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Caring for the Caregiver Support Group (CGSG)
Project Dana’s CGSG program is unique in its concept because it is the only
support group that provides 3 consecutive meetings every month during the course
of 1 year. Our program offers 3 different components in the form of education,
rap session and an outing to help alleviate the stress that may come with
continuous caregiving responsibilities to someone providing care to someone who
is 60+ years of age. Meetings are usually held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Wednesdays of each month from 9:00 am -1:00 pm (unless otherwise specified) at
the Honpa Hongwanji Betsuin (1727 Pali Highway) in the Social Hall located
downstairs of the main temple structure. Parking is available in the front of or
at the back of the main temple.
Request that all participants arrive on time.
Educating the caregiver is of prime importance. During the Education Session,
speakers from different agencies and organizations within/outside the community,
present topics on health, safety, and understanding of the various issues
related to the aging process, and how these can impact your care recipient and
you, the caregiver. A continental breakfast and a light lunch are offered during
The second component is referred to as the Rap Session. Here, the
participants are given the opportunity to “talk story”. Joy and frustrations, as
well as issues and concerns are often expressed in reference to the daily
experiential experience of caring for a loved one and with this, the exploration
of potential solutions are shared among the caregivers. Participants are
asked to bring a dish to share in the potluck luncheon.
Finally, planned outings are offered to provide the caregiver ”free time” to
engage in total relaxation – breathing and nurturing the mind, spirit and body
with healthy socialization, discovering new places, and/or reacquainting oneself
with sources outside the realms of everyday caregiving. In some cases, a
partial/entire cost for the outing may be collected. The participants will be
notified in advance of the planned event, the date, time and if there is any
shared cost factor that will be assessed for the outing.
Project Dana relies on a grant through the Older Americans Act of 1965, Title
III E Funds, administered by the Hawaii State Executive Office on Aging through
the Elderly Affairs Division, City and County of Honolulu. Monetary donations
and other contributions are greatly appreciated to maintain the quality of the
In 2008 CGSG program received the Outstanding Support Group award by the Hawaii
Caregivers Coalition and KHON2 Elderhood Project.