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This in-person, 4-week structured support group is for family care partners of people living with dementia in the mid-to-late stages. We will explore the concept of ambiguous loss, develop coping strategies, and gain understanding of feelings of grief when caring for a spouse, parent or sibling living with dementia. 
This group offers the opportunity to:
  • Learn about ambiguous loss, and ambiguous loss in the context of dementia, and how this unique type of loss differs from other losses
  • Develop strategies to continue to engage the person with dementia despite your losses, despite your grief
  • Engage in self reflection
  • Learn how others are adjusting to their own changing relationships

This group is inspired by Pauline Boss’s book “Loving Someone With Dementia“. 

Week 1: Introduction and defining ambiguous loss
Week 2: Your community and psychological family; family roles and family rituals
Week 3: Finding meaning; tempering mastery; reconstructing identity
Week 4: Becoming comfortable with ambiguity; redefining attachment and discovering hope

This is an in-person support group.

For the safety of participants and our staff everyone will be required to follow our COVID safety measures:

  • Maximum group size is 12 (10 participants and 2 staff)
  • If you have symptoms please stay home, please contact Marina at (416) 697-3243 or by email at mmachado@alz.to to let us know that you can’t make it
  • Staff and participants are required to wear a mask at all times in our offices and during the group 
If you have any questions about the group, please email the facilitator, Marina Machado, Social Worker at Alzheimer Society Toronto (mmachado@alz.to). 
Registration for this group closes on January 11, 2022. 

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