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> Caregiver Support Groups

Support groups are offered for caregivers to meet others in the same situation, learn from each other and develop a mutual support system. These open groups are free and all are welcome. Respite is available for the Saturday group.

You can also view the times, location and Zoom links by viewing our Event Calendar and click on the support group you would like to join!

1st Wednesday of every month

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  //  Virtual via Zoom

Facilitator: Joe Hunziker

Joe has worked in adult day health and a senior services leadership for 34 years, until his recent retirement.  Joe’s father began his cognitive impairment journey at age 54, when Joe was 11 years old, and this personal experience inspired his professional career working with aging adults and memory loss individuals and their families. Since Joe’s retirement, his volunteering continues his commitment to assist those impacted by Alzheimer's disease.  

 

2nd Saturday of every month

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  // In-person at the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness

Facilitator: Felicity Britton

Felicity has a BA in Communications and has professional experiences in communications, marketing and non-profit leadership. Felicity was the primary caregiver for her husband, who was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, until late 2018. Felicity is now facilitating the support group that provided her with resources and compassion on her own journey.

3rd Thursday of every month

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.   //  Virtual via Zoom

Facilitator: Cheryl Nickelson

Cheryl Nickelson, LGSW provides individual and group client consultations, and serves as Engagement Coordinator for the Center. She has been facilitating support groups and supporting caregivers and seniors since 2019. Prior to her role at the Center, Cheryl provided direct care supportive services to children and families in a social work setting for over 10 years.

 

4th Wednesday of every month

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  //  In-person at the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness

Facilitator: Joe Hunziker

Joe has worked in adult day health and a senior services leadership for 34 years, until his recent retirement.  Joe’s father began his cognitive impairment journey at age 54, when Joe was 11 years old, and this personal experience inspired his professional career working with aging adults and memory loss individuals and their families. Since Joe’s retirement, his volunteering continues his commitment to assist those impacted by Alzheimer's disease.

To view the times, location and Zoom links, view our Event Calendar and click on the support group you would like to join!

> Caregiver Consultation 

Center staff are trained to provide support to you as a caregiver and help you find and access resources. Learn more >

> Memory Companions & Friendly Visitors

Memory Companions provide safe and nurturing support for people with memory loss while their caregivers take a break. Memory companions are trained to work with people with memory loss, visit with the care receiver, and provide meaningful activities geared to their stage in memory loss. 

Friendly Visitor volunteers provide friendship to seniors and respite to caregivers. Activities can include music, games,  conversations, crafts, and more. Learn more >

 

> Group Respite

Group respite activities are available for our Second Saturday Caregiver Education Sessions and our Saturday Support Group.

Caregiver Education and Workshops:

> Second Saturday Caregiver Education

Our Second Saturday Caregiver Education Sessions are specifically designed to cover caregiver topics and concerns. View our Events page for upcoming Saturday class topics. 

> Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based program that we offer several times a year. It provides caregivers with a wealth of self-care tools to help take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. Participants learn to communicate their needs to family members and healthcare/service providers; identify and reduce stress; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions; deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions.

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH)

REACH is an evidence-based program that covers a variety of issues from care receiver behavior to caregiver burnout for those caring for an individual with Alzheimer's or related dementia's. One-on-one support is provided along with customized material to fit each situation.