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Caregiver & Alzheimer's Support

Spouses, children, and other family members in caregiver relationships with those living with Alzheimer's and Dementia are invited to join this support group. The support needs of family members caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s is important to our community. Caring for loved ones as their lives meet new challenges of disease is a holy journey. Sharing this experience with others and finding encouragement along the way is life-giving for our care givers. Questions? Contact Mary Cordell at mary@normandalecenter.org or 952.977.9363.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Second Saturday of Every Month  |  10:30 am – 12 Noon | Zoom
Second & Fourth Tuesday of Every Month |  12:30 – 2:00 pm | Zoom
Third Wednesday of Every Month |  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Zoom

To avoid spreading the coronavirus to vulnerable groups, public officials around the country have asked us all to practice social distancing. Offices are being closed and social connections reduced - this is increasing the strain on caregivers. Therefore, the Center for Healing & Wholeness has decided to move our regularly scheduled support groups to online platforms.

Click here to join the regularly scheduled support groups at the designated time>

In addition, the Center for Healing and Wholeness will be offering a series of bi-weekly drop-in support group sessions for you to connect with other caregivers, share stress reduction and coping strategies, and talk with others in the same situation safely from your home. 

These 40 minute mini bi-weekly support group online sessions will be facilitated through the month of March by Center for Healing and Wholeness staff Cheryl Nickelson, LICSW and Jennifer Monroe, MA, MPH. No need to pre-register. Simply click on the link below (or copy and paste it into your browser) to join any meeting at the time and date offered. You will be prompted to set up a login ID and password for the meeting app "Zoom".

Find upcoming group meeting links on the events page: https://www.normluth.org/Events

These no cost Caregiver Support Groups, supported by the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness and the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter, provide a time for caregivers of all ages to meet others in the same situation, learn from each other and develop a mutual support system. Choose the support group that best fits your schedule. Due to the need for social distancing during this time of COVID-19, the respite group usually available during the support group on 2nd Saturdays have been canceled until further notice. For more details, click here.

For more information, contact Mary Cordell at 952.977.9363 or visit the Center for Healing & Wholeness website: https://www.normandalecenter.org/

Click here for the 2019-2020 Series schedule >

Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter

www.alz.org/mnnd

Virtual Caregiver Education Session

Second Saturday of Each Month | 9:00–10:30 am

Education sessions are being presented virtually during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19. All sessions are presented by the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter.

Next Sessions

  • September 12 | Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Current Research and Treatment
    Dr. Robyn Birkeland will present the latest research and knowledge on what dementia is, what the most common forms of dementia are, what the diagnosis process looks like, and how effective current medication options are. She will describe current research efforts focusing on potential causes and treatment of Alzheimer’s as well as future research directions.

    Join Zoom Session:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83702768115?pwd=Zk5xeWhZblV0cU80N2VNbW0wTXpUQT09
    Meeting ID: 837 0276 8115
    Passcode: 900348

  • October 10 | Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors
    Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. These behaviors are a form of communication and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. The purpose of this workshop is to help caregivers decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond.

    Zoom link will be available closer to time.
 
For more information, contact Jennifer Monroe at jmonroe@normandalecenter.org

Click HERE for a list of all upcoming education sessions.

Caregiver Book Club Support Group

Thursdays, October 1 – November 14 | 6:00 – 7:15 PM

This six-week book club support group will be reading and discussing a compilation of short stories titled Finding Hope When Dreams Have Shattered by Ted Bowman. Mr. Bowman is an educator and consultant that specializes in change and transition, whether it occurs in families, an organization, or the community. For over 40 years, he has been a frequent trainer, consultant, and speaker throughout Minnesota, the United States, and other countries. He is the author of over 125 articles and chapters appearing in books, journals, newspapers, and magazines. His writings are widely used in grief care. Books are provided to participants for free. To register, email us at info@normandalecenter.org.

Click HERE for more information.

ACT on Alzheimer's

The Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness is part of the Edina ACTion Team for the ACT on Alzheimer's intiative in our community. ACT on Alzheimer's brings education to communities and caregivers on how we can work together to improve the lives of those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. If you live, work, worship, or attend school in Edina, please consider joining in this important community process. For more information, contact Patti Hankes at 952.929.1698 or visit www.ACTonAlz.org.