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Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group for Men

In my more than 25 years of experience in the Alzheimer's care world, I have known many capable, doggedly dedicated, patient and loving male caregivers. Typically though, these caregiver warriors neglect their own emotional needs. They endure the fatigue, the sorrow and stress associated with the daily tally of their loved-one's loses and growing number of needs, often not accepting the offer of respite or counsel. Some male caregivers who seek out a generic caregiver support group may feel overwhelmed by the gender differences in the group and find it hard to open up and express their feelings.

Over the years I have facilitated caregiver groups exclusively for men--husbands, partners, brothers, extended family members— that provided a more open setting where men feel more comfortable in express themselves and talking about their emotions. I'd like to offer a new twist on the male caregiver support group, one that is a 50/50 mix of education on the skills of caregiving and emotional support, and, the group would be time-limited, meeting for six sessions. I'd like to offer this group in our Watertown office starting as soon as we have enough participants enrolled in the group.

Paul Raia, Ph.D.

If you are interested contact Maura Moxley via email, or at 617 868-6718.


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