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.

Facilitator

Sessions are usually led by Nicholas Deboer, LMSW.

Cost

FREE.

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Upcoming Speakers

September 21, 2021
Topic: Hospice and Palliative Care 101
Presenter: Ashley Dykstra, Hospice of Michigan/Northstar Care Community

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

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

 

Past Speakers

August 17, 2021
Topic: Elder Care Planning: A Legal Perspective
Presenter: Laurie Murphy, Miller Johnson

July 20, 2021
Topic: The Academy: Enjoy learning something new and have fun!
Presenter: Val Cook, Samaritas

June 15, 2021
Topic: Staying Active at Home and in the Community
Presenter: Kristine Schwab, Stepping Stones

May 18, 2021
Topic: SAIDO Learning, the Benefits of Cognitive Therapy
Presenter: Ben Leavell, Waterford Place

April 20, 2021
Topic: Parkinson’s and Big and Loud Therapy
Presenter: Atrio Home Care

March 16, 2021
Topic: Hoarding: What you need to know
Presenter: Kate Wert, Moxie Life Organizing, LLC

February 16, 2021
Topic: What Your Ombudsman can do for you
Presenter: Kaye Scholle, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Adult Well-Being Services

January 19, 2021
Topic: Area Agency on Aging Services and Programs
Presenter: Carly Whetstone, Area Agency on Aging

November 17, 2020
Topic: Hope for the Holidays
Presenter: Gabrielle Cullen, Hospice of Michigan

October 20, 2020
Topic: Navigating the Senior Care Maze
Presenter: Elizabeth Harrell, Crossroads ElderCare Planning

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

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  • Tue Oct 19th 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Integrated Care For Your Loved One (Families & Friends of Aging Adults)

    Integrated Care For Your Loved One (Families & Friends of Aging Adults)

    Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church, Grand Rapids Michigan

    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.
  • Tue Nov 16th 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Handling the Holidays (Families & Friends of Aging Adults)

    Handling the Holidays (Families & Friends of Aging Adults)

    Thornapple Evangelical Covenant Church, Grand Rapids Michigan

    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.

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