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Aug 4, 2010

Brooklyn, NY

Research shows that caregivers often exhibit a higher level of stress hormones and an increased risk of depression. To address this issue, New York Methodist Hospital's Department of Public Affairs and HealthOutreach Program recently co-hosted with Leeza's Place at Park Slope Geriatric Day Center a Caregiver Wellness Day aimed at providing support and rejuvenation for family caregivers who spend much of their time meeting the needs of sick and disabled loved ones." Caregivers spend so much time focusing their energy on another person that they may neglect or overlook their own mental health needs, said Sarah Waxse, L.C.S.W., director of NYM's HealthOutreach Program. Event activities included interactive workshops on stress reduction and meditation, Feldenkrais (low impact moving and stretching), Qigong (breathing and posture for optimal health), and nutrition. "Caregiver Wellness Day was specifically designed to replenish and support caregivers so that they are better able to care for themselves and their loved ones, she said.

NYM's HealthOutreach Program will host a free, follow-up seminar entitled Time to Breathe: A Stress Management and Self-Nurturance Workshop for Caregivers on Sunday, June 24, July 15 and, July 29, 2007 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Hospital's Executive Dining Room. The event will focus on stress management methods and mind-body techniques including mindfulness meditation, guided imagery and breathing within a supportive group setting. For more information or to register, please call 718-677-6633.