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To ensure the health and safety of those we serve, many programs are being offered online and by phone – including support groups, community education and family care consultations. Some programs are also being offered in person.

Due to changes in COVID-19 case rates in our communities, we have lifted our organizational mask requirement. We continue to follow and monitor all state and CDC guidelines.
 
*Please be sure to check the delivery method for any programs of interest.

 

Education
 

When you register for a virtual education program, you will receive a link to attend. For in person education, pre-registration is preferred but not required.

JULY

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors
July 11​, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 14, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
July 21, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Effective Communication Strategies
July 14, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
July 27, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 28, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
July 28, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Best Practices in Dementia Care
July 12​, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Healthy Living for the Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
July 12, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
July 19, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dementia Conversations
June 30​, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
July 25, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

View more upcoming programs in the area.
 

Support Groups

 

We offer general dementia caregiver, specialty caregiver, and persons living with dementia support groups. Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment and offer a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. They also educate and inform participants about dementia and help participants develop coping methods and skills to solve problems.

Person with dementia support groups are specifically designed for individuals that have recently been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, or any type of dementia, and are in the early stage of the disease.

General dementia caregiver support groups are designed for individuals who have cared for or are caring for a person with any type of dementia.

Specialty caregiver support groups may be for Young Adults, Adult Children, caregivers impacted by Younger Onset Dementia, and caregivers who have recently lost someone to dementia. See below to find a group that best meets your needs.  

To join the group call the support group facilitator or email and learn more.

*Due to COVID-19, all Alzheimer’s Association programs and services delivered in person will require each participant to wear a mask and social distance.  

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Find a General Dementia Caregiver Support Groups
Find a Specialty Caregiver Support Groups



JULY



Person with Dementia Support Groups
These groups are specifically designed for individuals that have recently been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, or any type of dementia, and are in the early stage of the disease. 

​​Call or email the Support Group facilitator to learn more.

In-Person, Person With Dementia Support Groups

2nd WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month)
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Helpline | 1.800.272.3900 | Burnsville, MN

2nd FRIDAY (Recurring each month)
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Helpline | 1.800.272.3900 | Wayzata, MN

Virtual Person With Dementia Support Groups


2nd THURSDAY (Recurring each month)
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Helpline | 1.800.272.3900 | Virtual

3rd TUESDAY (Recurring each month)
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Helpline | 1.800.272.3900 | Virtual



General Dementia Caregiver Support Groups

General dementia caregiver support groups are designed for individuals who have cared for or are caring for a person with any type of dementia.

Call or email the Support Group facilitator to learn more.

In-Person General Dementia Caregiver Support Groups

1ST MONDAY (Recurring each month)
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Marlene Schultz | 507.896.2080 | Houston, MN

1ST TUESDAY (Recurring each month)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
MaryAnne Higgins / Tracy Green | 507.363.6912 / Tug55060@gmail.com | Owatonna, MN

1ST WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Joy Oleson / Kathy Besst | 612.242.3268 / 763.205.2248 | Andover, MN

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Amanda Mithun/Lonna Dille | 218.894.8067 / 218.894.8851 | Staples, MN

12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Mike Eisenbraun | 218.927.1383 | Aitkin, MN

1ST THURSDAY (Recurring each month) 
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lynne Hemann | 507.254.2979 | Rochester, MN

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Georgia Klotz | 952.848.5889-gklotz@parkshorecampus.com | St. Louis Park, MN

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Deb Stock | 612.940.4468 | Maple Grove, MN

1ST SATURDAY (Recurring each month)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Robin Birkemose | 952.484.6469 | Lakeville, MN

2nd TUESDAY
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mimi Stender, Jane Dolter | mstender@duluthagingsupport.org, janedolter@msn.com | Duluth, MN

2nd WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month) 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Deb Stock | 612.940.4468 | Maple Grove, MN

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Jane Dotler / Mimi Stender | janedolter@msn.com / mstender@duluthagingsupport.org | Duluth, MN

2nd SATURDAY (Recurring each month)
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Becky Zinn-CaulfieldBecky Zinn-Caulfield | 952.977.9363 | Edina, MN

3rd MONDAY (Recurring each month) 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Gerene Johnson | 218.310.6807 | Moose Lake, MN

3rd TUESDAY (Recurring each month) 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lisa Crosby / Bob Bye | lisakucharcrosby@icloud.com/ rlbye@hotmail.com | Devil's Lake, ND

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Hala Randall/Erika Takahashi | 612.746.4714 / 952.995.1016 | Bloomington, MN

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Deb Snouffer | 612.396.2294 | Minneapolis, MN

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. MST
Tessa Johnson | 701.260.8533, tjohnson@countryhouse.net | Dickinson, ND

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Stephanie Aasness | 320.766.1856 | Alexandria, MN

3rd WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month) 
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Cindy Winandy/Julie Doll | 608.577.3874/763.438.5131 | Ham Lake, MN

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Annette Peterson | 651.699.7514 | Woodbury, MN

3rd THURSDAY (Recurring each month) 
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Cindy Engelkes / Ginny Walker | cengelkes@calvary.org / 763.424.5021 | Golden Valley, MN

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Nancy Donahue/Jennifer Yocum | 507.433.8376/507.433.3462 | Austin, MN

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jayme Womeldorf | 507.888.9700 | Rochester, MN

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Lynne Hemann / Neha Atulkumar Singh | 507.254.2979/neha.atulkumarsingh@gmail.com | Rochester, MN

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association Helpline | 1.800.272.3900 | Fargo, ND

4th MONDAY (Recurring each month)

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Kent O'Grady | kent.ogrady@gmail.com/612.868.7260 | Baxter, MN

4th TUESDAY (Recurring each month)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mary Andrews / Lynne Johnson | 218.262.1677 / 218.244.2180 | Hibbing, MN

4th THURSDAY (Recurring each month)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Becky Clifford / Ginny Walker | 612.670.0296 / ginnywalker13@yahoo.com | Golden Valley, MN

LAST WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tara Geigle | 615.294.3320 | Bismarck, ND

LAST THURSDAY (Recurring each month)
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Joy Oleson / Kathy Besst | 612.242.3268 / 763.205.2248 | Elk River, MN

Virtual General Dementia Caregiver Support Groups

 

1st TUESDAY (Recurring each month)
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Carol Ashwood | 952.935.8143 | Hopkins, MN

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Karen Gallagher | 952.993.6506 | St. Louis Park, MN

1st THURSDAY (Recurring each month)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Amy House | 651.746.5611 | New Brighton, MN

3rd MONDAY (Recurring each month) 
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Amy House | 651.746.5611 | New Brighton, MN

3rd TUESDAY (Recurring each month)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Violet Schroeder | 952.435.4026 | Lakeville, MN

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Anna DeCorsey & Rachel Zigler | 651.216.7555 & 763.370.7202 | Woodbury, MN

3rd WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month)
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Becky Zinn-Caulfield | 952.977.9363 | Edina, MN

3rd THURSDAY (Recurring each month)
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Carol Kubiski | cjkubiski@msn.com | Hermantown, MN

3rd SATURDAY (Recurring each month)
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Robin Birkemose | 952.484.6469 | Lakeville, MN

4th MONDAY (Recurring each month)
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lee Ann Eiden / Sara Roberts | 952.934.3370 / s.roberts@seniorcommunity.org | Chanhassen, MN

4th TUESDAY (Recurring each month)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Amanda Gruber | 507.664.8858 | Northfield, MN

4th WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Luke Gietzen | 701.200.1805

4th THURSDAY (Recurring each month)
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cindy Engelkes / Ginny Walker | cengelkes@calvary.org / 763.424.5021 | Golden Valley, MN

Specialty Caregiver Support Groups

Specialty Caregiver Support Groups may be for Young Adults, Adult Children, caregivers impacted by Younger Onset Dementia, and caregivers who have recently lost someone to dementia. See below to find a group that best meets your needs.

Call or email the Support Group facilitator to learn more.

Younger-Onset Caregivers

This group is specifically designed for caregivers who are supporting someone diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia.
 

2nd SATURDAY (Recurring each month)
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Luke Gietzen / Abby Teply | 701.200.1805 / 952.686.4829 | Virtual

Dementia Health Care Employee

This support group is designed for health care employees who are personally caring for someone with dementia. Personally supporting someone with dementia can look very different than professionally caring for someone with dementia. You may intuitively know what dementia is and how to respond, but the relationship dynamics sometimes influence the interactions with someone with dementia differently than in a professional role. This support group will encourage members to share information, give and receive mutual support, and exchange coping skills with one another. Support group members can share practical suggestions for caring based on their personal caregiving experiences. Caring for an individual with dementia requires different techniques than those needed to care for someone who is not cognitively impaired which makes this group unique. Experienced care partners have found that some methods of providing care, ideas that may not be found in books or articles, can make caregiving easier. Sharing those ideas in a support group can prevent care partners from having to “re-invent the wheel."

3rd WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month)
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Anushka Shiell | 651.241.8297 | Virtual

Adult Children Caregivers

This group is specifically designed for Adult Children who have cared for or are caring for their parent(s) who currently have any type of dementia.
 

3rd WEDNESDAY (Recurring each month)
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Therese Buckley | 952.977.9357 | Virtual

Moving Forward - Life After Dementia Caregiving (For Partners)

This group is designed for spouses who have recently lost their partner due to Alzheimer’s and all other types of dementia. Although grief and loss are discussed at this group, this is not a typical grief group. The group focuses on building connections with others who understand the unique challenges of losing a spouse due to dementia and moving forward, life after dementia caregiving.
 

2nd & 4th Tuesday (Recurring each month)
9:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.
Jenna Pogorels | 218.722.4335 / jpogorels@alz.org | Virtual


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