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Dementia Empowerment Services
COVID-19 Update : This service is currently web-based, bringing groups together virtually online. Telephone options are also available. See below for up-to-date group schedules, contact us for links to join.
FamilyMeans Caregiving & Aging provides services specifically for persons with a new dementia diagnosis or living with early-stage memory loss/dementia.
Our experienced staff are here to provide emotional support with dementia/early-stage memory loss, support system planning, goal setting, and community resources. Each person follows a unique path with memory loss, and having a guide can be essential in relieving stress along the way. Sliding scale fees available. This program was supported, in part, by a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Last Two Mondays each Month, 10am
A social/support group that covers topics important to someone adjusting their life to living with dementia in order to find joy and purpose. Topics are generated by the group and a staff guide. Themes may include creating support systems, strategies for daily living, self-care, emotion well-being, and reminiscing.
Join us virtually as we explore new things in the community and break stigmas about dementia and memory loss. Each 4-6 week session has a theme and special community guests who lead us to explore history, art, poetry, nature, community locales, and song writing. Visit the classes/groups page (click here) to learn more about the upcoming session.
Shaping Your Tomorrow: Dementia and MCI
Education, planning, and support for those living with dementia and someone important to them.
Shaping Your Tomorrow is designated to meet the needs of both the person with memory loss and a family member or friend. Each week introduces a specific topic for education, planning for the future, and learning from others on a similar journey. Rich discussions with the full group are followed by separate peer conversations: one for people with memory loss and one for their partners. Visit the classes/groups page (click here) to learn more about the upcoming session.
Meet our Dementia Program Coordinator, Heidi Ricks, COTA/L
Heidi is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, having worked over eight years in the adult day healthcare program of the Veterans Administration. She has a BA from Luther College and an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistantship from St. Catherine University. Heidi joined the Caregiving & Aging team in 2020, and is a wonderful support to those with dementia/memory loss and their caregivers.
For questions about Dementia Empowerment Services, or to make an appointment for a service, contact Heidi Ricks at HRicks@FamilyMeans.org or 651-439-4017.
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.