Upcoming programs

Support Groups

Aging By Design - agency brochure

Aging by Design - series in October & November

Memory Club, 10 week series, Sept 15 - Nov 17

Powerful Tools for Caregivers series, March 2 - April 6 2017

Memory Club, 10 week series, April 25 - June 6 2017

Education Programs for Caregivers

To have one of these programs presented to your worksite, faith community or civic organization, contact Jenny West, Community Educator at 651.789.4015 or email with a topic of interest. Programs/workshops can be modified to meet your specific needs.

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters

It’s difficult to know when your concerns should qualify for action and possible change when it relates to another person. How do you bring up concerns over housing, finances, health care advance directives and even death? By recognizing those concerns and knowing what steps may follow, you can prevent crisis and maximize communication with everyone. Start those difficult conversations sooner rather than wishing you had started them months ago.

Being a Working Caregiver

6 in 10 family caregivers are employed. Are you trying to juggle work, home, family and caregiving responsibilities? This seminar focuses on the impact of caregiver issues in today’s working population. The “sandwich generation,” while being employed and raising their own children, may also need to assist their parents. By collecting resources and accessing information early on, can help simplify the process and save you time.

When to Worry?

Have you ever wondered if you are losing it? Join us for a conversation to better understand what may be “normal” memory loss verses signs of early dementia. Discuss tips on how to manage behaviors and various approaches that can be tried.

The Power of Laughter

Could you incorporate more laughter into your life? Laughter affects human physiology by reducing pain, strengthening our immune system and decreasing stress. Learn some simple tools and laugh a little along the way. Increasing humor helps put life's trials and tribulations into perspective and allows us to take ourselves less seriously.

A More Balanced You!

Do you find yourself stressed? Is your to-do list never ending? Are you forgetting things that occur on a regular basis? What keeps you from taking care of yourself? We all have the same 1,400 minutes in a day and, oftentimes, it is our own perceptions of things that can keep us stuck and unbalanced.Find ways to complete tasks that are important to you yet keeping your busy life balanced all at the same time.

Communicating Effectively With Health Care Providers

Ever wonder if there is a way to improve communication with your health care providers? This seminar will help anyone who wants to increase communication, get more out of your office visit and create a team approach towards your health care needs. By learning effective communication techniques, you will save time and energy by making the most of your health care provider visits.

Communicating with difficult behaviors

This workshop offers tips for understanding and communicating with someone affected by dementia. Learn strategies to handle difficult behaviors and how to remain connected with your family member. Discussions will cover how dementia affects a person's ability to understand and communicate, some simple skills for handling troubling behavior, and ways to feel more confident in your caregiving role.

HELP! My Parents are getting old…what should I do?

Because adult children are often the key contact for their aging parents, it is valuable to collect the right information and health history to store in one place. Participants will understand what key information to know about your parents, documents to gather and questions to consider about aging.

Who’s Taking Care of Me While I’m Taking Care of You?

Are you in fight or flight mode all of the time? Is your stress level through the roof? This seminar helps anyone who wants to sustain their hardiness whether caring for others or not. Determine who will be on your team that will provide you with support and continued assurance. By practicing key steps, you can identify your own needs and plan how to get those needs met while bringing you peace of mind. Learn how to develop an outlook that will be a source of strength no matter what!

Caring from a Distance

Do you worry about your father falling when you are miles and miles away? Is your mother really taking her medication at the correct time with the exact dose and on an empty stomach? Are your thoughts occupied by your parents’ health status? “Distance” caregivers, from across the state to across the country, will be prepared for their role and benefit from gaining knowledge on local community resources to assist their loved ones at a distance.

Making decisions sooner rather than later…Your own Health Care Directive

Ever wonder why you would want to think about a scenario that wouldn’t allow you to communicate with those around you? Join us to learn how to identify key people in your life that should know about your thoughts, values and understanding the importance of expressing your wishes sooner rather than later. Learn about what is included in the Minnesota Health Care Directive. These are easy to complete health care directive forms that let you say exactly what your wishes are for the future. Every age is the right age to have a health care directive!

I wonder if Mom and Dad should move?

Ever wonder when is the best time for your parents to downsize? Are you willing to wait for a crisis to occur? This seminar will help anyone who wants to begin the conversation, understand the difficulty of transition when you are old, and honor the significance of maximizing Mom and Dad’s independence. By starting the conversations now you will already be one step further than if you receive the 2AM emergency phone call.

Slips and Trips.  Staying safe in your home

Your home is your castle, and it should be the safest castle around. Join us for a great discussion on implementing simple modifications to keep your home as safe as possible with you in it!

WHO GETS WHAT, when I am gone!

Making sure the memories and the meaning travel on with your mementoes. Learn how to find ways to connect our dearest things with our dearest people. And while we are at it, what do we do with all the not-so-meaningful “stuff” we have accumulated throughout the years? Learn how to be proactive in dealing with a lifetime’s accumulation of possessions and explore helpful tips on how to get started.

Aging By Design - Exploring the Possibilities

FamilyMeans presents Aging by Design, a series to help participants creat personal paths to retirement, identify indivdual goals and explore changes as people age. The series is designed to break sensitive subjets into workable steps for the future. Each class is offered twice over a two-moth period, allowing participants to choose what is most convenient.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

This six week educational series is designed to helpcaregivers take care of themselves while providing care to someone else. Topics include; self-care, reducing personal stress, communicating feelings in challenging situations, learning from emotions and mastering caregiving decisions. Attendees will benefit from this program whether helping a parent, spouse/partner, child or friend who lives nearby or across country.

Memory Club

Memory Club is designed to meet the needs of both the person with memory loss and a family member or friend. Many families report that meeting others in the same situation is helpful in moving forward with their lives after diagnosis. One half of each session (total of 10 sessions) is devoted to topics that address the entire group, and the second half is spent in private peer groups: one for people with memory issues and one for their partners.

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