Join Us for Family Caregiver University
Join us on Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for
Taking Care to Give Care: Understanding the Importance of Self-Care on the Caregiving Journey
Do guilt or shame ever bubble up inside of you at the words “Self-Care”? Are you, as a caregiver, getting proper sleep, nutrition and exercise? Do you allow yourself time to do things you enjoy? This class will focus on how caregivers can best balance caring for themselves and their loved ones.
Speaker: Raechel Morrow, BA, E-RYT, TCTSY – Grand Rapids Healing Yoga
Location: Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan | 3215 Eaglecrest Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
RSVP: Registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 222-7032. A $5.00 suggested fee per class, payable at door.
Questions: Call 616-222-7032 or visit www.caregiverresource.net
Family Caregiver University: Upcoming Classes
Our next Family Caregiver University class, "Understanding and Treating Depression in Seniors and Caregivers", is Friday, October 27 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. There is still time to register! Call (616) 222-7032 or email email@example.com.
Click here to see our Fall schedule!
Conquering the Kitchen Returns - Cooking Course for Male Caregivers
Our cooking course for Male Caregivers "Conquering the Kitchen" returns with a 4-session course. May 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meal time can be very stressful for family caregivers. Conquering the Kitchen
can reduce that stress and help male caregivers become more comfortable in the kitchen, no matter their cooking skills. Classes are small to allow for interaction with the instructor and other classmates.
• New cooking skills or brush up on old ones
• How to plan a menu
• Ways to make meal time less stressful
• How to follow a recipe
• Locate community resources
To register call (616) 222-7007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $10 is the suggested donation and complimentary respite services can be arranged at the time of registration.
Upcoming Family Caregiver University Class
On Thursday, April 27th from 1:00-3:00pm, Caregiver Resource Network's Family Caregiver University will be presenting Elder Law 101. Do you have an Advanced Directive, a Durable Medical Power of Attorney, a Will or other documents in place? Have you been putting off the conversation with loved ones because you don't know where to start? Come listen to an elder law attorney and caregiver explain what each document is, why you need them and how to get them ready for you or your loved ones.
To register email: email@example.com or call (616) 222-7032. There is a $5 suggested donation per class.
Check out our Spring/Summer calendar for future classes. We look forward to seeing you!
Caregiver Resource Network Brings: 'Mindful Self-Compassion for the Caregiving Journey'
The Caregiver Resource Network is bringing an amazing opportunity to Area Agency on Aging for all caregivers! April Hadley, MSW, from Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness will conduct this four-week class, "Mindful Self-Compassion is the practice of offering kindness to yourself in the midst of difficult experiences. It provides a foundation of emotional strength and resiliency." These classes will offer valuable support to caregivers.
Classes will take place on Wednesday, April 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1:30 - 3:30p. It is important to be able to attend all four sessions, so check your schedules before registering.A $5.00 suggested fee per class is payable at the door. Maximum class size is 20. Register soon! Call: (616) 222-7032 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding Calm as a Caregiver
The Caregiver Resource Network's Family Caregiver University class "Finding Calm as a Caregiver" will be held on December 7, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525).
The event will teach caregivers to build a foundation of clarity and calm in the middle of life's rockiest times so help face the challenges and joys of caregiving with a renewed sense of energy and balance.
Registration is required at email@example.com and a $5 suggessted fee per class is payable at the door.
For more information on the event, click the flyer below.
An Aging Rainbow: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Elders Dec. 5
The Caregiver Resource Network's Diversity Academy present "An Aging Rainbow: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Elders" on Monday December 5, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Wealthy Street Theater (1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI).
The program will provide an overview of topics related to improving care for LGBT elders, with an emphasis on life experiences of LGBT elders, barriers to quality late life experiences, and real-world models for improving LGBT elder care.
Registration is required by November 30th to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the training, including details about speaker Dr. Mira Krishnan, click on the flyer below
Conquering the Kitchen Has Openings for Male Caregivers
Conquering the Kitchen has openings for a class starting Thursday, July 14! The class is hands-on and teaches basic cooking skills, as well as, menu planning and how to navigate the grocery store. Lunch is provided.
Although the class was designed for male caregivers, it is also a great fit for any man who simply want to brush up on their cooking skills. The class is 4 weeks – July 14, 21, 28, and August 4 from 11:00-1:30.
For more information, visit www.aaawm.org/caregivercooking or email email@example.com with any questions.
What is the Michigan CARE Act
The Senate Health Policy Committee passed the Michigan CARE Act, which will help Michigan's 2 million caregivers. The bill now will go to the Senate floor.
Click here to read an article in the Lansing State Journal by Kari Sederburg, Executive Director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for more information on the CARE Act and how it will benefit caregivers and those receiving care.
Caregiver Support Group Meets Fridays at AAAWM
AAAWM is hosting a support group for individuals caring for someone with dementia. The support group meets the second Friday of the month from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at 3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525.
The group is an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group and is designed to provide emotional, education and social support for caregivers.
The group helps caregivers
- evelop skills to solve problems
- ncourages caregivers to maintain their own health (personal, physical and emotional)
- optimally care for the person with dementia
For more information on the support group, contact Julie at (616) 222-7064 .
*please note this support group is only for the caregiver and not for the individual that has dementia. Respite is available by contacting the Alzheimer’s Association. *