As of Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The disease of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are prevalent in this day and age. Unfortunately, there is no cure—-yet. It is very baffling, not only for the person with the disease, but also for his/her family and friends. Those who care for the demented person find it very stressful and challenging at times.
Sister Barbara A. Bielenberg is the Director of Mission Services at St. Mary’s Hospital. She is also an R.N. of more than 45 years. One of the services she is offering in her job is as facilitator of a caregiver support group.
“This is for any caregiver of any type – not just those who care for persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease,” she emphasized. “It helps to share with others who are experiencing the same kind of caregiving situations.”
Sister Barbara said this helps people learn from each other and discuss different ways of handling situations and challenges.
The group usually meets once a month. The time of day or evening can be adjusted to accommodate those involved. Those interested should call Sister Barbara at St. Mary’s at 208-962-3251 Ext. 8239, or on her cell at 509-455-6602. If she doesn’t answer either phone, leave a message with a number and she will get back to you.