Alzheimer’s Support Groups in Southern Oregon

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Whether you are a family caregiver or a person with dementia (including but not limited to that resulting from Alzheimer’s Disease), you deserve to connect with those who understand what you are going through.  Share, laugh, cry, vent.  It is so good to know that you are not alone. Learn how others are coping with various aspects of the disease process.  Hear what has and has not worked for them.  Share your own challenges and accomplishments for others to benefit from.

Support Groups for Caregivers:

As the Alzheimer’s Association website, alz.org states, often times we hear caregivers say they are looking for support from people who “really understand because they’ve been there too.”

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group offers just that – a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system.

It’s a place to:

· Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions

· Talk through challenges and ways of coping

· Share feelings, needs and concerns

· Learn about resources available in your community

 

WebMD acknowledges the incredible stress put on family caregivers:

Your role as caregiver to a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease can be very involved.

· You probably keep track of appointments with the doctor, medication schedules, and exercise.

  • You offer the love and support necessary to meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

· You help maintain the quality of life for your spouse, parent, family member, or friend with Alzheimer’s disease.

You are a caregiver. While many patients retain their independence for a period of time after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some need more help with performing daily activities. For others, the diagnosis may come after weeks or months of you coping with symptoms that did not have a name. Regardless of how long you’ve been dealing with dementia or to what degree, in some way it has affected your life and responsibilities — physically, emotionally, or economically.

The most effective caregiver is well informed, prepared, and asks for help and support from all resources that are available.

Alzheimer’s Support Groups for People Experiencing Early Memory Loss and Related Symptoms

Laugh, smile, hug, cry, and learn.  People with early stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia rave about these rewarding and satisfying groups.  Many say that the group meeting is the highlight of their week.  Many form friendships that extend beyond the weekly meetings.  How refreshing it is to be with people who define you by more than your diagnosis.  The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or another cause of dementia can feel like a death sentence and threaten to take over ones identity.  Together, participants in these groups work through practical and personal aspects of the diagnosis, while learning to more deeply appreciate all the strengths they offer, thus thriving in the lives they have now.

In Southern Oregon, the Early Memory Loss support groups are offered simultaneously with the caregiver support groups, making attendance easier for everyone.

 

For more information about the groups, times and places, please contact Marya at info@poweroftheheart.com or

541-601-5341.  Thank you!

Current List of  Alzheimer’s Support Groups in Southern Oregon:

 

Southern Oregon

Support Groups

Every Monday in 8 week sessions:

Medford Senior Center

510 East Main Street

Medford, OR 97504

541-772-2273

11:15 am – 12:15 pm:

Marya Kain, Bill Harris, Jerry Hauck, Ellen Gardner

Alzheimer’s Association Affiliated Early Memory Loss Support Group for someone with a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.

At the same time, there is another support group for the family care givers of the person with early memory loss.

Call to Register: Lori at 541-772-2230

 

Every Monday in 8-session series: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm:

Upstairs in Mountain Meadows Club House

Ashland, Oregon  97520

Alzheimer’s Support Group dual approach: Simultaneous groups for caregivers and the diagnosed individuals.

Call Elizabeth Hallett to register: 541-292-2106

 

Every Tuesday 3:30-4:30 pm:

Barnett Woods (Starting December 2017)

1530 Poplar Drive

Medford, OR 97504

Marya Kain- presents the First Tuesday

(541) 601-5341 (info@poweroftheheart.com)

Alzheimer’s Support Group for people with memory loss and for caregivers.  Each session is primarily educational with a different topic each month.  There is time saved for discussion and sharing toward the end.

 

Every Wednesday 9-10:30 am:

Medford Senior Center

510 East Main Street

Medford, OR  97504

Bill Harris

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated group for caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia.  Drop-in group.  No pre-registration required.

 

Every Wednesday 1:00 – 2:15 or 2:30 pm:

Alzheimer’s Support Group dual approach: Simultaneous groups for caregivers and the diagnosed individuals.

Rogue Valley Manor, Skyline Plaza

One Skyline Drive

Medford, Oregon   97504

Lori Stanton – 541-772-2230

Linda Bellison – 541-857-7157

 

Second Monday 1:00-2:00 am:

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated group for caregivers of someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. 

Rogue Valley Manor, Skyline Plaza

One Skyline Drive

Medford, Oregon   97504

Lori Stanton – 541-772-2230

Linda Bellison – 541-857-7157

 

First Thursday 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Home Instead Senior Care

310 NW A St.

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Kim Myre (541) 613-8615

Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers

Third Thursday 2-3:30pm:

Westminster Presbyterian Church

2000 Oakwood Drive

Medford, Oregon 97504

Marya Kain (541) 601-5341

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Support Group for Caregivers

 

Second Monday, 5:30-7:00 PM

Home Instead Senior Care

81 Freeman Court

Central Point, OR 97502

Indra Nichols (541) 734-2700

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Support Group for Caregivers

Last Thursday 2:00-3:30 PM

Oak Lane Retirement Community

727 SW Rogue River Ave.

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Kim Kasiah (541) 237-4540

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Support Group for Caregivers

 

Third Wednesday 10:30-12:00 PM

CHEC Building

3950 Sherman Ave.

North Bend, OR 97459

Robin O’Neil

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Support Group for Caregivers

 

Third Tuesday 10:00-Noon

Soroptimist Club of Gold Beach

9402 Caughell St.

Gold Beach, OR 97444

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Support Group for Caregivers

Third Wednesday 5:30 to 7 PM

Ashland Senior Center

1699 Homes Ave.

Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 488-5342

Isleen Glatt

Alzheimer’s Association affiliated Support Group for Caregivers (co-sponsored by Ashland Parks and Recreation)

 

Second Wednesday, Telephone Support Group: Megan Melady has started a telephone support group that meets every third Wednesday of the month from 2 to 3:30 PM.  If you know of anyone who would like to attend a support group but does not have one in their area, or can’t leave home, please have them call the helpline to find out about this group: 800-272-3900.

 

Please call facilitator of selected meeting to confirm, prior to attending.

 

Updated October 2017

Note: We hold these support groups as a safe and confidential haven for people experiencing the impact of the disease.  We ask that service providers and product salespeople not attend these meetings.  Occasionally, nursing students will be admitted with prior permission from the participants only.  Thank you.

 

The power of relationship is explored in this hands-on workshop, as well as programming strategies that help us build on the reliable routines of the people we serve, to proactively reduce challenging behaviors.