Alzheimer's & Dementia

Support Groups and Resources

Younger Onset Dementia Caregiver Support Group


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, 9:3011 a.m.
  • Where: The Fountains at Hosanna!, 9850 163rd Street West, Lakeville (952-435-7199)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: None required
  • Contact: Alzheimer's Association, 1-800-272-3900
  • Website: hosannalc.org / thefountainsathosanna.com / alz.org

Pastime: A Memory Cafe


The group is for people with memory loss and their caregivers to experience a relaxing , fun and comfortable setting with others. A chance to socialize, laugh and return to a time before memory loss. Light refreshments will be served. 

  • When: Third Saturday of the month, 10-11 a.m.
  • Where: Methodist Walker Highview Hills, 20150 Highview Avenue, Lakeville (952-985-9001)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: 952-985-9019
  • Contact: Violet schroeder, vschroeder@walkermethodist.org, 952-985-9019
  • Websitewalkermethodist.org
No Memory Cafe on September 15 - instead join the Highview Hills team as they Walk to End Alzheimer's at the Target Center.  Contact Violet at 952-985-9019 for more information. 

Caregiver Support Group


This group provides a supportive environment where questions are answered, ideas for coping are discussed and friendships shared. The group can help assist people in dealing with emotions, frustration and changes that accompany this disease. 

  • 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, connie.marsolek@parknicollet.com, 952-993-8739

Facing Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group


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 and third Saturdays of each month from 1011:30 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
  • Registration: None required
  • Contact: Robin Birkemose, abirk@charter.net, 952-484-6469
  • Website: hosannalc.org / thefountainsathosanna.com 

Memory Care Support Group


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: Last Wednesday of every month,  2-3 p.m.
  • Where: Augustana Regent at Burnsville, 14500 Regent Lane - 3rd floor Card Room
  • Cost: FREE
  • Registration: None required
  • 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–Thursday: 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    Sunday: 1–5 p.m.
    Summer hours (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
    Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed 
  • Where: 20085 Heritage Drive, Lakeville
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Luann Phillipich, 952-891-0370 
  • Website: co.dakota.mn.us/libraries

Programs


Dementia Support Group

Dementia Support group is for loved ones of those with memory loss. A chance to learn and socialize in a safe and comfortable environment. Make connections with others who also have loved ones with cognitive decline.
Topic: Grief and Loss

 

  • When: Thursday, November 8, 5 p.m.
  • Where: Walker Methodist Highview Hills, 2nd floor theater
  • Cost: FREE
  • Contact: Violet Schroeder, vschroeder@walkermethodist.org, 952-985-9019

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 $87.  (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: Patty Crawford, 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