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What is the Michigan CARE Act

12/7/2015 8:15am

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.

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Caregiver Support Group Meets Fridays at AAAWM

7/21/2015 9:03am

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. *

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Space Available at Family Caregiver University Class

2/9/2015 9:30am

Family Caregiver University’s First Aid & Emergency Preparedness Training on February 18, 2015 is still accepting registrations. 

The class will feature speaker Nancy Christiansen, RN Clinical Care Coordinator at DMS at Home. Christiansen will walk participants through basic first aid assessment and skills training.  This session will include signs, symptoms and interventions for:  stroke, heart attack, shock, choking, bleeding, trauma, diabetes, breathing difficulties, falls and infection control.  Participants will gain tools for Emergency Preparedness which will help calm fears and help with successful interventions and care.  The first twenty enrollees will receive a free First Aid Certification Card and Workbook.

The class will be held at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525) from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.. There is a suggested $5 fee for the class, payable at the door. Registration is required and can be made over the phone at (616) 222-7032 or by emailing registration@aaawm.org. Registration is not complete until a confirmation message is received.

 For more information on this, and all the Family Caregiver University Classes, including the March 18th Technology to Manage Medications and Care, visit www.familycaregiveruniversity.org.

Family Caregiver University is a program of the Caregiver Resource Network, a collaboration of over 150 organizations dedicated to caregiver issues. For more information on the Caregiver Resource Network, visit www.caregiverresource.net.

 

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Family Caregiver University Holds First Class

1/23/2015 10:15am

The Family Caregiver University held its first class Wednesday, “Fall Prevention and Home Safety.”   The topic was presented by Michelle Howard (Holland Home), Joanne Feutz (Disability Advocates) and Barb Nelson Jandernoa (Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan).  Thirteen caregivers attended the class and the feedback was very positive. All those who attended learned new skills to make their home safer for the person they are caring for.

The next session, February 18, will focus on first aid and emergency preparedness.  For more information on the February class, or future monthly classes, visit www.caregiverresource.net. Family Caregiver University is a new initiative of the Caregiver Resource Network. 

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Finding Calm as a Caregiver-New Session Added

10/30/2014 12:00pm

The November 7, 2014 event, Finding Calm as a Caregiver, is full, but a second date has been added for December 10, 2014. Registration is required by December 3, 2014. 

Being a family caregiver can be stressful.  This program will help caregivers build a foundation of clarity and calm in the midst of life’s rockiest times as they face the challenges and joys of caregiving with a renewed sense of energy and balance. Click here to view the event flyer for more details.

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Finding Calm as a Caregiver

10/23/2014 11:00am

In recognition of National Family Caregiver Month, the Caregiver Resource Network presents: “Finding Calm as a Caregiver.”

Being a family caregiver can be stressful.  This program will help caregivers build a foundation of clarity and calm in the midst of life’s rockiest times as they face the challenges and joys of caregiving with a renewed sense of energy and balance. Click here to view the event flyer for more details.

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Dementia Support Group for Caregivers

12/17/2013 2:30pm

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan 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.
 
For more information on 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. *

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#1 Susan Laninga said:

Is this group still ongoing? The dates are for two years ago!!

#2 webmaster said:

Susan, yes this group is still meeting at the same time and location! I have also emailed you the flyer which provides some additional information. I'm sure they would love to have you at this group!

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Caregiver Resource Network Family Caregiver Series:

10/22/2013 2:00pm

The Caregiver Resource Network is hosting three events in November for family caregivers. All events will take place at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525).

 

Event Topics and Dates:

Relax, Indulge and be Pampered

Friday, November 8, 2013 – 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM

I’m too Young to have Alzheimer’s

Friday, November 15, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Starting the Conversation

Friday, November 22, 2013 – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Click here for more information, including registration information.

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November Family Caregiver Series a Success

12/3/2012 9:50am

The Caregiver Resource Network’s Family Caregiver Series was a “great success,” says Anne Ellermets, Contract Coordinator at Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan and staff liaison to the group.  The Caregiver Resource Network (CRN) provided a month long list of complimentary activities geared towards family caregivers. Events included everything from a pie contest to local experts, authors and family portraits. Topics included financial and legal concerns, end of life issues as well as caregiver stress and Alzheimer ’s disease. Most of all the CRN feels they were able to reach a variety of family caregivers through the series.

“Caregivers often have hectic schedules and may not feel they have the time to get additional information or take time for themselves,” says Ellermets. “The fact that we had nearly 500 people attend events over the month speaks not only to the volume of family caregivers, but to the fact that information like this is needed and wanted. The organizations involved did a great job of providing interesting, engaging and entertaining events for the caregivers to attend.”   

The CRN is a collaboration of over 110 community organizations helping serve caregivers throughout West Michigan. For more information on their programs and resources, visits www.caregiverresource.net.

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Family Caregiver Series Starts November 1

10/30/2012 1:05pm

The Caregiver Resource Network's November Family Caregiver Series starts November 1st and lasts all month long. The series, consisting of 22 events, is targeted to family caregivers and includes a wide variety of topics and event types.

Some are more educational, including authors and local experts; while other events are more interactive such as family portraits or baking demonstrations.  All events are complimentary and open to the public.

Event times range throughout the day with locations throughout Kent County.

For more information, including a complete list of all the events, visit www.caregiverresource.net.

The Caregiver Resource Network is a collaboration of over 100 West Michigan organizations dedicated to helping family and professional caregivers.

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