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The Caregivers' Club

$8,132 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 14 months
As Producer and Director of the Caregivers' Club, a feature documentary about family dementia caregiving, I spent eight months researching and looking for participants.  During that time, I met, visited and interviewed many at-home dementia caregivers who were in the state of crisis.  They were exhausted and overwhelmed with the number of responsibilities and the inability to have any time for their own care.  In one house, a male spouse even asked ‘could you just take my wife to the bathroom for me this time.’  Dementia caregiving burns out family members.  There’s just no way around it right now.  Extra, private care is too expensive for most people so they hang on until they can’t hang on anymore.  There is an incredible need to provide extra help in homes.  The system provides some assistance but it is randomly scheduled and of course, there is not enough to go around.  
This fundraising effort will allow us to explore, develop and implement a unique Caregivers' Club Family Relief Fund (working title).  We want to figure out a way to support caregivers existing in the most physically and financially challenging situations so they may hire private help at their convenience. This will allow caregivers to do something for themselves – whether it’s catch up on sleep, go to the gym, take a walk or sing in the church choir. These hours of respite can make or break a caregivers’ journey. This fundraising effort will also support the development of community engagement and awareness raising initiatives using the film. We want The Caregivers' Club to be used in a variety of settings as a professional development, advocacy, support group and community discussion tool.





You can learn more about my story at, 

http://www.cbc.ca/cbcdocspov/blog/my-mom-spent-a-long-thankless-decade-as-my-dads-caregiver 

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/12/30/local-caregiver-shares-her-story-in-cbc-doc

https://www.durhamregion.com/whatson-story/7991816-ajax-resident-s-documentary-changed-course/
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The first recipient of 100 hours of respite care donated by the wonderfull Jennifer Boivin from Elizz Montreal, on behalf of the Caregivers' Club is Filamer Frei! Filamer's husband was diagnosed with early Alzheimer's six years ago and is very physically fit so he is a handful because he wanders. Filamer has had two hip replacements and a knee replacement and suffers from osteoarthritis throughout her body. The winters are particularly hard because she is scared to go outside with him in case she falls. She writes: "Thank You all to the organizers , participants, personnel of the Caregivers club & the organizations that made it possible ! Special thanks to Cynthia Banks & Jennifer Boivin for your effort in meeting me @ my own turf !!!! The respite hrs will come handy during winter time ! God Bless You all !!"
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Thank you Sheila Wharton for your $20 donation and especially for your message "don't give up Cindy!" It's a much needed 'cheer' for a long process to secure a supporting partner for a tour of the feature length film of the Caregivers' Club in order to hand out the respite awards for the Family Relief Fund. Cheers and onward!
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It is with great sadness that the Caregivers' Club announces the passing of Sheldon Abramovitch. His wife Susan was his caregiver for six years and was featured in our documentary. Although death is the end result of this disease, it came suddenly to Sheldon. My deepest sympathies to Susan, Marcus, Aviva and Rochelle. Thank you for sharing your husband, your dad and some of your family memories. Thank you too, to everyone who is donating to our fund on behalf of Sheldon. This is amazing. We are meeting shortly with a potential partner to take on this fund as an official charity. We are excited and working hard to bring relief to some dementia caregivers. RIP my friend.
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Dear Supporters and Friends,
We have formed an AdHoc Committee for the Family Relief Fund Initiative (including some of the documentary participants seen in the trailer below) and we are taking a plan to a number of Dementia/Healthcare Foundations and Companies for partnership so that we may turn this into a sustainable, charitable organization. If you know of any organizations who might be interested please let me know. In the meantime, stay tuned for the launch of our website! Thanks for sharing. Yours in service, Cynthia
The Caregivers' Club Trailer
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