Jewish HomeLife’s two assisted living communities, Berman Commons in Dunwoody, and The Cohen Home in Johns Creek, have begun holding caregiver support groups each month, in person, for the first time since the pandemic began. The support groups are free to the community and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. Sessions will be facilitated by counselors from Aviv Older Adult Services of JF&CS.
The Cohen Home held its first support group for the Johns Creek/Alpharetta area on Jan. 19. Going forward, it will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. It will be facilitated by Samantha Freeman, gerontologist, and certified dementia practitioner with JF&CS. The Cohen Home is located at 10485 Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek, near Dolvin Elementary at Buice Road, and convenient to Chabad of North Fulton and Gesher L’Torah.
Berman Commons held its first session for the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area on Jan. 24. Thereafter, it will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., starting in February. It will be facilitated by Jessica Wilson, MSW and geriatric care manager with JF&CS. Berman Commons is located at 2026 Womack Road in Dunwoody, adjacent to the MJCCA and walkable from Congregation Ariel.
“Caregiver burnout is real, particularly for those caring for loved ones with dementia or other age-related condition,” said Jeffrey A. Gopen, president and CEO of Jewish HomeLife. “Just being with others facing similar challenges can offer new ideas and help reduce feelings of isolation and depression. Our excellent facilitators from JF&CS can also provide information, resources, and strategies that give participants a sense of control and perspective knowing they are not alone. Watching those we love lose their memory or ability to live independently is difficult on all levels. Taking some time to focus on your own mental and emotional well-being will help you be a better caregiver for someone else.”
Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Participants can attend as often or as little as needed. For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Berman Commons/Dunwoody: Amanda Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 678-602-5693; or The Cohen Home/Johns Creek: Jyl Batterman, email@example.com or call/text 404-434-2618.