx50
Fri, 2013-05-03 19:30
I have read the General Guidelines, "Nuts and Bolts" and Program Advanced Planning (Excel Spreadsheet) Documents
Club Name
Temple Torat Emet Men's Club - West Boynton Beach, FL (1344)
Non Caregiver Dementia Support Group
Club Representative
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Club President at time of Convention
Club President Now
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There are many support groups for caregivers of family members who have dementia or Alzheimer Disease.
However, there is little support for the rest of the family and friends of those parents who have dementia or alzheimer disease. Our Men's Club has started a support group for Men's Club members that is led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a member of the Temple and the wife of a Men's Club Board Member. The names of those attending is kept confidential.
Recently one of our board members expressed concern that he did not know where to turn to when one of his parents had been diagnosed with dementia and at times did not know who he was when he went to visit his parents. His other parent, who was the caregiver, had gone to support groups at the local hospital but as a child or even grandhild, it has been very hard to accept this diease of a love one and learn how to react or cope with the issues that surrond the declining health of a parent.
One of our board members was discussing this issue with his wife, who is a licensed clinical social worker, and she agreed to call this member up to discuss how he could cope with his parents with this disease.
After talking with her, this member felt that other men or women may have the same issue and they are not conforting the issues head on. The member brought this issue up to our President of our Men's Club to see if we would entertain having a support group for NON caregivers that could be facilitated by this licensed clinical social worker. Since dementia and Alzheimer's parents are becoming more and more commen, it was decided to place something in the presidents message from Men's Club and to have our club support a Support Group by hosting an open forum once/month. Men's Club would sponsor the coffee and reserve the room at the Temple for this support group to meet. It was felt to meet on a weeknight so as not to interfere with family commitments on the weekends. We started out with 3 -4 people who met with the licensed clinical social worker. The Rabbi mentioned this support group from the Bima during announcement and more people have begun to show up. On some nights, there are 8 members that show up for support but the "core" is normally 5 - 6 members who need help in adapting and coping with this serious disease.

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Self Assessment
We have allowed men ( and women ) who needed a support group to talk out and discuss issues that they were having with one or both of their parents who are suffering with dementia or Alzheimer disease.
This group was facilitated by a professional clinical social worker who works with caregivers of patients who suffer from dementia and alzheimer disease. Participants have left the support group understanding more fully how to personally deal with parents that have these diseases along with how to cope with themselves in understanding the process of the disease and not get so frustrated.
One of FJMC goals is to promote wellness / Men's Health Programs that include physical and mental health. By having a support group for NON caregivers of patients who have dementia and Alzheimer dieases, we are helping the mental health of these children or grandchildren cope with understanding the deteriorating health of their parents or grandparents.
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