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Caregiver Support Group

Project Dana’s CGSG program is unique in its concept by offering three different types of caregiver training/support group sessions along with individual counseling support to caregivers.

The goal of the program is to help alleviate the stress that come with continuous caregiving responsibilities. Caregivers must be providing care to someone who is 60 years old or older living at home.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, caregiver support group meetings are being held virtually online through ZOOM.

Honolulu Location: Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, 1727 Pali Highway Honolulu, HI 96813

Meeting Dates: Every Second and Third Wednesdays Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Waipahu Location: Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 94-821 Kuhaulua Street Waipahu, HI 96797

Meeting Dates: Every Second Saturday Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

If you are interested in attending a support group or need more information, please contact Maria Morales at (808) 945-3736 or email

Education Sessions. Speakers from various professions and organizations are invited to present on topics related to caregiving. Education sessions on various topics enable caregivers to better understand their loved ones and how to effectively care for them, while also learning to care for themselves. It helps in increasing caregiver knowledge on and connection to different community resources available for assistance. A continental breakfast and a light lunch are offered on days when we have education sessions.

Rap Sessions.  During these sessions, caregivers are given the opportunity to “talk story.” Joys and benefits of being a caregiver are often expressed along with frustrations and concerns. Caregivers also have the opportunity to explore potential solutions shared among other caregivers.  On days when rap sessions are scheduled, participants are asked to bring a dish to share in the potluck luncheon.

Outing Sessions. Once every three months, the caregivers in this support group are treated to a time of fun and relaxation to nurture the mind, body, and spirit with healthy socialization, discovering new places, and/or engaging in activities outside the realms of everyday caregiving. In some cases, a partial/entire cost for the outing may be contributed. The participants will be notified in advance of the planned event the date, time, and cost of the outing.

One-on-one counseling. There are times where an individual can feel lonely being in a group. For caregivers who need additional assistance, one-on-one counseling may be arranged to provide a sympathetic ear and guidance, and to address their individual stresses and needs.

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