Virtual Events for Caregivers

There are many support groups, memory cafes, conferences, and other events available on virtual platforms.  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, hosted by Wisconsin agencies will be posted here.  Find information about online Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes here.

 

 

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS 

 
Every Wednesday, October 20 - December 15, 3:00 - 4:00 pm - Virtual Book Club

We will be reading and discussing the book, Loving Someone Who Has Dementia.  Call Carla Berscheit @ 715-944-8091 to register.


Every Wednesday, October 20 through December 29 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm  -  Virtual Book Club
We will be reading and discussing the book, Creating Moments of Joy by Jolene Brakke.  To register call Becky Woodke at 715-538-1930 or email rebecca.woodke@co.trempealeau.wi.us  

November 4 @ noon  -  Do I need an Elder Law Attorney or a Financial Advisor and What's the Difference?

Hear Elder Law Attorney Carol Wessles and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Julie Nachtigal share their professions and how they can help!  Register for this free, virtual presentation by contacting Heather Janes at 920-675-4035 or HeatherJ@jeffersoncountywi.gov 

 

Tuesday, November 9th from 9:30-11:00 am  -  Mindful Meditation as a Means of Self- Care
Please join Andrew J Vitale as we explore and experience Mindful Meditation and breathing exercises to help each of us during times of stress… which could be every day, just based on our stressors related to the pandemic or everyday caregiving! We will look at ways to reduce stress and practice the tools learned in this presentation. Andrew has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare sector and currently works in hospice care in northern Illinois. Andrew practices and shares his experience and knowledge of Mindfulness with others in hospice and the community-at-large in Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford, Illinois, and is a level II practitioner.


November 10 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm  -  Creative Caregiving from Coast to Coast, a virtual author talk
In celebration of National Caregivers Month, the La Crosse Public Library is hosting a virtual author talk with Ramie Liddle, co-author of Driving Miss Norma: An Inspirational Story About What Really Matters at the End of Life.  Liddle will share the incredible cross-country caregiving journey she and her husband took with her 90-year-old mother-in-law, Norma. Join us virtually for the tale of this transformative journey of caregiving.  Additional details and registration for this free event can be found on our website: https://www.lacrosselibrary.org/creative-caregiving-coast-coast  Or call 608-789-7145, email programteam@lacrosselibrary.org or visit lacrosselibrary.org. 

November 11 @ 6:00 pm  -  Do I need an Elder Law Attorney or a Financial Advisor?
Come hear from Elder Law Attorney Carol Wessels and Financial Advisor Julie Nachtigal and how their roles can help you!  Register for this free, virtual presentation by contacting Heather Janes at 920-675-4035 or HeatherJ@jeffersoncountywi.gov 

November 18 from 9:00 - 11:00 am  -  Humor & Caregiving
Nationally-know speaker, Teepa Snow, will offer a virtual presentation that is memorable as well as useful for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or other dementia.  To register, call 920-675-4035 or e-mail HeatherJ@jeffersoncountywi.gov   

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.

 

The Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin offers many programs that support caregivers.

 

The Alzheimer's Association - Wisconsin Chapter has a number of Webinar/Phone Family Caregiver Education Programs that can be accessed via their website.

 

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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. 

 

First Monday of the Month  from 10:00-11:00 am  -  Circle of Support
This is a dementia-specific support group that offers participants to share, gain new insights and coping skills, and be encouraged.  To register call Teresa Gander 608.637.5201 or Becky Woodke 715.538.1930.


First and Third Monday of the month @ 5:00 pm  -  Young-Onset Dementia Caregiver Support Group
For more information or to register contact Noreen Kralapp at 608-732-3131 or noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org 
 

TUESDAYS

Every Tuesday @ 1:30 pm  -  Caregiver Support Group

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

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 1:00 pm  -  Men's Caregiver Support Group
This is a dementia-specific support group that offers a safe place for participants to share, gain new insights and coping skills, and be encouraged to maintain their own health.  To register, contact Jeff Hamm at 608-232-3400 x 112 or email jeff.hamm@alzwisc.org 

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 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 @ 10:00 am  -  "Conversations" Early Stage Dementia Support Group
This group is for people who have Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and are in the early stage of any type of dementia.  To register contact Noreen Kralapp at 608-732-3131 or noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org 

Every Wednesday at 10:00 am  -  Support Group for Dementia Caregivers
Come to receive support, education, laugh, connectedness with other caregivers or those who are providing support to someone living with dementia. Anyone is welcome!  To register, call 920-675-4035 or e-mail HeatherJ@jeffersoncountywi.gov  There are virtual and call-in options.


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 and Third Wednesday of the Month @ 6:30 pm  -  Adult Child Caregiver Support Group, Dementia Specific
To register contact Noreen Kralapp at 608-732-3131 or noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org


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.

Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month @ 1:30 pm  -  Lewy Body Dementia Caregiver Support Group
For more information or to register contact Janet Wiegel at 608-697-2838 or janet.wiegel@alzwisc.org 

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

Every Thursday @ 1:00 pm  -  Caregiver Support Group - Dementia Specific
A support group for caregivers of those with a dementia diagnosis. Led by Dane County’s Dementia Outreach Specialist, Noreen Kralapp of ADAW.  For more information or to register contact Noreen Kralapp at 608-732-3131 or noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org 


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

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


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.

 

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.

 
The Alzheimer's Association facilitates several virtual support groups including a group for persons living with Mild Cognitive Impairment, a group for male family caregivers, a group for family caregivers for a loved with living in a facility, for a loved one in the early stages of dementia, and for a loved one with Frontotemporal Degeneration.  View Support Group Details here.

 The Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin offers a variety of support groups that can be found on their website.

 

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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.)

 
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.

 
First Wednesday of the month @ 1:00 pm  -  Arts Memory Café
A creative expression and social program that includes a docent-led discussion of works in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA); music, storytelling, and movement by Emily, Jill & Joe; and artmaking led by artist and teacher Christy Grace of ARTS For ALL. Art supplies provided.  Potential participants should contact Noreen Kralapp at noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org or 608-732-3131.

 

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 


Every Thursday @ 11:00 am  -  Think Cap Cafe
Connect, engage and socialize with old friends, and new! Did you know that loneliness, isolation, and sitting all day have been identified as risk factors for Alzheimer’s (the most common type of dementia), and is the 4th leading cause of death for older Black adults? You can reduce your risk for dementia and, in some cases, slow the progression of the disease by being active, connecting socially, and engaging in mental activities.  To register, contact Deana at DeanaW@NewBridgeMadison.org or (608) 512-0000 Ext. 2007

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.


2nd Friday of the month @ 10:00 am  -  Memory Café
Our virtual memory cafes are an opportunity to continue meeting so we stay socially connected while being physically distanced. Please join us on Zoom via computer, tablet, or phone from where you are located.  To register contact Teena Monk-Gerber at teena.monk-gerber@alzwisc.org or 608-843-3544.

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 Monday from 7:00 - 8:00 pm  -  Monday D.I.S.H. (Dementia Informed Super Heroes)

Are you employed and caring for a parent or family member who has dementia?  This group is focused on working children and spouses that are caring for someone with dementia. Join us virtually for support and resources.  To register contact Scott Seeger at 715-261-6066 or email at scott.seeger@adrc-cw.org 


Every Tuesday @ 10:00 am  -  Meeting of Minds
A memory enhancement and support program to help maximize cognitive function and sustain quality of life for those with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, or other dementias.  Pre-registration and an informational interview are required prior to attending. To register contact Noreen Kralapp at 608-732-3131 or noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org 

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 @ 10:00 am  -   Meeting of Minds II
A memory enhancement program for memory loss, Alzheimer’s, or other dementias to help maximize cognitive function and sustain quality of life.  Pre-registration and an informational interview are required prior to attending. Contact Noreen Kralapp at 608-661-0463 or noreen.kralapp@alzwisc.org 

Every Thursday @ 10:30 am  -  Poetry for Life (PFL) 
For people living with dementia, their family, friends, and caregivers. Please join poets Gary Glazner and past Poet Laureate of Madison, Fabu Carter for PFL, a 30-minute-long show. Each week we will perform classic well-loved poems and create an original group poem with the callers. We explore using creativity and imagination and how they may be useful in caring for those with dementia. We share laughter and have fun. This is a Call-in Show - no registration is required, just call (609) 663-1816.  No access code needed.


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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