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Support Groups for Caregivers
COVID-19 Update: FamilyMeans offers both in-person and virtual support groups for caregivers. These groups are offered in a new schedule to offer more support opportunities each month (see schedule below). New participants are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Contact us to register.
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.
Summer Caregiver Support Groups
Virtual Caregiver Support Group – Morning Sessions
10:00am – 11:00am
On these Wednesdays: June 2, 16, and 30 | July 7, and 21 | August 4, and 18
In-Person Caregiver Support Group – Afternoon Sessions
1:00pm – 2:30pm
On these Tuesdays:
June 8, and 22 | July 13, and 27 | August 10, and 24
*Limit to 10 Attendees
Virtual Caregiver Support Group – Evening Sessions
5:30pm – 6:30pm
On these Wednesdays:
June 16 | July 21 | August 18
A Memory Café is a welcoming place for those with memory loss and their caregivers. Cafés include facilitated conversation, community resources, and enjoyment in locations throughout Washington County.
Current in-person meetings held in Woodbury, Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, and Hugo. Click here to see flyer with more information.
For Individuals Living with Dementia
Journey Together is a social/support group: A chance to share the ups and downs of memory loss and connect with others on the same journey. Contact us for dates and links.
What Else Might be Helpful?
Caregiver Companion Cards, print 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.