Virtual Events for Caregivers

We are happy to announce that there are many support groups, memory cafes, conferences, and other events that 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.  

 

 

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

Every Wednesday @ 2:00 pm  -  Weekly Wednesday Caregiver Check-In
Join other caregivers to learn about dementia, get answers, learn about community resources and build relationships.  To register call 920-675-4035 or email HeatherJ@jeffersoncountywi.gov.  There are virtual and call-in options.

First Wednesday of the month @ 10:00 am  -  Virtual Caregiver Coffee Club
Stay connected and join fellow caregivers. Enjoy a warm beverage, relax, chat and learn something new from the comfort of your home.  To register contact the ADRC of Walworth County at 262-471-3273 or email walcoadrc@co.walworth.wi.us 

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

First Thursday of the month at Noon  -  Virtual Family Caregiver Lunch Bunch Support Group
Stay connected and join fellow caregivers at home or from work. Enjoy lunch, relax, chat, and learn something new.  To register contact the ADRC of Walworth County at 262-741-3273 or email walcoadrc@co.walworth.wi.us 

 

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.

 

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UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS 

 

 

Mondays, April 12 - May 3 from 9:30 -10:30 am  -  Virtual Book Club
Join others in a virtual book club! We will discuss My Two Elaines, "Learning, Coping and Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver" written by former Wisconsin governor Martin Schreiber. Open to all!  To register or for more information, email Carley Prochaska, Dementia Care Specialist, at prochasc@co.portage.wi.us or call 715-346-1401.

 

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 7 from 10:00-11:30 am  -  Memory Changes: What's Normal?
To receive the best treatment, you need the correct diagnosis-.  This interactive presentation will explore normal aging/memory changes, different types of dementia, and how a diagnosis is made to keep the
brain as healthy as can be!  Presented by Amber Ebert, PsyD, LP - Coram Consulting, LLC.  To register visit www.adrcevents.org or call 715-839-4735.
 

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 17- June 28, Every Monday, Noon to 1:00 pm  -  Lunch Bunch Dementia Book Club
Are you caring for someone with dementia while working?  Join us virtually to learn proven strategies to increase your resiliency while caring for someone with dementia.  To register call 715-839-4735 or online at www.adrcevents.org 

 

May 21 from 10:00-11:30 am  -  Pathways to Well-Being When Stressed and/or Grieving

Overload of stress, worry, and losses have an impact on one’s whole body. Our emotional, cognitive, and physical selves are engaged by stresses or grieving. Many people experience difficulty making decisions and the ability to focus - including forgetfulness, anxiety, and worry - in response to their personal situations amid the pandemic.  Presented by Ted Bowman, Educator/Author.  To register visit www.adrcevents.org or call 715-839-4735.

 

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.

 

June 4 from 10:00-11:30 am  -  Assistive Technology and Ensuring Connection

Assistive technology and mainstream technology have become critical links for staying in touch and reducing social isolation. Devices that once were considered a luxury are now part of daily life for many individuals.  This session will identify the barriers the current state of the world has highlighted and will address the use of technology and other strategies in fostering connections during the pandemic and beyond.  Presented by Laura Plummer, MA, CRC, ATP - Assistive Technology Program Coordinator at WI Department of Health Services.  To register visit www.adrcevents.org or call 715-839-4735.

June 18 from 1:00-2:30 pm  -  Sleep and Better Brain Health

Sleep is more than a passive activity. It is vital for brain health and has been shown to both protect and help heal your brain. Join us to learn about healthy sleep and how it affects your brain.  Presented by Dr. Donn Dexter, MD - Mayo Clinic Health System.  To register visit www.adrcevents.org or call 715-839-4735.

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.

 

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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

Second Wednesday of the month @ 1:00 pm  -  Virtual Lakeshore Memory Cafe
To register, please call (262) 741-3273 or email walcoadrc@co.walworth.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.


Third Friday of the month @ 9:30 am  -  Burlington Area Memory Cafe
To register, please contact Chad Sutkay at (262) 212-3596 or email at csutkay@touchinghearts.com 
 


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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 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.

 

Every other Friday (May 7, 21, June 4, 18, July 9, 23, August 6, 20) from 10:00-11:30 am  -   Better Brain Fridays
Nourish your brain health with these FREE, live webinars.  See details for each session in the Upcoming Virtual Events section.  To register or for more information visit www.adrcevents.org or call 715-839-4735.

 
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POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVING VIRTUAL CLASSES

 

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

  

Tuesdays, April 6 - May 11 from 10:00 to 11:30 am  -  Powerful Tools for Caregiving offered Virtually via WebEx 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week program designed to provide family caregivers with the tools to take care of themselves, while caring for a loved one. Learn to: Reduce Stress, Boost Self-Confidence, Communicate Better, Increase your ability to make tough decisions, Deal with your emotions, Identify Resources and Share ideas with other family caregivers. Cost $30 (to cover the cost of the textbook). If you are a Brown County Resident and don't have intranet access, or access to a computer, tablet or Smartphone, call to find out how we can equip you for this class. Class size is limited to 15.  For more information or to register, please call 920-448-4300.

 
Tuesdays, April 13 to May 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  -  Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This six-week class helps caregivers learn to reduce stress, deal with difficult emotions, communicate effectively in challenging situations, make tough caregiving decisions and more. Online, computer or tablet, and internet access required via Zoom.  To register call 262-605-6646 or click the big RED button on the Kenosha County ADRC website.   Kenosha County residents have preference but the class is open to any caregiver who is interested.


Tuesdays, May 11 - June 15 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.   -   Virtual Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class

To register please contact Anna Blamer at 262-741-3309. 

 
Thursdays, June 3- July 15 from 9:30 to 11:00 am  -  Powerful Tools for Caregivers virtual workshop
To register call 1-888-538-3031 or register online at www.adrcconnections.org/registrations