...helping caregivers so they can better help their loved ones.
Are you a caregiver for or know someone with a dementia diagnosis?

Join us on Wednesday, August 7th from
10:00am - 12:00pm
at the Edel Caregiver Institute for
"Understanding A Dementia Diagnosis"
Being a caregiver for someone with a memory issue or a dementia diagnosis presents its own unique share of challenges both mentally and physically.
Do you often ask yourself why your loved one:
• Forgets simple things but seems so “normal” at other times?
• Constantly asks to go home when they are home?
• Argues over what seems so obvious?
• Follows you around and asks so many questions?
Why do they give you a hard time when you are only trying to care for them?

Our  Understanding A Dementia Diagnosis class instructor Dr. Debra Hagerty DNP, RN, NHA, FACDONA, Associate Professor of Nursing at GA Southern University Armstrong campus, explores the probable progression, treatment, and prognosis of dementia. Additional time will be allotted for questions, discussions, support and learning from Dr. Hagerty and caregivers who understand the stress of your situation.
Please note this class is only offered quarterly so be sure to register and join us on August 7th!
Making Sense of Caregiving
Join us on Wednesday, August 28th 11:00-12:00
at the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
2nd floor conference room
located at 225 Candler Drive in Savannah

Are you the caregiver for a parent, spouse, or child with a serious illness, disability or diagnosis?  Do you have thoughts and feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, guilt and even resentment?
These could be signs of caregiver burden and even caregiver burnout!
Join our instructor Dr. TimMarie C. Williams, Ph.D., MCG – Gerontology Program Director; Georgia Southern University Armstrong campus to explore the psychological ramifications of caregiving and to receive some practical solutions.   This class is only offered quarterly so please take one hour for yourself BEFORE you get burned out!
Caregiver Support Groups
Are you gradually feeling more alone?
Do those around you just not seem to get what you are going through?
How about an hour to focus on YOUR needs while meeting like-minded caregivers to share information and coping skills? These groups are non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances. If you are a caregiver in need of support, please join us at any or all of the following monthly meetings facilitated by the Edel Caregiver Institute ... ALL GROUPS ARE OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY.
Demere Center for Living
Tuesday, August 13th : 10-11am
Monday, August 26th : 1-2pm
6000 Business Center Dr., Savannah
Additional Info: Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org
Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church
Thursday, August 1st: 1-2pm (open forum)
Thursday, August 15th: 1-2pm (guest speaker)
Skidaway Island
54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah
Additional Info: Haley O'Reilly with Coastal Care Partners at 912-484-0118 or Haley@CoastalCarePartners.com
Buckingham South
Wednesday, August 14th : 6-7pm
Evening Support Group
5450 Abercorn St, Savannah
Additional Info: 912-355-5550
Summer Breeze
Monday, August 26th : 10-11am
Wilmington Island
351 Wilmington Island Rd, Savannah
Additional Info: Kelly Hagan at 912-898-9387 or KHagan@SummerBreezeSeniorLiving.com
The ALS Association holds their monthly support group at the Demere Center for Living on the second Tuesday of each month.
Please contact the ALS Care Services team if you have any questions: 888-636-9940 or 404-636-9909 or  careservices@alsaga.org
On-Site Caregiver Assistance for Resident Families
The Edel Caregiver Institute is partnering with the following assisted living facilities to provide one-on-one care consulting for resident families. Please note the specified times and contact information for more information.
Savannah Commons
First Monday of the month from 10:30am - 1:30pm
Contact Joyce Crowder-McBride at 912-927-0500 or email: Joyce.Crowder-McBride@savannahcommons.com for more information.
Oaks at Pooler
Second Tuesday of the month from 12:30 - 3:30pm
Contact Kim Keough at 912-348-2360 or email: Kim.Keough@OaksSeniorLiving.com for more information.
Shepherd Living at Savannah Quarters
Third Monday of the month from 1:00 - 3:30pm we will be available for one-on-one caregiver consulting followed b y caregiver fellowship from 3:30 - 4:30pm .
Please contact the Shepherd Living concierge at 844-8-POOLER for more information.
Caregiver Stress Relief: Schedule some relaxation time just for you!    

 Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation
Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30am

Join us for a yoga session that is focused on relaxation and quieting the mind.  This is not a stretching class , instead props such as bolsters and blankets are used to support the body. This allows the breath to move freely, encouraging the muscles to relax, and the mind to quiet. Within a short time, this practice encourages you to become submerged in a deeply relaxed state and drop into the silent space within.  No previous experience is necessary. Dress comfortably.
Yoga Relay to Support
Family Caregivers
Friday, September 20, 2019 at
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

You are invited to join us in raising support for our local caregivers by joining together in a yoga relay! What’s a Yoga Relay? We will do 100 sun salutations together – you can do them all yourself, or create a relay team and tag in and out as needed.
A caregiver is someone who provides care to another person who is elderly, ill, or disabled. Family caregivers receive little training on how to deliver complicated care. Not surprisingly, research shows that family caregivers are at increased risk for health, emotional, financial, and work-related problems. Hospice Savannah’s Edel Caregiver Institute is your community’s resource for hands-on training and support for family caregivers.

5:30 pm Doors Open | 6:00 pm Sun Salutations begin
Online silent auction to begin prior to event | 8:00 pm bidding closes
$35 per person
Can’t make it to the event, but want to donate? Follow this link: www.HospiceSavannah.org/YogaRelay
Each ticket includes 1 beer ticket & music by City Hotel
Big Bon Pizza food truck on site!

Location: Service Brewing Company
574 Indian Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Venue is 21+ ; Under 21 may sit at outdoor tables
All proceeds will be donated to Hospice Savannah’s Edel Caregiver Institute.
Last year we raised $10,000.
Let’s raise the bar again this year!
For more information, contact: Ophelia Rodriguez, Hospice Savannah Foundation, 912.629.1027
Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with more concerns or questions than before you went in?
Perhaps you felt rushed or were embarrassed, even hesitant to ask for more details?
Project Sherpa
A complimentary service of the Edel Caregiver Institute

Would you find it helpful if a doctor accompanied you and/or your care recipient to their next medical appointment to be an advocate on your behalf? Project Sherpa's retired medical professional volunteers do just that at no charge ! Your Sherpa will help ask questions and gather all the facts so that, together, you can make the best medical decisions for your, or your loved one's care.  Click here  for more information or call our office at 912-629-1331.
The Edel Caregiver Institute Caregiver & Patient Advocacy app is available for download on your iOS or Android phone!

This app offers local resources and information to help all non-professional caregivers learn how to best deal with impending or current caregiving challenges and needs. It also offers resources and helpful links for patients themselves. We are grateful to our local partners – primarily  St. Joseph’s/Candler , the  United Way of the Coastal Empire  and many other service agencies for their collaboration on this ground-breaking community resource. We know you will find it useful in your medical or caregiving journey. Download it today!

For Android users, please  visit this link to download.
For iOS users, the app will be available in the Apple Store soon. In the interim, access by opening your Safari browser to  visit this link , then just click on the icon below and “Add to Home Screen.”
While there is no charge for our classes or support groups, we gratefully accept donations.
Please contact Jill at 912-629-1331 or by e-mailing JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org with questions or concerns.

Unless otherwise noted all classes are held at the Edel Caregiver Institute located at 6000 Business Center Drive, Savannah 31405.
Visit us online at www.EdelCaregiverInstitute.org

The Edel Caregiver Institute is part of the Hospice Savannah, Inc. continuum of care.