Naples Senior Center at JFCS offers several weekly support groups for individuals with early to mid-stage dementia in Naples and Marco Island. Each group meets weekly for four hours.
The program is affiliated with the Brookdale Foundation’s National Group Respite Program and provides socialization and wellness with a holistic approach to everyday challenges and living. The focus of the groups is on language skills, memory techniques, relaxation techniques, socialization and self-esteem. The program includes Dakim Brain Fitness, which is designed to help users strengthen attention, focus and concentration. Groups perform activities that enhance social skills and assist in recall and language skills.
Participants work with a board-certified music therapist, thanks to a partnership with the Department of Music Therapy at the Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music. A licensed art therapist engages participants on creative ways to overcome cognitive challenges.
To learn whether a loved one may be a candidate for the Dementia Respite program, please contact Rhonda Eisenberg, LMHC, Geriatric Social Worker, at 239-325-4444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caregiver Boot Camp programs are available quarterly to educate those who support the needs of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. During this daylong session, caregivers receive training and education on coping mechanisms, engagement skills and daily care management to give them the tools they need to address the challenges of caring for their loved one. The program also provides an outlet for caregivers to interact and learn from others who face similar challenges every day. Call 239-325-4444 to learn more about this program and sign up for the next boot camp.
“I can’t tell you how fortunate we feel to have found this program…it has been a real blessing.” ~ Mrs. S. about her husband, who regularly attends the program.