Cape Cod A.W.A.K.E. is a non-profit support group for those with sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders. A.W.A.K.E. is an acronym for “Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic”. The A.W.A.K.E. support group is part of the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), whose mission statement is as follows:
The American Sleep Apnea Association is dedicated to reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea and to enhancing the well being of those affected by this common disorder. The ASAA promotes education and awareness, the ASAA A.W.A.K.E. Network of voluntary mutual support groups, research, and continuous improvement of care.
We are dedicated to educating patients, family members, friends, and the community about sleep apnea.
The meetings are open to all who think they may have sleep apnea and have always wondered what the procedure is for getting diagnosed, what the process is for getting a sleep study, and what treatments are available.
Our meetings are attended by representatives from local sleep labs, Durable Medical Equipment providers, and manufacturers. The suppliers are there strictly for informational purposes. No products are sold at the meetings.
Michael and Deirdre Leyden are the coordinators of this support group. Michael has had sleep apnea for many years, and has found relief by using a CPAP machine. Together the Leydens schedule the meetings, speakers, and encourage patients to attend. They were the subject of an indepth interview in the December 2008 issue of Primetime Magazine.
Patients are encouraged to bring their equipment as respiratory therapists are in attendance to check calibrations, mask fittings, and answer technical questions to help patients be compliant and get the best results.
American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) www.sleepapnea.org
ASAA online forum http://apneasupport.org
Cape Cod A.W.A.K.E.
Meets: 6 - 8 p.m. every other month at the Yarmouth Senior Center
528 Forest Road, South Yarmouth
Schedule for first half of 2009: Jan. 7; March 4; May 6
Our next meeting will be March 4, 2009 at the Yarmouth Senior Center, 528 Forest Road, South Yarmouth from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. For further information contact us
For further information on sleep apnea and other sleep disorders go to www.sleepapnea.org