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Morris County Caregivers: Nine-Week “Stress Busting” Program
October 3, 2019
An event every week that begins at 12:00 AM on Thursday, repeating until November 14, 2019
Stress-Busting for Family Caregivers,” a unique 9-week program designed to help family caregivers manage their stress and cope better with their lives, will be offered by Morris County’s Department of Human Services starting on Sept. 19.
The program, which is free (donations accepted), is designed to improve the quality of life of family caregivers who provide care for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, various types of dementia, and other chronic illnesses.
During these weekly, 90-minute sessions, small groups of caregivers will learn new skills, stress management techniques, and information about illnesses and diseases that have impacted their loved ones. These sessions also will provide caregivers with an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other.
The program is conducted in a small group setting with two trained group facilitators. Participants are provided with many resources, including a handbook covering class material, a meditation CD, and a relaxation strategies DVD. Program handbooks for caregivers to participate in the program are available for purchase separately.
Morris County will offer the program at the Office of Temporary Assistance, (for GPS) 340 West Hanover Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960. Classes will run weekly from Sept. 19 through Nov. 14.
There will be morning and afternoon sessions available, at either 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be available during the program. To register by Sept. 12, contact Kim Cacciabeve at 973-829-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“There are so many people in Morris County who are dealing with the enormous stress of providing full-time care for their loved ones,” said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, who is liaison to county human services agencies. “This program is aimed at offering them some respite from that pressure and to offer techniques on how to deal with it going forward.”