Alzheimer's & Dementia

Support Groups and Resources

DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION - SOME MEETINGS ARE VIRTUAL.  Please contact the Alzheimer's Association for information and support - 1-800-272-3900.

Younger Onset Dementia Caregiver Support Group- Virtual


This support group is for caregivers caring for anyone who has received a dementia diagnosis under the age of 65. Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. The groups also educate and inform participants about dementia and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems.

  • When: Second Saturday of each month, 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Where: The Fountains at Hosanna, 9850 163rd Street West, Lakeville (952-435-7199)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: Please call for Zoom meeting information
  • Contact: Alzheimer's Association, 1-800-272-3900
  • Website: hosannalc.org / thefountainsathosanna.com / alz.org

Facing Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group- Virtual & In Person


A group of caregivers meet to learn about dementia and how it affects loved ones and themselves. Caregivers find a place to talk as much as they like about their situation, know that they’re not alone and learn that life experiences of other caregivers can help them day-to-day. People are welcome to come once, monthly or as long as they feel the need.

  • When: First (in person) and third (virtual) Saturdays of each month from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Fountains’ Learning Center. Feel free to come at any time.
  • Where: The Fountains at Hosanna, 9850 163rd Street West, Lakeville (952-435-7199)
  • Cost: FREE, No registration required
  • Registration: Please call for Zoom meeting information
  • Contact: Robin Birkemose, abirk@charter.net, 952-435-7199
  • Website: hosannalc.org / thefountainsathosanna.com 

Memory Care Support Group- Virtual


Worrying and caring for a family member with a chronic illness? Caregivers and family members are invited to this monthly support group giving you a safe place to express your thoughts and feelings while coping with memory loss in a loved one.

  • When: 3rd Tuesday of every month,  2-3 p.m.
  • Where: Augustana Regent at Burnsville, 14500 Regent Lane - 3rd floor Card Room
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: Please call for Zoom meeting information
  • Contact: Amanda Hanson, alhanson@augustanacare.org952-898-8728
  • Website: augustanaregent.com

Dakota County Library Resources


The Dakota County Heritage Library is a community resource dedicated to supporting lifelong learning and enrichment.  The library offers large print books; books on CD; downloadable books, movies, magazines, and music; homebound delivery; and Bifolkal Kits for planning programs with older adults. Library programs cover many topics and are a no-cost way for caregivers and their family members to enjoy time away from home in an accessible building. Library staff is also eager to provide caregiver support by helping locate local resources.  

  • When:
    Monday & Wednesday: 9 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m.-7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                             Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.                                                                                                                                                             Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Luann Phillipich, 952-891-0370 
  • Website: co.dakota.mn.us/libraries

Programs

 

Augustana Open Circle

Adult Day Program
Open Circle Adult Day helps people with changing physical, cognitive and/or social abilities to enjoy a fulfilling life through social connection in a structured and nurturing setting. Members attend for a six-hour day for $100.  (Extended hours are available at an additional cost.) Funding sources are: private, elderly waiver, alternative care grant, V.A. and some long-term care policies.

  • When: MondayFriday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Members enroll for the days and times they desire.
  • Where: Augustana campus, 14610 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley
  • Registration: Required
  • Contact: Cora Cromer, 952-236-2524
  • Website: opencircle.org
  • When: First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. (except July)
  • Where: Park Nicollet, 14000 Fairview Drive, Burnsville
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: None required
  • Contact: Connie Marsolek, 952-993-8739, connie.marsolek@parknicollet.com
  • When: First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. (except July)
  • Where: Park Nicollet, 14000 Fairview Drive, Burnsville
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: None required
  • Contact: Connie Marsolek, 952-993-8739, connie.marsolek@parknicollet.com