Dementia Education and Wellness Programs in Minnesota

Care Partners: Essentials for Wellbeing

This is a five-hour educational workshop for families and family caregivers who are providing care or support to a person living with dementia. The experiential workshop covers specific skills and a compassionate approach to caregiving, with topics that include:

  • Dementia: the basics and beyond
  • Shining a light on the experience of caregiving
  • The art of being with the person who has dementia
  • A new way of communicating
  • Stress, coping and resiliency
  • Mindfulness as a form of self-care

Care partner workshops are held in both July and October 2019. Advance registration is required. Call 507-284-1324.

  • Dates: July 17, 24, 31
  • Time: 3-5 p.m. on July 24; 3-4 p.m. on July 17 and 31
  • Location: Assisi Heights, Earth Room, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Date: Oct. 12
  • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Location: Assisi Heights, Earth Room, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, Minnesota

Mindfulness-Based Caring for Dementia Caregivers

This is an eight-week program specifically designed for family care partners of people with dementia. Learn how the practice of mindfulness can help you cope with the challenges and stresses of dementia care. The program includes interactive mindful care practices, gentle yoga, lectures, group sharing and at-home assignments.

There is no cost for this program thanks to the support of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

  • Date: Fridays from Oct. 4 through Dec. 6, 2019
  • Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (5-hour retreat on Nov. 15 at Assisi Heights)
  • Location: Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, 7-110
  • To register, call 507-284-1324 or email Angela M. Lunde at lunde.angela@mayo.edu. Register no later than Sept. 27, 2019.

Frontotemporal Dementia Conference

  • Date: October 2020
  • Check back for more information.

Lewy body dementia education and support

Mayo Clinic is a Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence. Patients with Lewy body dementia are seen across many or all Mayo Clinic locations, and related research is performed at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. The Florida and Minnesota campuses received the Research Centers of Excellence designation based on their specific focus on Lewy body dementia-related clinical and research activities during the past 20 years.

Lewy Body Dementia Knowledge and Support Summit

This summit is a comprehensive educational day for patients, caregivers and families affected by Lewy body dementia. Patients in the earlier stages of the disease are best suited to attend. Care professionals can also attend.

The summit provides information about disease pathology, symptoms, therapies, managing ongoing care, improving day-to-day living, building resilience and current research. Part of the day is spent in a peer-to-peer setting to share experiences and gain opportunities for new relationships and ongoing support. A special breakout session is targeted to care professionals who support people living with Lewy body dementia in a residential or day program setting.

  • Date: April 20, 2020
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Frontotemporal degeneration education and support

Frontotemporal Degeneration Knowledge and Support Summit

This is a comprehensive educational summit for patients, caregivers and families affected by frontotemporal degeneration. Patients in the earlier stages of the disease are best suited to attend. Care professionals can also attend.

The summit provides information about disease pathology, symptoms, therapies, managing ongoing care, improving day-to-day living, building resilience and current research. Part of the day is spent in a peer-to-peer setting to share experiences and gain opportunities for new relationships and ongoing support. A special breakout session is targeted to care professionals who support people living with frontotemporal degeneration in a residential or day program setting.

  • Date: Oct. 1, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Assisi Heights Conference Center, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, Minnesota

Advanced registration is required. Call program coordinator Ryan I. Potaracke at 507-293-9576 or email potaracke@ryan@mayo.edu. Cost is $35 a person for the family rate and $50 a person for the professional rate. Walk-ins without advance registration will not be permitted.

Mild cognitive impairment

Healthy Action to Benefit Independence and Thinking (HABIT)

Mayo Clinic's HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence and Thinking is a ten-day (50 hours total) program for people who have received a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment and their support partners.

HABIT teaches skills for maintaining independence, improving self-esteem and coping with the emotions that arise with this diagnosis. The program builds on existing strengths and recognizes that procedural memory, also known as habit memory, can be used to promote the highest level of function and independence. HABIT is a group-based program — participants attend with other people experiencing mild cognitive impairment and their partners.

Participants in HABIT engage daily in five essential components:

  • Individual memory compensation training
  • Group supportive therapy
  • Yoga
  • Brain fitness
  • Wellness education
  • Dates: Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks.
  • Location: Mayo Clinic's campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota
  • Contact: Call 904-953-8853 for the current meeting schedule or for more information.