“Caregivers Day Off” on May 7 Offers Self-Care & Support to Metro Detroit Caregivers…

“Caregivers Day Off” on May 7 Offers Self-Care & Support to Metro Detroit Caregivers…

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“Caregivers Day Off” on May 7 Offers Self-Care and Support to Metro Detroit Caregivers While Loved Ones Living with Dementia Receive Respite Care  

Free event presented by the Brown Program in West Bloomfield;

registration required, and space is limited.

Metro Detroiters who care for loved ones living with dementia can enjoy a day of massage, yoga, art, delicious food, professional advice and more on Sun. May 7, while the person they normally tend to will receive expert care at the The Dorothy and Peter Brown Jewish Community Adult Day Program in West Bloomfield.

The Brown Program is a joint initiative of Gesher Human Services and Jewish Senior Life

and provides innovative and engaging activities and care for those living with dementia along with support for their families. The event for caregivers is being held at Soul Café (5586 Drake Rd, West Bloomfield) from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Brown Program (6720 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield) is located just one mile away, allowing for loved ones to be dropped off at 10 a.m. before the program starts.

There is no cost to participate but space is limited to around 30 people and registration is required. To register call Wendy Bolton at 248.592.5032 by April 27. For images of the Brown Program in action click here. 

“Caregivers are often so focused on the well-being of their loved ones that their own emotional and physical needs get ignored,” said Director of the Brown Program Debi Banooni. “We want to give them an opportunity to feel part of a wider community of caregivers, the chance to socialize with people who are in a similar situation, and to take a moment for themselves as individuals.”

Along with the important self-care portion of the program,

participants will have the opportunity to take part in education sessions, learn tips and techniques for caring for their relative or friend, and hear about resources available to them. “Caregivers often feel overwhelmed and isolated, so we want to do everything we can to offer assistance and support as well as providing a day of relaxation and fun,” explained Banooni.

Caregivers Day Off 2023 marks the first time that the event has been held since the pandemic began. Prior to COVID-19, the event had been held three times and was very popular. The event is sponsored by the Dee dee and Michael Perlman Caregivers Fund. As space is limited, caregivers are encouraged to register early.


About Gesher Human Services

Gesher Human Services is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people across metro Detroit lead more stable and fulfilling lives through career mobility, behavioral health programs and residential services that support our community by strengthening the individual.

Uniting two of metro Detroit’s most influential Jewish human services agencies, JVS Human Services and Kadima, Gesher brings over 110 years of combined experience facilitating equitable employment opportunities and better mental health outcomes for residents.

With a network of more than 400 employees and volunteers across 25 locations in southeast Michigan, Gesher delivers a continuum of services and support that directly impacts the lives of over 9,000 individuals and families annually. More information at www.geshermi.org.


About Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit

Jewish Senior Life is far more than a place to live. It’s six beautiful residences in two vibrant communities in southeast Michigan where bonds of friendship are built or renewed, and passions are pursued. It’s where residents actively engage with one another and, as a result, remain active in mind, body, and spirit.

And it’s where creative programs and services extend spiritual, social, and cultural values of the Jewish tradition to residents, families, and community members. JSL is a place where older adults can embrace life and community in a secure and supportive environment. For more information go to jslmi.org


Cynthia Tait

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