Birches Assisted Living Offers Programs to Support Caregivers

This fall, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. is hosting a three-part dementia education series for caregivers and a caregiver support group.

Clarendon Hills, IL, September 26, 2016 --( More than 65 million people in the U.S. care for an ill, disabled or aging loved one— and it’s not an easy task. To support the many caregivers in the suburban Chicagoland community, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. provides educational programs and resources that take the stress and confusion out of caregiving.

On Tuesday, September 27, The Birches kicks off its three-part dementia education series for caregivers with a presentation titled “A Discussion of Advance Directives- What Families Need to Know.” The presentation will be led by Dr. Ahmed Nazimuddin, The Birches’ visiting physician from Midwest Geriatrics, and Rachael Telleen, a member of the Practitioner’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) executive team. Nazimuddin and Telleen will talk in detail about advance directives, which are legal documents that express an individual’s wishes about end-of-life care.

The second presentation in the series, “IMPROVe Dementia Communication through Improv,” will take place on Wednesday, October 19. Presenters Tami Neumann and Catherine Braxton from Silver Dawn Training Institute will teach caregivers how to use the rules of improv comedy to improve communication between themselves and their loved one with dementia.

The dementia education series will conclude on Wednesday, November 9 with a presentation from The Birches’ Director of Encore and Dementia Care Services and licensed clinical social worker Katie Schaff Fagan. Schaff Fagan’s presentation titled “Managing Caregiver Stress” will provide solutions to the common challenges of taking care of a loved one with dementia. Schaff Fagan will also teach caregivers how to take better care of themselves and share simple techniques for everyday relaxation.

All three presentations in the series are free and open to the public. They begin at 7 p.m. in The Birches Main Dining Room, and registration is required. To register, contact Katie Schaff Fagan at 630-581-7350 or

In addition, on Tuesday, October 11, The Birches will host its monthly Daughterhood support group. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month and talks about the challenges of caring for an aging parent. Daughterhood is designed to give caregivers an outlet to share their experiences and receive support from other caregivers who understand what they are going through. If you’d like to participate in Daughterhood please contact Katie Klitchman at (630) 789-1135 or

The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. offers professional services to support the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth of the older adults who make it their home. The Birches offers purposeful programming and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit:
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Jenny Smiechowski