...helping caregivers so they can better help their loved ones.
Making Sense of Caregiving
Wednesday, February 19th
Demere Center for Living

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!
Caregiving Skills 101 at Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion
Friday, February 21st

Registration begins at 10:45
This class will be held at the Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion (225 Candler Dr., Savannah) in the 2nd floor conference room .
Learn practical caregiving skills and core physical techniques of caregiving as lead by Sarah Farmer, SPT at GA Southern Armstrong campus. Learn how to safely assist between bed and wheelchair, perform personal care such as making an occupied bed, and improve mobility and comfort for your care recipient in this hands-on session.
This class is only offered quarterly so please be sure and join us!
Caregiving Skills 101 is provided due to generous funding from  Meyer & Sayers, LLP
Are you a caregiver in Richmond Hill, Pembroke, Effingham or Liberty Co.?
The Edel Caregiver Institute will now be available to meet with caregivers at the following United Way Service Center locations from 9:30am-3:30pm:

Bryan County / South : Wednesday, February 12th
9611 Ford Ave, Richmond Hill (second Wednesday monthly)

Effingham County : Thursday, February 13th
711 Zitterour Drive, Rincon (second Thursday monthly)

Liberty County : Tuesday, February 18th
301 Fairhope Lane, Hinesville (third Tuesday monthly)

Bryan County / North : Please contact Jill Costello for assistance.
40 South Industrial Blvd, Pembroke

Please contact Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or email:  JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org  for assistance or to schedule an office appointment.
Caregiver Fellowship and
On-Site Assistance
The Frank G. Murray Community Center
Wednesday, February 5th
9:30 - 11:30am

Caregivers are friends, relatives, in-laws, and spouses – anyone who provides assistance to another, in whatever capacity and whatever their relationship, with no financial benefits.
Learn and discover strength, emotional support, and a necessary sense of community with like-minded people. This group is non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances.

For more information, contact The Frank G. Murray Community Center at 912-898-3320 or Jill Costello at the Edel Caregiver Institute at 912-629-1331 or  JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org
New and exciting support group offered in the evenings for 4 weeks only !
February 17 - March 9

“Embracing Balance: Finding your Balance as a Caregiver through Creativity and Music”
The Edel Caregiver Institute would like to invite you to participate in  Embracing Balance . This is a support group for adults in a caregiving role. Attendees will participate in a variety of therapeutic approaches aimed to assist with developing community, learning balance in caring for yourself as you care for a loved one, and gaining tools for positive coping in everyday life. Group session participants will be given the opportunity for self-growth through art, music, talking, and meditation.

Dates: (4 consecutive Monday evenings):
February 17 – March 9
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Demere Center for the Living at 6000 Business Center Drive, Savannah, GA 31405  

RSVP is requested to Maddi Wiggins at: mwiggins@hospicesavannah.org
or contact the Edel Caregiver Institute at 912-629-1331
Wednesday, February 5th
11:00 - 12 noon
at the Demere Center for Living

Come experience a "listening lab" from the Golden Age of musical theatre encompassing the works of songwriting partners Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe.

Carve out an hour to be restored and delighted by Voice That Heal!
Come in comfy clothes and simply disengage from the busyness of life.
Presented at no charge, in partnership with Savannah VOICE Festival.
Please call 912-629-1055 for more information.
Alzheimer's Community Forum
Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss
Thursday, February 20th
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
St. Joseph's Hospital
2nd Floor, Meeting Rm 1 & 2
11705 Mercy Blvd, Savannah

Learn about Alzheimer’s, Dementia and memory loss. Bring a friend
who has been affected by the disease. Share your thoughts about how
we can help people in the Chatham County community, discussing the needs and gaps related to Alzheimer's, Dementia, memory loss, and aging needs. 
Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration is requested.
Call 800-272-3900 or visit alz.org/georgia to register.
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.
Caregiver support groups are made possible due to generous funding from the Oaks at Pooler.
For additional info, please contact Elizabeth at 912-629-1069.
The Demere Center for Living
at 6000 Business Center Drive

Tuesday, February 11th
(second Tuesday monthly)

Monday, February 24th
(fourth Monday monthly)
The Gardens of Savannah
Wednesday, February 19th
(third Wednesday monthly)

249 Holland Drive, Savannah
For additional info contact Nick Long at 912-925-3445.
EVENING Support Group
The Suites at Station Exchange
Wednesday, February 12th
(second Wednesday monthly)

3205 TSX Grand Central, Richmond Hill
For additional info contact Station Exchange Senior Care at 912-445-2425
The ALS Association holds their monthly support group at the Demere Center for Living in Savannah 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
Monday, February 3rd
(first Monday monthly)
Contact LeRia Hudgins at 912-927-0500 or email: LeRia.Hudgins@SavannahCommons.com for more information.
Sunabella at Savannah Memory Care
Tuesday, February 4th
 (first Tuesday monthly)
Contact Joyce Crowder-McBride at 912-925-3494 or email: Joyce.Crowder-McBride@SunabellaAtSavannah .com for more information.
Oaks at Pooler
Tuesday, February 11th
(second Tuesday monthly)
Contact Kim Keough at 912-348-2360 or email:  Kim.Keough@OaksSeniorLiving.com  for more information.
Buckingham South
Monday, February 17th
(third Monday monthly)
Contact Janet Sweeney at 912-355-5550 for more information.
Caregiver Assistance at the
Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
Monday, February 17th
(third Monday monthly)

LCRP is located at 225 Candler Drive in Savannah.
Please contact Sarah Copeland at 912-819-5167 or email: CopelandSa@sjchs.org 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
at the Edel Caregiver Institute
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.
Please contact Elizabeth Brodhead at 912-629-1069 or email: EBrodhead@HospiceSavannah.org for more information.
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

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.
A complimentary service of the Edel Caregiver Institute.
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 events are held at the Edel Caregiver Institute located at 6000 Business Center Drive, Savannah 31405.
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