The Minnesota Stroke Association will present education sessions about caregiving through the Caregiver Advocacy and Resource Education (CARE) Program. The program will also include 30 minutes social time for caregivers to connect and benefit from the experience, skills, and wisdom of other caregivers.

To register, please go to www.strokemn.org or call 763.553.0088.

Make Wellness a Priority
January 15 – Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
Caregivers are at increased risk for a number of health problems, and self-care is a crucial factor in addressing these concerns Attend this seminar and learn how to take care of yourself both psychologically and physically.

Senior LinkAge Line – Who They Are and What They Do
February 19 – Senior Linkage Line Staff
This presentation will cover the roll of the SLL and how the SLL provides resource connections for consumers to promote choice and independence. They will specifically highlight how the SLL helps people with questions about Medicare benefits and options; talks people through how to age and live well in the community of their choice; and identifies caregivers to connect them to resources available to support them. This presentation includes an introduction to their public database, www.MinnesotaHelp.info.

Substitute Decision-making: Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Power of Attorney
March 19 – Lutheran Social Services
This session will discuss some of the concepts that underlie substitute decision-making. This session will help caregivers to better understand the roles of guardian, conservator, and power of attorney.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors
April 16 – Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

New to Medicare (90 minutes)
May 21 – Minnesota Board on Aging
This presentation reviews what is covered by Parts A, B, C and D of medicare, as well as Medicare supplement options available. The enrollment process and options for enrollment in Medicare will be discussed along with the personal costs of the program.

Stroke and Brain Damage: Tips for the Caregiver
June 18 – Minnesota Stroke Association
A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death. After stroke, behavioral changes occur and can vary based on the stroke’s severity and the part of the brain in which the stroke occurs. Caregivers can take steps to help stroke survivors deal with limitations of brain injury, once their limitations are recognized. This session will provide tips for caregivers on how to better understand and deal with those limitations.