Virtual Events for Caregivers

While practicing Safer At Home guidelines here in Wisconsin many support groups, memory cafes, conferences and other events have moved to a digital platform.  Since these events are held via telephone or videoconference, people across Wisconsin are invited to participate.  A list of Support Groups, Memory Cafes, Ongoing Events and Upcoming Events and Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes hosted by Wisconsin agencies will be posted here.  To add an event, complete the form here.

 

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS - CELEBRATE FAMILY CAREGIVER MONTH IN NOVEMBER!

 

November 23 from 10:00 - 11:30 am  -  Lighten Up! Focus on the positive
Presented by Helen Sampson.  Click here to register or call 715-528-4890.

November 24 @ 10am  - Virtual Caregiver Roadmap Expert Panel
Join us for an expert panel discussion on the pit stops you may need to take through your caregiving journey. Experts from each pit stop on the Caregiver Roadmap will be represented and available to answer any questions you may have.  To register, please contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715-346-1401.

December 2 @ 1:00 pm -  Joyful Moments at Home!
This is part of a virtual, six-part series in which you will learn tips and tricks for engaging your loved one in a variety of hands-on activities that promote socialization, physical and spiritual wellness and creative expression. Join one session or join them all! There is no cost to participate.  For questions or to register call 608-758-8455 or email caregiving@co.rock.wi.us 

December 9 from 9:00-10:00 am  -  Managing Stress

Originally part of a class for caregivers, this one-hour session will help anyone learn ways to manage stress, as well as meet others who are dealing with some of the same things.  To register call 920-386-3580.


December 9 @ 1:00 pm  -  "Let's Get Away Together"- Virtual Arm Chair Travel Series

This is part of six interactive virtual travel activity sessions. Each week will focus on a new part of the world while incorporating storytelling, music, poetry writing and/or a simple craft.  No cost to attend. Must have a computer/tablet or smartphone with internet access.  To register call Rock County Council on Aging at 608-758-8455 or caregiving@co.rock.wi.us


January 4th from 5:00-6:00 pm  -  Communication Challenges in Dementia
If you care for someone with dementia and struggle to find ways to communicate effectively, this is the session for you. Join Dementia Care Specialist Carrie Myers as she provides strategies and techniques that are proven to work.  To register call 877-485-2372 or email cmyers@burnettcounty.org 

January 7th from 1:00-2:00 pm  -  Dementia 101
If you would like to increase your knowledge of dementia and help break down stigmas related to the disease, join us for this information session.  To register call 715-537-6225 or go to www.adrcconnections.org 

January 11th from 10:00-11:00 am  -  Ask A Dementia Care Specialist
Join Dementia Care Specialist Lisa Wells and Carla Berscheit in this informal question and answer session. Bring any dementia-related question and receive answers, resources, and support.  To register call 715-839-4735 or go to www.adrcevents.org 

January 12- February 23, every Tuesday from 1:00-2:00 pm  -  Boost Your Brain and Memory
Join Trisha Witham, Dementia Care Specialist for a fun 7-week program and learn techniques to boost your memory!  To register call 715-537-6225 or go to www.adrcconnections.org

January 13th - February 24th, every Wednesday from 6:00-7:00 pm -  Online Book Club
Join us for an on-line book club, we will discuss past and present treatments and research of dementia. We will use the book written by Dr. Tia Powell called "Dementia Reimagined" as our guide as we navigate through our current knowledge and resources for those with dementia.  To register call 715-273-6780 or email amy.luther@co.pierce.wi.us

January 25th, Noon-1:00pm  -  Ask A Dementia Care Specialist
Join Dementia Care Specialist Natalie Schmaltz in this informal question and answer session. Bring any dementia-related question and receive answers, resources, and support.  To register call 866-663-3607 or go to www.adrc-n-wi.org 

  

ONGOING VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS

 

MONDAYS

Every Monday @ 10:00 am - Caregiver Coffee Hour 

Register by emailing cori.marsh@co.rock.wi.us or calling Cori at 608-921-7165

  

Every Monday @ 10:00 am  -  Northeast WI Telephone Support Group

Open to all caregivers of persons with memory impairment living in Northeast, WI. Join us every Monday as a panel of local Dementia Care Specialists provide emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers.  To register, please call 800-272-3900. 

 

TUESDAYS

Every Tuesday @ 1:30 pm  -  Caregiver Support Group

Register by emailing caregiving@co.rock.wi.us or calling Cori at 608-921-7165.

 

2nd Tuesday of each month (No Dec Mtg.) @ 1:30 pm  -  Caregiver Friends Support Group

General Caregivers of any age caring for someone with any condition are welcome to join us.  To register call 920-467-4079 or email Lisa.Hurley@SheboyganCounty.com  
 

3rd Tuesday of Every Month @ 9:00 am-10:00 am  -  Let's Talk Over Coffee

This is a social group for those caring for a loved one with dementia. The purpose of this group is to provide social engagement for caregivers to have an opportunity to talk to other caregivers about lighthearted topics and focus on positives amongst all the challenges in our world right now.  To register contact dcs@milwaukeecountywi.gov or (414) 289-6259

 

Third Tuesday of the month @ 1:00-2:00 pm  -  Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Caregivers of those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can join virtually or by phone. This group provides an understanding of caregiver challenges and resources. It also provides an opportunity to give and receive support from others.  Call 715-537-6225 or email margaret.schmidt@co.barron.wi.us

 

First and Third Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm  -  Caregiver Support Group

Register by emailing cori.marsh@co.rock.wi.us or calling Cori at 608-921-7165.

 

WEDNESDAYS

First and Third Wednesday of each month @1:30 pm  -  Dependable Friends Virtual Support Group

If you are caring for a person living with dementia and would like to connect with other caregivers talking about challenges, resources, successes and joys, please join us!  Register by contacting Michelle Brown at michelle.brown@co.trempealeau.wi.us (715-538-3198) or Kelsey Flock at KFlock@lacrossecounty.org  (608-386-0767)

First Wednesday of the month @ 1:00  -  Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Please join us online or by phone for an hour of caregiver discussion and connection, lead by the Dementia Care Specialists of Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Waukesha Counites.  To register please email us at dcs@milwaukeecountywi.gov or call 414-289-6259.

 

2nd Wednesday of each month @ 1:00 pm  -   Caregiver Support Group

Support group for caregivers of any diagnoses.  To register call 608-723-6113 or email Nicole at nbaumeister@co.grant.wi.gov  For more information visit https://adrcswwi.org/grant/services/national-caregiver-support-program/ 

 

Second Wednesday of the month from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm  -  Virtual Caregiver Support Group
We are offering the opportunity for caregivers from Manitowoc and Kewaunee Counties, caring for someone 60 years or older, to meet over the phone or through our web/app based service to share ideas and connect with others.  To register and receive additional information, call Ariel Yang at 877-416-7083.

Second Wednesday of the month @ 1:30 pm  -  Virtual Caregiver Support Group

Please join us by video or audio for our monthly Caregiver Support Group, open to all caregivers. For more information or to register, please contact Carley Prochaska Lee, Dementia Care Specialist, Portage County ADRC at 715-346-1401.

 

Last Wednesday of the month @ 1:30 pm  -  Caregiver Support Group

Please join us by video or audio for our monthly Caregiver Support Group, open to all caregivers.  For more information or to register, please contact the Portage County ADRC at 715-346-1401.

 

THURSDAYS

Second Thursday of the month @ 6:00 pm -  Caregiver Support Group

For family, friends, and other caregivers who are caring for a person with a chronic illness or disability.  For more information or to obtain the link to join, please contact Southwest Wisconsin ADRC-Green County Office at 608-328-9499 or email us at resourcecenter@gchsd.org

 

Fourth Thursday of the Month @ 10:30 am - Caregiver Support Group

For family, friends, and other caregivers who are caring for a person with a chronic illness or disability.  For more information or to obtain the link to join, please contact Southwest Wisconsin ADRC-Green County Office at 608-328-9499 or email us at resourcecenter@gchsd.org.

 

Every Thursday night from 7:30-8:30 pm  -  Evening Conversations with Pam and Gina

Connect weekly to share ideas about caregiving for your loved one with dementia.  To register contact Gina Laack at 608-548-3954 or email glaack@co.juneau.wi.us 

 

 

ONGOING VIRTUAL MEMORY CAFES

(Memory Cafes provide a way for persons with memory loss and their care partner to socialize with other people going through similar journeys.)

 

Third Mondays of every month @ 1:00 pm -  Monarch Libraries Memory Café

Join us for activities and informal conversation; a time when you don’t focus on a diagnosis, but instead have a great time connecting with each other and creating new friendships.  To register, please contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Ozaukee County at 262-284-8120.

 
Tuesdays at 11:00 am  -  Fox Valley Memory Project Zoom Memory Cafe
Learn more by visiting https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/memory-cafes/ or contact Harper at 

harper@foxvalleymemoryproject.org or by calling 920-225-1711.

First and Third Tuesday of the Month @ 9 am-10:30 am  -  Caregiver Virtual Café

Caregivers of any age caring for someone with any condition are welcome to share ideas, offer support and socialize.  For more information contact the Eau Claire County Aging and Disability Resource Center @ 715-839-4735.  To Register call 715-839-6714 or email dana.greicar@co.eau-claire.wi.us 

  

2nd Tuesday of the month @ 1:00 PM  -  Virtual Memory Cafe 

A place for persons with mild cognitive impairment, early-stage Alzheimer's, or related dementia, and their care partners to socialize and have fun, all from the comfort of your home.  To register please call Kimberly Bauer, Dementia Care Specialist for St. Croix County at 715-381-441.1

 

2nd Wednesday of each month @ 10:30 am  -  Virtual Memory Café

To register please call Carley Prochaska Lee, Dementia Care Specialist at the ADRC of Portage County at 715-346-1401or emailing to prochasc@co.portage.wi.us

First Thursday of every month @ 2:30 pm -  Riveredge Nature Center Memory Café 

Join us for activities and informal conversation; a time when you don’t focus on a diagnosis, but instead have a great time connecting with each other and creating new friendships.  To register, please contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Ozaukee County at 262-284-8120.

 

Thursdays at 1:30 pm  -  Fox Valley Memory Project Zoom Memory Cafe
Learn more by visiting https://www.foxvalleymemoryproject.org/memory-cafes/ or contact Harper at 

harper@foxvalleymemoryproject.org or by calling 920-225-1711.


Every Friday @ 1:30 pm  --  Afternoon Social Hour/Memory Cafe

Register by emailing cori.marsh@co.rock.wi.us or calling Cori at 608-921-7165.

 

 

ONGOING VIRTUAL EVENTS

Every Monday Morning @ 10:00 am  -  Coffee Connect

Connect with local dementia specialists virtually from the comfort of your home! Join to ask questions, gain support, and brainstorm strategies to get through this time together with three local Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Dementia Care Specialists.  To register call 608-548-3954

 

Every Wednesday @ 10:00 am  -   Wacky Wednesday for Fun and Socialization
Register by emailing caregiving@co.rock.wi.us or calling Cori at 608-921-7165.

 

Every Wednesday at 1:30 pm  -  Knowledge is Power Hour - Educational Programming

Register by emailing caregiving@co.rock.wi.us or calling Cori at 608-921-7165.

  

First Wednesday of every month @ 1:00  - Webinar Wednesdays

Each month be sure to register for this 60-minute informative webinar regarding respite care in Wisconsin. RCAW staff will summarize how their programs, grants, FREE online training, and resources can maximize other primary caregiver support programs (45-minutes). Each month, Webinar Wednesday will also host guest speakers who are subject-matter experts (15-minutes) to educate viewers on various respite related topics.  Open to anyone interested in learning more about respite and related resources.  For more info, check out RCAW’s website https://www.respitecarewi.org  To register visit https://respitecarewi.org/webinar-wednesdays/ 

 

4th Wednesday @ 4:00 pm  -  Outagamie Caregiver Coalition Chats

Caregivers of any age are invited to participate in this one-hour Zoom chat. This is open to anyone interested in participating, you do not need to live in Outagamie County!  Contact Karen Dickrell, Extension Outagamie at 920-832-5126 or email: karen.dickrell@wisc.edu  

 

First Thursday @ 6:00 pm  -  Virtual Pizza & Trivia

For details contact caregiving@co.rock.wi.us or call Cori at 608-921-7165.

  

The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association has a variety of weekly support groups, educational classes and other virtual support services.  

 

The Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support program hosts support groups and events for Grandparents and Relative Caregivers.

 

The Caregiver Teleconnection Program has one-hour conference calls two to three times each week as well as archived programs.

  

 

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVING VIRTUAL CLASSES

 

Check the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging website for other classes in your area.