Caregiver Support & Education Group sessions gears up for those caring for someone with memory loss

Monthly Caregiver Support and Education Group gears up for people caring for someone with memory loss

STILLWATER, Minn., December 27, 2011 – FamilyMeans and Stillwater Medical Group are set to kick off another year offering a monthly caregiver support and education group to people caring for someone with memory loss.

“The January session will focus on an overview of the different types of dementia,” said Lisa Schiemann, one of the facilitators. “This session is a great one to attend, especially if someone may be interested in attending future sessions or simply new to the role of caring for someone who has dementia.”

The monthly sessions provide caregivers a place to connect with others in similar situations as well as have the opportunity to talk with medical experts and caregiver support professionals. Stanley Smith, M.D., a geriatrician with Stillwater Medical Group along with Schiemann and Carol Davis, caregiver coaches and counselors with FamilyMeans, will serve as facilitators.

The group will explore issues including:

  • Managing difficult behavior
  • Maintaining personal balance
  • Planning for legal needs
  • Coping with depression
  • Developing support systems
  • Accessing community resources
  • Understanding and dealing with the realities of memory loss

Details for the caregiver support and education group:

When:             First Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where:           Stillwater Medical Group Clinic (conference room A)

                        1500 Curve Crest Boulevard in Stillwater

RSVP:            Call Lisa Schiemann at (651) 789-4004 to register or to learn more. Care for the person with memory loss may be available; ask for details when registering. 

Cost:               Free – pre-registration is requested.