Adult Daughters Caring for their Mothers
Address mother-daughter relationship issues which are unique to this caregiving role. This group is open to all women who are involved in providing support for their mothers in their homes, in facilities or long distance. Facilitated by Carin Mack, MSW, and Jane B.G. Tornatore, Ph. D. Meets at the GSC the 1st Wednesday of each month. Mar. 5, April 2, May 7, Jun 4; 4-5:30pm.
Support and resources for family caregivers of those living with dementia. Meets at University Congregational Church: 4515 16th Ave NE. Meets Feb. 19, Mar. 5 & 19, Apr 3 & 17, May 7 & 21, Jun 4 & 18; 1:30-3pm. A partnership with:
Provides education, resources and coping skills to family members and caregivers of those living with Parkinson's disease. Meets at GSC the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10; 1-2:30pm.
Early Stage Memory Loss
For those diagnosed with mild memory loss issues. Support group meets 1st Tuesday of each month to discuss coping, communication and other areas of concern. Screening with Carin required before participation. Call 206.230.0166 for details. Mar. 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3; 10:30am-noon. A partnership with:
ESML Caregiver Support Group: Adult Children
Monthly group for any adult child who is a caregiver of someone with early stage memory loss. No respite available. Meets at GSC on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Feb. 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, Jun 18; 9:15-10:30am. A partnership with:
ESML Caregiver Support Group: Spouses
Monthly group for any spouse who is a caregiver of someone with early stage memory loss. Respite available. Meets at GSC on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Feb. 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, Jun 18; 10:30am-noon. A partnership with:
After the age of 65, many older adults are living alone. New challenges and issues can arise that we may be uncertain how to handle. Come to share experiences and thoughts. Meets at GSC. Feb. 19, Mar. 5 & 19, Apr 2 & 16, May 7 & 21, Jun 4 & 18; 11am-noon.
Loving Someone Who Has Dementia
This support group is open to family members caring for a loved one with dementia. Prerequisite: must read the book by Pauline Boss to attend group. Call Carin to learn the chapter being discussed. Meets at GSC. Mar. 3, 2-3pm; Apr 7, May 5, June 2, 1:30-2:30 pm.* *NOTE: Time change.
Senior Parents Of Adult Children With Mental Illness
Explores resources, education and coping skills related to mental illness, alcohol and addiction problems. Meets at Crown Hill United Methodist Church, 8500 14th Ave NW. Mar. 11 (special talk: Siblings), Apr 8, May 13, Jun 10; 10am-noon.
Women's Friendship Group: Ourselves Growing Older
In this group with Carin Mack and Ruth McCormick, we will explore our aging in an open and personal way. This ongoing discussion group is for women only, Feb 26, Mar 5 & 26; 1-2:30 pm.
Writing The Caregiver's Story
Thursdays, Apr 3-24, 10 am-12 pm. $30 PNA Members/ $45 Public.
Keeping a written account of your caregiving experience can help you remember the ups, as well as the downs, of caregiving. It can help you focus, refine your thoughts, counter isolation and loneliness, while also helping you to develop creative writing skills. The instructor will help you record your caregiving story via in-class writing exercises and discussion. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Instructor Esther Altshul Helfgott is a nonfiction writer and poet. Her work on caregiving appears in "Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease," Journal of Poetry Therapy, FragLit & elsewhere. She is the author of the blog "Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View" (2008-2012) and the book "Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Diary & Poems." www.estherhelfgott.com. This program is sponsored by the Washington Health Foundation. Register at 206.297.0875.
Powerful Tools For Caregivers
Thursdays, May 1-Jun 5, 9:30 am-12 pm. Free.
This six-week evidence-based course is for family caregivers. The curriculum provides tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. Registration required. Class limit of 13 participants. The Caregiver Helpbook will be available for purchase. Register at 206.297.0875
Hoarding Support Group
3rd Thursdays, Ongoing, 6-7pm or 7-8pm. $10 suggested donation.
Gretchen Glass, MA, Marriage and Family Therapist from the Community Psychiatric Clinic, is the facilitator for this Hoarding Support Group. Support for loved ones affected by hoarders provided from 6-7pm, followed by a support group for those who are struggling to overcome their own hoarding behaviors from 7-8pm. All are welcome to attend regardless of payment. RSVP is suggested but not required by phone at 253.444.8469.
Weight Loss Support Group
2nd Wednesdays, Mar 12*, May 14, Jun 11, Ongoing, 2:30-4pm. Free.
Join Christine Davidson, registered dietician from Neighborcare Health, for this monthly group supporting participants in losing weight and keeping it off. Topics include meal planning, healthy snack ideas, tips to boost metabolism and how to build exercise into your routine. Call 206.548.2940 if you have questions about this group. *No April meeting.