Groups -- Caregivers

Caregivers (Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia)

Champaign

Amber Glen - Caring for Dementia (2006 F,S)
This group holds open discussions for people caring for someone with dementia or people who want to understand dementia better. This often leads to discussion of the emotional ups and downs that come with having a loved one with dementia. Meets 3rd Thurs. 11:00 a.m. Amber Glen back lounge, 1704 E. Amber Lane, Urbana.
Call: Diane Rock (217) 384-0100
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National Website: jeaseniorliving.com
Write: 1704 E. Amber Lane, Urbana, IL 61802

Circle of Friends Adult Day Center Caregivers Support Group (1996 A,P)
This group is open to the community and offers expertise in dementia/Alzheimer's care support for caregivers. This group is led by professional educators, specializing in Alzheimer's and dementia care giving. Leaders offer behavior management tips for dementia/Alzheimer’s disease-related behavior problems often experienced in the home. This is an Alzheimer's Association approved support group. Meets 1st and 3rd Wed., 12:00-1:00 p.m., 609 W. Washington, Champaign.
Call: Kathy Rhoads (Certified Dementia Practitioner)- (217) 359-7937
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Local Website: circleoffriendsadc.net
Write: Kathy Rhoads, MSW, LCSW, Circle of Friends Adult Day Center, 609 W. Washington St., Champaign, IL 61820-3332

Memory Loss Support Group (1984 F,P/L)
This group provides support, encouragement, and information for primary caregivers. Group literature is available. Meets 3rd Thurs., 10:00-11:00 a.m., Adult Day Center, 500 S. Art Bartell Road, Urbana. Call before attending the first meeting.
Call: Shay Carter- (217) 693-5005
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Write: Champaign County Nursing Home, 500 Art Bartell Rd., Urbana, IL 61802

Men's Caregivers Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Groups (2015 F,L)
This men's support group meets multiple times weekly to provide support to caregivers, widowers and spouses of those with Alzheimer's/dementia. Meets Mondays, 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel, Tuesdays, 9:00a.m. - 10:30 a.m.; Wednesdays, 10:00a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Y Community Room, Stephens Family YMCA, 2501 Fields S Dr, Champaign.
Call: Phil Hoggatt (217) 840-7219 or Kayla Carleton (217) 239-4955
Email: -
Local Website: sf-ymca.net
National Website: www.ymca.net

Minds in Motion (2007 F,P)
This program enhances the mental, physical, and cognitive functioning of older adults including those diagnosed with early memory loss. Activities include “brain fitness” activities (mental exercises, games, memory enhancement), exercises (taiji, dance, strength, and endurance training), relaxation therapies, creative activities (art, writing, music, and storytelling), social activities, and community events. Family members of individuals with early memory loss focus on self-care while creating positive activities for themselves and their family members. Call to verify meeting times. Meets Thurs., 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 210 W. Church St., Champaign.
Call: Program Coordinator Alice Faron (217) 359-1079 or Program Director Sandy Burgener, PhD (217) 898-4251 for current meeting dates, information, or to enroll in the program
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Women's Dementia Support Group (2016 F,L)
This group is a lay person-led support group for women who are spouses and/or caregivers of a family member with dementia. Leadership is shared among those in attendance. Discussions focus on sharing suggestions for caregiving, available resources, and provision of support to one another. Meets on Mondays from 10:30 - 12:00 p.m., Stephens Family YMCA, 2501 Fields South Drive, Champaign, IL.
Call: Kathy Vance (217) 493-4228
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Macon

Alzheimer's Disease Support Group- Macon County (2015 F,P)
This support group is open to any caregiver who is caring for a person with Alzheimer's Disease or other form of dementia. Support and education services provided. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Macon County Health Department (main conference room), 1221 E. Condit, Decatur.
Call: Sally Williams or Carol Logan- 217-423-6988
Email: -
Local Website: maconcountyhealth.org

Macon Memories Memory Cafe (2015 F,P)
This support group is open to caregivers and care-receivers who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other form of dementia. This social group offers support, socialization and enrichment activities, including memory games, music, art, and other physical games. Education services are also provided. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays at 1:00 p.m. at Eagle Ridge of Decatur, 875 W. McKinley, Decatur. (Use lower level back entrance; group meets in the lower-level activity room.)
Call: Sally Williams or Carol Logan- 217-423-6988
Email: -
Local Website: maconcountyhealth.org

Vermilion

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group (2007 F,P)
This group provides education and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. Meets 3rd Thurs., 5:00-6:00 p.m., Hawthorne Inn, 3222 Independence Dr., Danville.
Call: Kim LeLoup (217) 431-1600, ext. 5
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Write: Kim LeLoup - Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, Hawthorne Inn, 3222 Independence Dr., Danville, IL 61832

Telephone Support Group for Caregivers of Veterans with Dementia (2016 A,P)
The VA Illiana Health Care System provides a telephone support group free of charge to anyone who provides care in the home to a Veteran with dementia, or a Veteran who provides care in the home for a family member with dementia. The Veteran must be enrolled in VA, must have a VA primary care physician and a diagnosis of dementia (any type), made by a VA provider. To participate, you must be the person who provides hands-on care to the Veteran. Caregivers will participate in a one hour, once-a-week group telephone call, for six consecutive weeks. The call is toll-free. The group will focus on skill-building in the areas of problem solving and mood management and will provide an opportunity to share with and learn from other group members.
Call: Mike Hedin (217) 554-5126
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