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Second Saturday for Caregivers

Education & Support. Respite & Peace. Every Month.

Join us for our free Second Saturday program of every month which includes a 90 minute education session beginning at 9:00 am and a support group meeting directly afterwards at 10:30 am. Come for one or both sessions. The morning program provides powerful tools and coping skills for you the caregiver and respite is available each month for your loved one from 9 am - 12pm with advanced registration.

The Center is located inside Normandale Lutheran Church at 6100 Normandale Rd. Please enter through the northeast entrance of the church. A map with directions is below.

Explore our 2023 Topics:

January 14

Health Care Fraud - Preventing Medicare Fraud & Avoiding Scams

In this workshop, participants will learn how to detect Medicare Fraud, and what actions to take if Medicare Fraud is suspected. Participants will be presented with and discuss the top scams currently being directed towards older adults, and highlight why they might be targeted, strategies to protect oneself and how to report suspected incidences. There will be time for discussion and questions. Presented by Trellis

February 11

Dementia Conversations: Driving, Doctor Visits, Legal and Financial

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. Learn tips for breaking the ice with family so you can address difficult topics like going to the doctor for a diagnosis, deciding when to stop driving, and more. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association

March 11

A Partner’s Story of Living and Loving Through Dementia

Are you experiencing the loss and grief of a loved ones' diagnosis of dementia or other progressive illness? Hear author Myrna Marofsky speak about her own journey of devotion to her husband, her struggle for her own identity, and how the two paths carried them to a last dance days before he died. A 4-week book club will lead up to this speaking engagement. Presented by Myrna Marofsky, author of A Partner’s Story of Living and Loving Through Dementia.

April 8

Health Care Directives

Leaving instructions about ones health care choices helps ensure decisions are made that are based on an individual’s values and preferences, even if they are unable to make their wishes known. Equip yourself with the knowledge and resources needed to create a directive that reflects your wishes and values. Presented by Trellis

May 13

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Practicing mindfulness can broaden our perspective and help mitigate negative impacts of the stress response. You will be guided through an experiential mindfulness meditation and leave the session with practical tips for enhancing mindfulness and resilience in your daily lives. Presented by Marianne Johnson, University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Instructor

June 10

Managing Money: A Caregiver's Guide to Finances

For those caring for a family member facing chronic illness, the role of managing finances can come on suddenly and unexpectedly, often without any prior introduction to what critical ongoing expenses there are, how their loved one managed their finances, where they are or who is managing them. Experts will share tips for what to know in the role of managing someone else's finances, how to prepare for future care costs. and the benefits
of early planning. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association

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