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Duke Dementia Family Support Program

We’re still here for you! Our team is working remotely to offer education, consultation and support. Don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone (919-660-7510). 

 

 

Upcoming Support Group Dates 

All of our support groups are meeting using Zoom, where participants can connect by video or telephone on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC. If you have not previously participated in a support group, but are interested in joining now, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below.

African American Dementia Care Partners Support Group: Every third Tuesday at 7 p.m., contact Tiffany for info, 919-660-7508.

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Long-Term Care Community Support Group: Every third Tuesday at noon, contact Natalie for information, 919-660-7542.

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Duke Dementia Morning Care Partners: Every second Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., contact Bobbi for info, 919-660-7509.

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Younger-Onset: Every second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., contact Janeli if joining for the first time, 919-660-7565.

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Daughters: Every first and third Wednesday at noon, contact Natalie for info, 919-660-7542.

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Duke Dementia Evening Care Partners: Every second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m, contact Natalie for info, 919-660-7542.

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PLWD Group: Every third Monday at 11:00 a.m. contact Janeli for info, 919-660-7565.

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At this time, we are planning to meet virtually through the remainder of 2021. We will continue to evaluate the situation as the year progresses and offer plenty of warning if the group structure will change.


COME ZOOM WITH US!

A Program of Duke Dementia Family Support Program

COME ZOOM WITH US! is an umbrella of virtual services to provide opportunities for engagement, connection, and stimulation for people living with dementia (PLWD) and educational webinars for their families in the face of unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19.

Come Sing with Us!

Click here to see former performances. Enjoy and watch them as often as you would like. 


Caregiver Connections

 

Stories from the Trenches: Practical Advice for Families Caring for Aging Loved Ones

Wednesday, November 10 at 11AM EST

Speaker: Liisa Ogburn, Owner of Aging Advisors of NC

A well respected elder consultant with years of experience in the field shares her knowledge around successful caregiving strategies. Hear about options for care, local resources and navigating challenging caregiving decisions.

Liisa Ogburn is an elder consultant with her own agency, Aging Advisors NC, who also writes and reports on aging issues for WRAL. Liisa came to the field through the doorway of personal experience taking care of her father-in-law in their home, which she wrote about for the New York Times. Her writing and work have been featured in the New York Times, Runner’s World, Academic Medicine, Psychology Today, Huffington Post and other places.

Click on this link, the day of the event to access Zoom meeting or dial in by calling 1-646-876-9923, Meeting ID: 965 7747 1018, Password: 3513

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Innovative Tools and Strategies to Reduce Stress Experienced by People Living with Dementia

Tuesday, December 14 at 1PM EST

Speaker: Melissa Harris, PhD, RN, Duke School of Nursing

People living with dementia often experience and respond to stress differently than people without dementia. Unmanaged stress can result in challenging symptoms like agitation, anxiety, and poor sleep for the person diagnosed, which can also impact the well-being of the caregiver and their ability to provide care. This presentation will detail several tools and strategies that can be used in the home to help manage stress experienced by a loved one with dementia, including:

  • Light therapy
  • Weighted blankets
  • Animatronic pets

Melissa Harris is a registered nurse and research fellow at Duke University. Her research focuses on stress experienced by people living with dementia and their families, more specifically she is interested in developing and testing innovative tools to help reduce stress and promote well-being for families living with dementia.

Click on this link, the day of the event to access Zoom meeting or dial in by calling 1-646-876-9923, Meeting ID: 965 7747 1018, Password: 3513

Want to share the event flyer? Click here.

Caregiver Connections: An Educational Webinar Series with the Experts. Take a look at our Caregiver Connections tab to view past presentations from the experts.


Upcoming Programs Events and Engagement Opportunities

EVENTS

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

-> Six consecutive Mondays, October 11 – November 15, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

White Memorial Church, 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh

Contact Lisa Hoskins for more information and to register. 919-460-0567

View the full flyer here.

The curriculum, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is an educational program that provides caregivers with tools and strategies to better cope with their unique challenges. Classes are conducted by The Center for Volunteer Caregiving and Resources for Seniors

 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITES

2021 Caregiver Symposium Hosted by Adult Children of Aging Parents

Friday, November 5, 1:00-4:15 p.m. Via Zoom. Registration required. No cost to attend.

For more information and to register, click here.

Caring and Coping: When a Loved One Has Dementia, presented by Teepa Snow. The symposium will help families and professionals who interact with people who have dementia learn how to better care for the person and cope with the inherent challenges. Symposium attendees will learn about the many forms of dementia and what happens with brain changes, become aware of recent research findings, and gain practical tips for a positive approach to interacting with and caring for a loved one or client with dementia.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

The curriculum, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is an educational program that provides caregivers with tools and strategies to better cope with their unique challenges. Here are a few local opportunities coming up for you to join!

In-Person Option Hosted by Kerr Tarr Area Agency on Aging

Six consecutive Tuesdays, November 2-December 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Granville County Senior Center, 107 Lanier St., Oxford

Contact Susan Tucker for more information and to register. 252-436-2040

 

Virtual Option Hosted by Kerr Tarr Area Agency on Aging

Six consecutive Tuesdays, November 2-December 7, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Contact Susan Tucker for more information and to register. 252-436-2040

Engagement Opportunities

 

Music and Memory Hosted by Jewish For Good 

This new program will meet monthly for six sessions beginning Thursday, October 21st. Over Zoom, it will be led by music therapist, Alie Chandler from Ossia Therapy. To register please contact Jordana Brown, 919-354-4924. There is no cost to attend, no affiliation with Jewish For Good required, and open to residents outside of Durham County.

Orange County Memory Cafe on the Move

–> Wednesday, November 17, 11:00 a.m.-noon

Eno River Farm, 2127 St. Marys Rd., Hillsborough

Register by Friday, November 12 at 5 p.m.

Kendall Kopchick, 919-245-4278

View the flyer of upcoming Memory on the Move locations here.

Open to All – Not Required to Live in Orange County

Orange County Memory Cafes

–> Monday, November 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 

Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Rd., Chapel Hill

RSVP and Masks Required.

Kendall Kopchick, 919-245-4278

Open to All – Not Required to Live in Orange County

Reflections Art Talks with the Nasher Museum of Art

The Nasher Museum of Art is now offering both virtual and in-person tours. If you are interested in learning more about this free engagement opportunity, please contact Natalie.


The Duke Dementia Family Support Program provides consultation, education and support to people living with dementia and their care families. We also consult with professionals caring for people living with dementia and Duke employees seeking help with elder care decisions.