Support Groups for Caregivers

At support groups, caregivers learn and reinforce good self-care, give and receive encouragement and enjoy support and understanding from others in similar situations. FamilyMeans staff lead each group and provide education and information to meet group members’ needs.

The groups explore issues such as:

  • Balancing roles and responsibilities
  • Maintaining personal balance
  • Planning for legal needs
  • Understanding and dealing with the realities of chronic illnesses
  • Coping with depression
  • Developing support systems
  • Accessing community resources

For more information or to register for any of the groups below, connect with our staff at 651-439-4840. Pre-registration is requested. Respite companionship and supervision for the person you care for may be available during the group. Ask for details when registering.

Just for Caregivers

South Washington Caregiver Support Resource Hour
Third Wednesday of each month
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
All Saints Lutheran Church, 8100 Belden Boulevard. Cottage Grove, MN 

Coffee and Conversation
Third Friday of each month
10:00am – 11:00am
FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Avenue S. Stillwater, MN

Caring for Someone with Memory Loss
(for caregivers of people living with dementia)
First Wednesday of each month
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Avenue S. Stillwater, MN
Co-facilitated by FamilyMeans social workers and Stillwater Medical Group physicians

Memory Cafés

A Memory Café is a welcoming place for those with memory loss and their caregivers. Cafés include facilitated conversation, community resources, and enjoyment. Join us each month to share, support and connect with others in your community.

Interested in attending a memory café? Connect with our staff at 651-439-4840

Lake Elmo Memory Café
Second Monday of each month
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Lake Elmo Inn, 3442 Lake Elmo Avenue N., Lake Elmo, MN 55042 

Woodbury Memory Café
Second Tuesday of each month
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
R.H. Stafford Woodbury Library, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN 55125 

Cottage Grove Memory Café
First Tuesday of each month
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Hy-Vee Cottage Grove, 7280 E. Point Douglas Road S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Hugo Memory Café
Fourth Wednesday of each month
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Rice Lake Centre, 6900 137th Street N., Hugo, MN 55038

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What Else Might be Helpful?

Consider attending Memory Club or trying one-to-one Coaching and Consultation.

Caregiver Companion Cardsprint at home cards that make it easy for caregivers to discreetly share with others that their companion has memory loss, and ask for their patience. These cards are especially helpful at restaurants and grocery stores, but can be used in many different settings.

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