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Holmstad in Batavia launches Alzheimer's group for newly diagnosed

BATAVIA – As part of The Holmstad’s ongoing support for families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the retirement community in Batavia has launched a free support group specifically for those newly diagnosed with the disease.

Letters to Myself will meet at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month in the Town Center classroom at The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway.

It provides people who have been newly diagnosed with a safe, private place where they can share their thoughts and discuss challenges with others who have the disease, according to a news release. Loved ones or caregivers who provide transportation will be directed to a waiting area with refreshments.

Rachel Lazich of CovenantCare at Home will facilitate the group, and registration is not required. For more information, call Brenda Lowden, a registered nurse, at 630-879-4034 or email her at BJLowden@covenantretirement.org.

In addition to Letters to Myself, The Holmstad offers The Holmstad Helping Hearts, a free memory loss support group for caregivers, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the Town Center classroom. Registration is not required to attend the support group, but one must reserve a spot for a loved one requiring care by contacting Lowden. The care is provided free of charge. Information about The Holmstad may be found at theholmstad.org.

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