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.


Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Group – Morning Sessions

10:00am – 11:00am

On the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month

 In-Person Caregiver Support Group – Afternoon Sessions

1:00pm – 2:30pm

On the  2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month

 In-Person Caregiver Support Group – Cottage Grove

12:30pm - 1:45pm

On the 2nd Thursday of each month


Virtual Caregiver Support Group – Evening Sessions

5:30pm – 6:30pm  

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month


 Memory Cafés

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. 



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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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