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Caregiver Education for You

Education programs are offered throughout the year at FamilyMeans and other community sites. Contact FamilyMeans at 651-439-4840 for upcoming dates and locations and to register.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

This six-week series helps caregivers 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 or partner, child or friend who lives nearby or far away.

Memory Club

Memory Club is a 10-week series 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 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. Memory Club provides

  • A safe environment to learn more about the disease and to share experiences and ask questions.
  • An opportunity to develop friendships and talk with others about the experience of memory loss.

Caregiving Deep-Dive

Each quarter, one topic is the focus of an informational session for caregivers. Learn about topics such as technology options for aging in place, ways to use art and music in caregiving, understanding changes in Medicare, and more. 

Aging by Design - Exploring the Possibilities

Aging by Design is a class to help participants create personal paths to retirement, identify individual goals and explore changes as people age. The class breaks sensitive subjects into workable steps for the future.  

Upcoming programs

Education Programs for Your Group

Host a caregiving or aging education session at your workplace, faith community, civic organization or other group. Contact Jenny West, Community Educator, at 651-788-4015 or jwest@familymeans.org to make plans for your presentation. Programs can be modified to meet your specific needs.

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Compassionate Caregiving

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. Learn how to develop an outlook that will be a source of strength no matter what!

Communicating Effectively With Health Care Providers

Ever wonder if there is a way to improve communication with your family’s health care providers? This seminar will help anyone who wants to increase communication, get more out of office visits and create a team approach towards health care needs.

A More Balanced You

Do you find yourself stressed? Is your to-do list never ending? 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.

My parents are getting older - what do I need to know? Documents You Need to Know!

As parents age, adult children provide more support for their aging parents. What do you know about their health history, financial assets, and long-term wishes? It is important to gather the right information, initiate those difficult conversations, understand your changing roles and learn more about the resources that can help as your parent ages.

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. By collecting resources and accessing information early on, can help simplify the process and save you time.

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.

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 from a distance.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Slips and Trips – keeping your home safe

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! Establish techniques now, which will keep you independent and having a plan so that you can age in place.

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.

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. Resources will be provided.

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What Else Might be Helpful?

Consider attending a Support Group or trying one of our online decision support tools.

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