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Alzheimer’s Support Groups in Southern Oregon

Scroll past this introduction to view current support group list. 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...

Strength-Based Communication with Your Loved One Experiencing Dementia

Having Trouble Communicating with Your Loved One with Dementia? “Don’t you remember???”  So often I hear people attempting to help the person with dementia, by reminding, explaining and quizzing.  While well intended, they are actually creating frustration for themselves and their loved ones by talking to the front part of the brain, the part that is not working as well as it once did. The...

Self-Care Planning

Are you stressed???   Alarmingly, 65% of the time, family caregivers predecease their loved one! Anytime we are "on alert", feel shocked, overwhelmed, or excluded, our fight/flight system is activated.  This response is designed to protect us in times of danger, and made to last only 20 minutes or so.  We are not designed to live in a continual state of fight or flight.   Many caregivers, however,...

The Dorsal Anterior Cingulate Cortex: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

When I am at the store and the clerk clicks her tongue and sighs when I pull out my wad of coupons, I don't slap her. Why not? Maybe a better question to start with is "Why would I?" Here's why. When we perceive that we are being disapproved of, rejected, or left out, the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) sends the exact same signal to the fight/flight center of the brain as it would if we...

Powerful Tools for Family Caregivers: What is it? How do I register?

Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving is an educational program designed to help family caregivers (no professional caregivers, please). This program will help you take care of yourself while caring for an older relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. This...