Dementia Support Group
Living with Dementia? Caregiver Support Group Helps Families Cope
Meets twice a month, open to the public
WHEN: Second and fourth Fridays, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
WHERE: Conference Room, Creekside Continuing Care Community, 400 Gilkey Rd.
Burlington, WA 98233
FACILITATOR: Bernadet DeJonge, M.A
Creekside Continuing Care Community hosts an ongoing Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group led by Bernadet DeJonge, M.A., on the second and fourth Fridays, from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. This informal support group meets in the Conference Room, is free, open to all, and participants can attend as their schedule allows. Families who care for or live with persons suffering from memory loss or dementia symptoms are welcome to attend.
Topics covered will include causes and types of dementia, behavioral symptoms, problems arising in daily care, finding medical help, coping with role changes and family conflict, as well as support and understanding for those most affected by the care giving responsibilities.
Group facilitator, Bernadet DeJonge, is a PhD candidate with experience in private counseling for caregivers, instructional training, and certification with professionals and families serving those with dementia and memory impairment. DeJonge has a B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling, and is completing her PhD in Counseling Supervision and Education. She represents the Alzheimer’s Society, a Whatcom County-based agency committed to education and support of caregivers and families of a growing population of people affected by dementia in any form.
Creekside Continuing Care Community is a premier Skagit County campus offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care, and is located at 400 Gilkey Road in Burlington, southeast of the Fred Meyer store. Families and residents alike experience peace of mind knowing that they don’t have to move elsewhere when their care needs change. From studios, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments and 2 and 3 bedroom cottages, retirees seeking a lifestyle designed for wellness will find amenities and activities for every lifestyle. Tours, featuring apartment and cottage models, and information about wellness-directed activities are available by stopping in or calling 360/755-5550 to schedule an appointment.
The EverFit Club
Goal to encourage everyone to have at least 1.2 liters a day. Also to consider the health benefits of water intake avoiding high sugar drinks especially in between meals.
The body uses water to:
- To transport water-soluble nutrients to organs around the body.
- To transport toxins and waste products out of the body via urine.
- To send electrical messages between cells- for example, to allow organs to function, muscles to contract and relax, and eyes to focus on images.
- To control our body temperature and digest food.
- The process of burning calories requires an adequate supply of water in order to function efficiently; dehydration slows down the fat burning process.
- Water helps maintain muscle tone by assisting muscles with their ability to contract, and it lubricates your joints. Proper hydration can help reduce muscle soreness when exercising.
- Drinking water with a meal may make you feel fuller sooner and than satisfied with eating less.
The EverFit Club has multiple opportunities to make it easy for our residents to maintain an active lifestyle, no matter what their fitness preference. EverFit offers:
- Strength & Balance Classes
- Aquatic Fitness-fee applies
- Walking Program
- Tai Chi
- Chair Aerobics
- Low Impact Aerobics
- Dance Classes (Ballroom & Line Dancing)
- Boot Camps
- Cardio Conditioning
- President’s Challenge
And, of course, no fitness program is complete without a state-of-the-art fitness center, offering the latest equipment to meet all residents’ rehabilitation and fitness needs. Our fitness staff will take the time to work with our residents one-on-one to train them on how to appropriately and safely use every piece of equipment. Personal trainers are also available to help residents develop a workout regimen that is specific to their needs and abilities.
Regardless of a resident’s current fitness level, The EverFit Club will help him or her to both establish and meet fitness goals, and hopefully lead a happier and healthier lifestyle!