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 form here.

  

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 or...

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.

 

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

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.

  

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS


September 15 through October 20 @ 10:00 am (Six Sessions on Tuesdays)  -  Journaling for Well-Being for Family Caregivers
This virtual workshop is targeted to family caregivers who may benefit from therapeutic aspects of journal writing. Participants do not need to be writers to attend. Just a paper and pen and willingness to writes what's on your mind and heart. A computer/tablet/smartphone and internet is required. There is no cost to attend.  For questions or to register call Rock County Council on Aging at 608-758-8455 or email caregiving@co.rock.wi.us 

September 16 & 30, Oct. 14 & 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2 @ 1:00 pm (Six Sessions on Wednesdays)  -  Joyful Moments at Home!
In this virtual six-part series you will learn tips and tricks for engaging your lone 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 

September 17 @ 4:00 pm -  Virtual Book Discussion of "My Two Elaines"

Caregivers, and anyone interested in caregiving, are welcome to join us for a one-hour web/phone-based gathering to discuss "My Two Elaines" by Martin J. Schreiber. Led by a Registered Nurse, not only will we be talking about a really great book, but we will also be learning about the health impacts of caregivers stress and the importance of self-care.  To register call the ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin @ 608-930-9835. (If no answer please leave a message with your name and number.)

September 22 @ 1:00-2:30 pm  -  Improving Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementia Care through Health Literacy Virtual Workshop
Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals are invited to learn techniques to improve communication and interaction with those who have dementia and how to help those with dementia better understand health information, which can improve overall health and well-being.  To register call the ADRC of Florence County, 715-528-4890

Wednesday, September 23 and alternating Wednesdays through December 9 @ 1:00 pm (Oct. 7 & 21, Nov. 4 & 18, and Dec. 9)  -  "Let's Get Away Together"- Virtual Arm Chair Travel Series
This will be 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

 

Thursday, September 24 @ 1:00pm-4:00pm  -  Virtual Caregiver Conference 2020 Series - Part 1: "Maintaining Balance During Uncertain Times"
For more information about this conference visit the WITC website.  To register call 715-234-7082, Ext. 5045 or register online

September 24 @ 2:00 pm  -  Resources for the Caregiver
This is the third of our Caregiver education webinars. Bekki Schmitt will discuss resources available to the family caregiver. Although this will focus primarily on resources available in Milwaukee county, she will address information on finding resources in other counties.  To register call 414 479-8800 ext 1947.  (If no answer please leave a message with your name and phone number.)

September 25 @ 9am-12pm  -  Virtual Caregiver Conference 2020 Series - Part 1: "Maintaining Balance During Uncertain Times"
For more information about this conference visit the WITC website.  To register call 715-234-7082, Ext. 5045 or register online 

October 2 from 10:00am-12:00pm  -  ABCs of Dementia
This informative program - for families, friends, and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias - is designed to enhance your understanding of the disease; how it affects those who have it; and how to effectively deal with it day-to-day.   Register at: teena.monk-gerber@alzwisc.org or 888-308-6251. Free and open to the public.  Registration Deadline: September 18, 2020.

November 19 & 20  -  Virtual Caregiver Conference 2020 Series - Part 2:  "Legal-Ease for Caregivers"
For more information about this conference series visit the WITC website.
 

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVING VIRTUAL CLASSES

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

 

Every Thursday, Sept 10 through Oct 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.  -  Powerful Tools for Caregivers (Virtual)

This is a free, 6-week educational series designed by Stanford University to give you tools to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.  Call the Kenosha County ADRC at 262-605--6646 or register online at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/155/Aging-Disability-Resource-Center; look for the red registration button.   (Computer, tablet or iPad required; minimal computer skills needed. We will contact you prior to the first class for a brief discussion/training on Zoom, the virtual platform that'll be used.)