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10-0313-SicknessHeal.. - Sheridan Senior Center

10-0313-SicknessHeal.. - Sheridan Senior Center

10-0313-SicknessHeal.. - Sheridan Senior

“I married for better or for worse. We each have our own unique problems, butwith the group we’re not alone.”— Johnny KuncheffIn sickness and in healthermitMany consider wives to be the caregivers, but in John Dewey’s case the role is reversed. Dewey was seen in the Day Break room of theSheridan Senior Center on Monday holding the hand of his wife, Betty. Dewey and others are part of the Family Caregivers SupportGroup at the center.• Local men find friendship, help in support groupBy Janet Donohopeople@thesheridanpress.comGuy Fowler of Big Horn pausesin front of a large framed collage atthe Sheridan Senior Center.Family photos and portraits of alovely woman with a big smile dotthe creation.Written words chronicle the lifeof a woman who won field day races,was a beautiful bride, fished with herchildren, cooked and collectedrecipes, and was a seamstress and aselfless mother and grandmother.At the bottom are words from adaughter. They read, “I wish you hadknown my mother before a terribledisease stole her away and left me nochance to say goodbye.”The woman in the photos isShirley Fowler.Early-onset Alzheimer’s is the terribledisease.On Monday, Mr. Fowler joinedtwo other men who attend the FamilyCaregiver servicesThe Family Caregiver Program at the Sheridan Senior Center providesthe following services:• Information, education and referrals — education, training servicesand programs for caregivers and care recipients.• Assistance with medical equipment through the “Loan Closet”including wheelchairs, various types of walkers, transfer benches,shower chairs and other assistive devices. Supplies, equipment andhome modifications available on a cost-sharing basis.• Lending library with books, videos and other resource materials.• Respite Care — Certified Nursing Assistants can provide breaksfor caregivers in their home.• Counseling and support — two caregiver support groups weekly.• Grandparents Raising Grandchildren — resources for grandparentsover age 60 raising grandchildren under 18 years of age.• Day Break Elder Care Service and in-home services, tailored toindividual needs.• Meal and transportation programs.For more information, call Family Caregiver Director StellaMontano at 674-9866 or visit www.sheridanseniorcenter.org.Caregiver’s Support Group at theSheridan Senior Center.When we envision the caregiverof a seriously ill family member weusually conjure up the image of awoman. But a growing number ofThe Sheridan Press/Stan Woinoskimen are providing care for a familymember. The National Alliance forCaregiving and the Alzheimer’sAssociation estimate that today, menmake up nearly 40 percent of familycaregivers, up from 19 percent in1996.Joining Fowler were JohnnyKuncheff of Sheridan, whose wife of52 years, Irene, died of Alzheimer’son Feb. 19.Third was John C. Dewey, whocares for his wife, Betty, sufferingfrom Parkinson’s disease and its complications.All have been caregivers for theirwives as diseases stripped the womenof their memories. And each soughtsupport and services through theCaregiver’s Support Group at thecenter.Family Caregiver Director StellaMontano, herself a caregiver, facilitatesthe group, which meets twiceeach Monday.Please see Group, Page 2

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