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: / /

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, 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, 952-484-6469,
  • Website: / 

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  952-898-8728 or
  • Website:

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:


Dementia Friends Presentation

Learn now to make a difference for people touched by dementia by understanding what dementia is and how it affects people. Join us as we help Lakeville become Dementia Friendly.

  • When: Wednesday, June 13 at 1 p.m.
  • Where: Lakeville Heritage Center, 20110 Holyoke Avenue
  • Registration: None required
  • Contact: Renee Brekken, 952-985-4622,

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:

Ecumen Memory Care Cafe

Explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer's. Learn to decode the verbal and  behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease..

  • When: Tuesday, May 22  6-7 p.m.
  • Where: Ecumen Seasons at Apple Valley, 15359 Founders Lane, Apple Valley, MN  55124
  • Registration: RSVP to   952-891-9143
  • Website: