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 virtual 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,  Upcoming Events, and Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes hosted by Wisconsin agencies will be posted here.  In addition to what is listed below, the following agencies host a variety of virtual support groups, presentations, and events.

 

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS 

 

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 -  Dementia Reimagined 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 21st and February 18th at 1:00 pm  -  Dementia & Sexuality - 2 Part Series
Join us by video or audio as Regional Ombudsman Karee Slaminski provides a 2-part series on Dementia and Sexuality. We will discuss balancing rights and protecting as well as guidelines for consent. Please don't hesitate to bring any questions you may have! Each session will be about 45 minutes.  For more information or to register, please contact Carley Prochaska, Dementia Care Specialist, at the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 715-346-1401.

February 24th @ 1:00 pm  -  Taking Care of the Caregiver:  Resilience and Coping Amidst Covid-19
Join in a discussion with Andrea Gilmore-Bykovskyi, PhD, RN from UW Madison, about maintaining mental health and a sense of well-being while caregiving for others. We will discuss strategies that we can employ to identify and respond to sources of stress as well as new challenges imposed by Covid-19. We will also discuss signs and symptoms that it is time to seek professional support for our mental health needs, and related resources for those needs.  For more information or to register, please contact the Aging &Disability Resource Center at 715-346-1401.

 

February 25 from 6:00-8:00 pm  -  Virtual Play, "Steering into the Skid"
This virtual, one-act play follows the story of a loving couple's journey with memory loss over the course of a year. Twelve short scenes, one for each month of the year, help audiences connect with the subtle changes that impact a married couple over the course of a year.  A community discussion will follow.  To register visit https:////skid-rockcounty-02252021.eventbrite.com 

 
February 25 and Thursdays through April 1  -  Caregiver Book Club
Learn about "12 ways to keep it all together" using the book, God Knows Caregiving Can Pull You Apart, written by a caregiver who is also a chaplain working at a large health center and home health care and hospice agency. She and others share stories and insights. Caregivers will also have a chance to discuss with other caregivers.  To register call 920-386-3580.

March 2 and every Tuesday @ 10:00 am through March 30  -  Dementia Care Book Club

Virtual book club will be reading and discussing the book, My Two Elaines by Martin Schreiber.  Email cori.marsh@co.rock.wi.us to register or for more information.  Books are available.

March 8 @ 10:00 am  -  Ask A Dementia Care Specialist
This is an informal dementia support group. Bring your questions and we will offer suggestions and resources.  To register call 715-839-4735 or register at www.adrcevents.org  


March 10 from noon to 1:00 pm  -  Dementia Care Specialist Webinar Series:  Incontinence Management
Dementia Care Specialists from Aging & Disability Resource Centers across Wisconsin are hosting a monthly webinar throughout 2021.  Visit the Registration Page to sign up.

March 16th @ 6:00 pm  -  Dementia 101
Join us for this one-hour presentation on what dementia is and how it affects those living with it.  Learn suggestions and tips for ways to communicate with a person living with dementia to enhance interactions and minimize anxiety.  To register go to www.adrcconnections.org or call Trisha at 715-537-6225.


March 18th @ 6:00 pm -  Dementia Live Virtual Experience

Dementia Live is a simulation experience that immerses participants into life with dementia, resulting in a deeper understanding of what it’s like to live with cognitive impairment and sensory changes. Dementia Live can help elevate family engagement by improving family visits, interaction, and communication.  To register call 715-537-6225 or go to www.adrcconnections.org 

 

March 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm  -  KINnect Virtual Family Event:  Talent Show

Each family will have about 3 minutes to share a family or individual talent. A free activity kit with refreshments and supportive items will be sent directly to each family registered. Your dog could perform a silly pet trick or you or your whole family could sing a song to sing, dance a dance, or play an instrument.  Register here.  Sponsored by Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support.

March 22 @ 12:00 pm  -  Dementia Friends Information Session
Dementia Friends is a global movement designed to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia.  It teaches five key messages about dementia, outlines early warning signs, and provides tips for effectively communicating with a person living with dementia. Dementia Friends is for anyone interested in making a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia.  To register email Natalie at nataliedementiacare@outlook.com

 

March 30, 2021, noon - 1:30 pm  -  "Alexa, Show Me My Mom" Using Smart Home Technology, "Echo Show," to Connect with Loved Ones Living with Dementia

Caring for a loved one with dementia can take a toll on work, family, and levels of stress. Join caregivers Tom and Paula as they explain the how-tos, whys, benefits, and their experience using Echo Show.  Laura Plummer, Assistive Technology Program Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will also provide other device considerations and resources.  Register online at www.adrcevents.org or call 715-839-4735 or 888-338-4636.

 

April 14 from noon to 1:00 pm  -  Dementia Care Specialist Webinar Series:  Care Transitions
Dementia Care Specialists from Aging & Disability Resource Centers across Wisconsin are hosting a monthly webinar throughout 2021.  Visit the Registration Page to sign up.

 

May 12 from noon to 1:00 pm  -  Dementia Care Specialist Webinar Series:  Building a Support Network
Dementia Care Specialists from Aging & Disability Resource Centers across Wisconsin are hosting a monthly webinar throughout 2021.  Visit the Registration Page to sign up.

 

May 27 from 6:00-7:00 pm  -  KINnect Virtual Family Event: Family Crest

Make a family crest and connect with other families. Creating a family crest at home can be a fun and meaningful way for family members to identify what makes their family unique. Prior to the live sharing event, each family will receive a craft box in the mail with the needed materials (and a family snack to share!). You will also receive a video, created by a local art teacher, with a lesson on heraldry and instructions on how to make your own personalized family crest. We ask each family to complete their project before our live sharing event.  Register here.  Sponsored by Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support.


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


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

 

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.

Second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:00 am  -  Family Caregivers for a Loved One with Dementia in the Early Stages
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association; please register by calling 800-272-3900.

 

2nd Tuesday of the 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 the 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 alisa.lammers@co.barron.wi.us 

Third Tuesday of each month @ 4:30 pm  -    Early Evening Caregiver Support Group
Please join us by video or audio for our monthly early evening 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.

 

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.


Fourth Tuesday of the month from 10:00-11:30 am  -  Family Caregivers for a Loved One with Dementia in the Early Stages
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association; please register by calling 800-272-3900.

 

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.


Second Wednesday of the month from 10:00-11:30 am  -  For Persons Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association; please register by calling 800-272-3900.

Second Wednesday of the 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.

Third Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 pm  -  Male Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association; please register by calling 800-272-3900.


3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:00 pm  -  KINnect Relative Caregivers of Children Support Group
Please join us for this opportunity to connect with other parents and grandparents as a way to share the joys and challenges of being a relative caregiver.  The first 100 households who attend 3 KINnect Relative Caregiver events (including the evening virtual group or virtual family fun events) will receive a Kinship Parenting toolbox book & a $10 gift card. The first households who attend 5 KINnect Relative Caregiver events will receive a $35 gift card.  Registrants will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the meeting. You will need to have an internet connection, computer, or phone with the free Zoom app, a webcam, and microphone. Please contact Pattie@wisapsp.org with questions.

Third Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 pm  -  Family Caregivers for a Loved One with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD)
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association; please register by calling 800-272-3900.

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.

Fourth Thursday from 1:00-2:30 pm  -  Male Caregiver Support Group
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association; please register by calling 800-272-3900.

 

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

Connect weekly to share ideas about caregiving for your loved one with dementia.  To register contact Teresa Gander at 608-637-5331 or email teresa.gander@vernoncounty.org

Last Thursday of the month from 11:00 am-12:00 pm  -  KINnect Relative Caregivers of Children Support Group
Please join us for this opportunity to connect with other parents and grandparents as a way to share the joys and challenges of being a relative caregiver.  The first 100 households who attend 3 KINnect Relative Caregiver events (including the evening virtual group or virtual family fun events) will receive a Kinship Parenting toolbox book & a $10 gift card. The first households who attend 5 KINnect Relative Caregiver events will receive a $35 gift card.  Registrants will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the meeting. You will need to have an internet connection, computer or phone with the free Zoom app, a webcam and microphone. Please contact Pattie@wisapsp.org with questions.

 

FRIDAYS

Every Friday from 10:00-11:30 am  -  Family Caregivers for a Loved One with Dementia Living at a Facility
Sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association; please register by calling 800-272-3900.

 

 

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 from 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 from 10:00-11:30 pm  -  Chippewa Valley Memory Cafe - 2021 Virtual Time Travelers Series
Join us as we go back in time to explore how those in the past lived, worked, and played in the Chippewa Valley.  This group is open to anyone that is interested, as well as caregivers and those living with memory loss.  This is a collaboration of the Chippewa valley Musem and the ADRC.  Register online at www.adrcevents.org or call the ADRC at 715-839-4735.

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 715-381-4411.

 

2nd Wednesday of the 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 the 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.

 

Every Thursday 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 @ 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 Monday @ 6:00 pm through February 15  -  Dementia Care Book Club

Virtual book club will be reading and discussing the book, My Two Elaines by Martin Schreiber.  Email cori.marsh@co.rock.wi.us to register or for more information.  Books are available.


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 the 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  

 

Every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm  -  Virtual Book Club:  Creating Moments of Joy by Jolene Brackey

Join others throughout Wisconsin as we discuss compassionate dementia caregiving and finding joy in the everyday moment.  this book club is open to anyone that wants to learn more about dementia and how to support those who have it.  Led by Dementia Care Specialists Carla Berscheit and Lisa Wells.  Click HERE to register.  Contact Carla at 715-738-2584 or cberscheit@co.chippewa.wi.us or Lisa at 715-839-4750 or lisa.wells@co.eau-claire.wi.us with questions.

 

   

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVING VIRTUAL CLASSES

 

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

 

 Every Wednesday - 2/24/21 to 3/31/21 from 10 a.m. to noon  -  Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Caregiving is rewarding and challenging. Taking care of yourself is important, Powerful Tools for Caregivers can show you how.  To register call the Kenosha County ADRC at 262-605-6646 or email adrc@kenoshacounty.org.   Participants need a computer, iPad or tablet and internet access. We'll contact you before class for a short discussion on how to use the online platform Zoom.