Community Support Group | The Gateway Family YMCA

Community Support Groups

YMCA support groups offer hope and provide a place for genuine relationships. Our groups, workshops, and seminars are based on research and Christian principles. Find help in navigating some of the most challenging and joyful aspects of life.

WISE Community Support Groups are facilitated in coordination with Alzheimer’s New Jersey. These meetings help caregivers of older adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia, cognitive impairments, and/or other functional challenges build a support network that addresses the unique impacts of caregiving. This includes personal care techniques, stress reduction, medication management, communication techniques, fall prevention, home safety, lifestyle changes, financial strains, and anticipated losses.

Alzheimer’s NJ Caregiver Support Group

  • Monthly meetings with convenient early evening schedule
  • Care provided to your loved one by WISE Center staff facilitated by WISE Center social workers
  • Ongoing mutual support model
  • Open to the community

Bereavement Support Group

  • Monthly meetings with convenient early evening schedule
  • Facilitated by WISE Center social workers
  • Mutual support for those anticipating or experiencing loss and grief
  • Open to the community

Virtual “FamJams” Support Group

  • Professionally-facilitated general support group for caregivers & family
  • Weekly virtual meetings with activities or events
  • A great opportunity for sharing and support among others who understand exactly how you feel
  • Open to the community

Caregiver Education & Wellness

  • Presentations by speakers with expertise and experience in issues of aging and disabilities
  • Healthy living topics such as nutrition, stress reduction and integrative medicine
  • Active Older Adult Wellness Classes such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Aquatics, Circuit, and Zumba
  • Caregiving topics including community resources, financial/legal concerns, end-of-life issues, body mechanics and managing challenging behaviors
  • Speakers available for community groups
  • Telephone and email support, including information for individual and professional caregivers in the community

Upcoming Dates may be available on our Events Calendar.  For Additional Information, please Contact Us

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