Bismarck Parkinson’s Support Group

Chapel at Benedictine Living Community 4580 Coleman Street, Bismarck, ND, United States

Our speaker will be Eunice Meidinger from AARP. Her topic is The Six Pillars of Brain Health: It's never too late to take charge of your brain health. In this interactive session, you will learn about the six pillars of brain-healthy lifestyle, share your brain-boosting activities, and be inspired by others. This session is a good overview for anyone interested in improving their brain health and will provide you with action able steps you can take along with resources to learn more.

Making ‘Cents’ of Caregiving Costs

Online

As you consider elder-care options for yourself or a loved one, we’ll help you plan by gaining insight on costs. About the Event In this session on planning for the financial aspects of caregiving, you’ll be introduced to information caregivers need to more easily manage all the costs and complexities - information on creating a health care plan and budgeting for housing and transportation costs, for example. We’ll explore how to incorporate the financial tips in your caregiving and provide helpful resources such as AARP’s Financial Workbook for Family Caregivers. We hope you’ll leave with the confidence to plan for your own care as well as that of a loved one. How to Join Sign in to your AARP.org account or create an account to register for events. AARP membership is not required. You will receive an email with the Zoom link before class. Explore other free online Caregiving classes and check out AARP Local for events in your state. Contact AARP Florida at flaarp@aarp.org for more information about this event.

A Mindfulness Lunch Break for Caregivers

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The mindfulness practices for caregivers shared in this Mindful Caregiver series will help you go on a restful self-care journey. About the Event  Take a calming lunch break and join Melissa Smith, the founder of Caregiver Wellness Resources, for a series of virtual classes on mindfulness for caregivers. Her organization is dedicated to promoting the well-being of those caring for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Mindful Caregiver series, which runs until early May, focuses on improving caregivers’ quality of life, perseverance and ability to handle stressful situations. Melissa will offer simple mindfulness tools and techniques you can use throughout the day. Her 30-plus years in the wellness industry and understanding of caregiving will ensure that you have - or are equipped to find - the tools you need! How to Join A separate registration is required for each class in this series. Sign in to your AARP.org account or create an account to register for events. AARP membership is not required. You will receive an email with the Zoom link before class. Explore other free online Caregiving classes and check out AARP Local for events in your state. Contact AARP Texas at txaarp@aarp.org for more information about this event.

Recovering Intimacy in PD

Online

Couples who have been living with Parkinson disease (PD) often find that their close, romantic partnership is radically changed by the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments for the disease. They are no longer a couple, but a “patient” and a “caregiver”. Judith Sachs, a certified Dance for PD teacher and Director of Close Contact for Couples with PD, will share innovative touch and communication strategies to help you recover or maintain intimacy while living with Parkinson’s.

APDA Virtual Parkinson’s Conference 2024 (Day 1)

Online

Join us for a FREE two-day event designed to educate, empower, and engage you! Perfect for people with PD, care partners, friends and family, and anyone who wants to learn more. Why should you join us? 25+ incredible speakers! From top medical experts in their field to people with PD ready to share their personal stories – you’ll get a great mix of perspectives and expertise! Lots of opportunities for LIVE Q&A, so get your questions ready! Concurrent sessions let you choose the topics you’re most interested in. It’s free! What will you learn? We’ve got a great two-day program for you! Some highlights include: Updates on new PD research Evidence-based nutrition Intimacy and PD The role of inflammation and the environment Planning for the future Ambiguous loss and PD – living with uncertainty Panel discussions featuring people with PD and the professionals who work with them Fun, interactive activities including singing and voice exercises, drumming, meditation and mindfulness, exercise! And much more! The program runs approximately 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET each day (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT).

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group – Bismarck (Feb)

Dream Center - Conference Room on 2nd Floor 1805 Park Ave, Bismarck, North Dakota

Build a support system with people who understand. Alzheimer’s Association® caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to: • Develop a support system. • Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. • Talk through issues and ways of coping. • Share feelings, needs and concerns. • Learn about community resources. 2nd Wednesday of each month starting at 5:30 PM CST Dream Center (Conference Room on 2nd Floor) - 1805 Park Ave, Bismarck Facilitator contact: Lisa Bennett lisab2221@gmail.com

APDA Virtual Parkinson’s Conference 2024 (Day 2)

Online

Join us for a FREE two-day event designed to educate, empower, and engage you! Perfect for people with PD, care partners, friends and family, and anyone who wants to learn more. Why should you join us? 25+ incredible speakers! From top medical experts in their field to people with PD ready to share their personal stories – you’ll get a great mix of perspectives and expertise! Lots of opportunities for LIVE Q&A, so get your questions ready! Concurrent sessions let you choose the topics you’re most interested in. It’s free! What will you learn? We’ve got a great two-day program for you! Some highlights include: Updates on new PD research Evidence-based nutrition Intimacy and PD The role of inflammation and the environment Planning for the future Ambiguous loss and PD – living with uncertainty Panel discussions featuring people with PD and the professionals who work with them Fun, interactive activities including singing and voice exercises, drumming, meditation and mindfulness, exercise! And much more! The program runs approximately 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET each day (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT).

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group – Fargo (Feb)

Olivet Lutheran Church (Lounge) 1330 S University Dr,, Fargo, North Dakota, United States

Build a support system with people who understand. Alzheimer’s Association® caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to: • Develop a support system. • Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. • Talk through issues and ways of coping. • Share feelings, needs and concerns. • Learn about community resources.   Third Thursday of each month from 6:30-7:30 PM CST Olivet Lutheran Church (Lounge) - 1330 S University Dr., Fargo Contact: 800.272.3900

Caregiver Skills Building Class

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Thinking Changes: What to Say, Things to Do Taught by: Melissa Pellinen, MA, CCC- SLP Free virtual class Register at spc@parknicollet.com

Keeping Close: Intimacy for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Join us for a virtual conversation on the changing nature of intimate relationships as dementia progresses. Take a deeper look into understanding how relationships can change during the dementia caregiving process. Discover ways to cope with accompanying feelings, maintain healthy relationships, and know when to seek help. During the second portion, we will explore perceptions of intimacy and sexuality in aging for those in long-term care settings. Discussion topics include intimacy and sexual expression as a resident right, the challenges residents face regarding exercising their right to intimacy and sexual expression, identify LGBTQ+ considerations, and planning for care that respects a resident’s sexuality. Presenters JULIE PRASKA-MOSER, CMC Program Manager Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND ANGELA HAUGER, PH.D., L.P. Gerontology Program Director Professor of Psychology, The College of St. Scholastica KIESSA WEBSTER, LSW MN Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care