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> Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups are offered for caregivers to meet others in a similar 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.
4th 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.
> Memory Companions & Friendly Visitors
Caregiver Education and Workshops:
> Second Saturday Caregiver Program
> Powerful Tools for Caregivers
An evidence-based program offered several times a year that provides caregivers with 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 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.