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Aging in place caregiver workshop is planned

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Aging in Place Caregiver Workshop: Aging in Place Midwest is offering a unique workshop through Hastings Community Education. You will learn how to: 1)Care for, work with, and honor your aging parents, 2) Prioritize changes that may need to be made 3) Understand the best senior living products, services and remodeling options and 4) Create an Aging in Place Plan. This workshop will be offered twice on Tuesday, April 30, either from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $19 per attendee. Contact Community Education to register, 651-480-7674.

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Memory loss support

The Memory Loss Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the private dining room at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-404-1383 for more information.

Vision loss support

The Vision Loss Support Group meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the activities kitchen at Regina Medical Center. Contact Kim Schrader at 651-404-1383 for more information.

Caregiver's reflections

Here is one caregiver's reflections on caring for older loved ones:

"When I started writing this journal, I hoped I'd get a sense of relief that comes from getting things out of my head and onto a page. I imagined using it as a way to vent aggravations and frustrations, and to bring a bit of mental order to a sometimes chaotic situation. I hoped to be able to write things down, and then let them go.

Indeed, all of those things have happened for me. But so has much more. Writing these pieces opens my eyes to new points of view. With some reflection, I find fresh perspectives I can try on for size. Sometimes I discover an uplifting angle that wasn't obvious at first, or honor a sadness that I had been ignoring, or identify something worthy of a pat on the back. But the best dividend for me, which I wasn't expecting, is that I'm capturing many tender moments that I'll want to remember when this caregiving journey is over.

"Release, reframe, remember. What might journaling do for you?"

(Editor's note: Beth's complete online journal can be found at: http://www.darts1. org/blog/caring-reflections.

Resources

For a resource guide for service providers who can help in your caregiver journey, please stop by the Hastings Senior Center in the Tilden Community Center, or go online to: http://www.darts1.org/dakota-county-eldercare-resources.

If you would like to submit a question or concern about your own caregiving experience, and get direct, one-to-one information and advice from a licensed social worker and eldercare advisor, please visit: http://www.darts1.org/online-caregiving-advisor or call 651 455 1560.

This section of the Star Gazette is a resource for family and friends helping an older adult. We hope you find this section useful, and if you have a caregiving story to tell, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Colleen Fritsch at DARTS, 651-234-2222 or Colleen.Fritsch@DARTS1.org.

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