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Families & Friends of Aging Adults

Families & Friends of aging adults

Support Group

This group has resumed in-person meetings. For more information, please call Cindy or Amy from Pine Rest at 616.281.6363 x2450.

What is normal aging behavior? Where can I turn for help? How can I cope with my guilt? Does anyone understand how I feel?

If you struggle with any of these questions, this group may be for you. Our support group for Families & Friends of Aging Adults is designed specifically for those who are caregivers to older adults, and provides an opportunity to gather information, gain answers and grow.

What to expect:

  • Information – Past topics have included financial planning, coping with hearing loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, managing stress and guilt, and much more.
  • Ideas – Fresh thoughts about how to manage, where to call, how to get help, how to solve problems.
  • Encouragement – Other caregivers understand your situation better than anyone else.
  • Support – A positive atmosphere can help you overcome the challenging tasks involved in caring for loved ones.
  • Confidentiality – Your personal and family concerns are not shared outside the group.

New members are welcome to join at any time.


Sessions are usually led by Nicholas Deboer, LMSW.

Upcoming Speakers

March 15, 2022
Topic: Common Legal Issues Caregivers Face
Presenter: Sean Cox, Attorney and Counselor

April 19, 2022
Topic: New Advances in Alzheimer’s Treatment
Presenter: Jean Barnas, Alzheimer’s Association

May 17, 2022
Topic: My Journey Through Home and Community Based Care
Presenter: Kendra Schumaker, SarahCare

June 21, 2022
Topic: Prepare to Care: Creating a Plan
Presenter: Jennifer Feuerstein, AARP

July 19, 2022
Topic: Activities and Engagement for Persons Living with Dementia
Presenter: Renee Parham and Christina Turkewyzc, Clark Retirement Community

August 16, 2022
Topic: A Personal Journey of Caregiving
Presenter: Eric Britcher

September 20, 2022
Topic: Why a Memory Care Community is Beneficial
Presenter: Ben Leavell, Waterford Place

October 18, 2022
Topic: What You Need to Know about Dementia: Diagnosis, Treatment and Caregiving Tips
Presenter: Dr. Jessica O’Mara, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

November 15, 2022
Topic: When It’s Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Presenter: Kathy Bartels, Grace Hospice

Past Speakers

February 15, 2022
Topic: Promoting Healthy Independence
Presenter: Rashea Nidefski, Care Resources PACE

January 18, 2022
Topic: Where Do We Go From Here?
Presenter: Sharon Landman, Story Point

November 16, 2021
Topic: Handling the Holidays
Presenter: Ashley Huisman, Emmanuel Hospice

October 19, 2021
Topic: Integrated Care for your Loved One
Presenter: Jane Lindeman and Lauren Guttersen, Reliance Community Care Partners


For more information, please call Cindy or Amy from Pine Rest at 616.281.6363 x2450.

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