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Alzheimer's Support Network- Virtual November Support Group Calendar

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
While we would much prefer to meet in person, we do not believe that it is safe to do so at this time. Please know
that we are still here for you!
On these two pages you will find a listing of the November 2020 Special Programs as well as an alphabetical listing of
the meetings and educational opportunities recurring at a particular date and time on Zoom. In addition, we continue to support you individually at whatever time and date works for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns, no matter how busy you may think we are or how trivial your issues may seem. These challenging times are so difficult and isolating! Reach out to us! We’ll be glad you did!

During many meetings/support groups we offer our "Club Room" programing for individuals living with a form of
cognitive impairment. Note "With Club Room" on the calendar and below. In addition to our regularly scheduled support groups, you will find some exciting opportunities to learn as well as discussion meetings that focus on a particular type of dementia or on an issue of concern.

If you have questions about any of these meetings, connecting by Zoom, or about our other services, please ask by
calling (239) 262-8388, emailing help@support.network or going to the website: www.Support.Network

Education Programs for November 2020
Care Partner Workshop: Continues each Tuesday during November at 2:00 pm for those enrolled in the program. If you are interested in joining the next workshop, scheduled for January 2021, please email

Teepa Snow Webinar: Monday, November 23rd at 4:00 pm: International Teacher and Support Network
Board Member Teepa Snow will answer your questions with her wonderfully creative style and knowledge!
This is an exciting opportunity to have Teepa respond to the issues that are bothering you. It is helpful if
you email your questions ahead of time to Help@support.network, but there will also be time during the
webinar to talk directly to Teepa. Please note that the time is 4:00 pm in November.

Recurring Support Groups and Educational Opportunities in Alphabetical Order

ACTING SKILLS FOR CAREGIVING: Fourth Wednesdays/2:00 pm-3:30 pm
This exciting, interactive program allows us to practice skills that help us cope with everyday issues, especially now when we are spending extended time alone with our loved ones. Led by Brett of Life Home
Health and members of the Network team, it is a fun time where we can laugh as we learn! No club room.

ADULT CHILDREN: First & Third Wednesdays/5:30 pm-7:00 pm
This group is for men and women dealing with all the issues surrounding the care of a parent or older relative. The group is a great source of support, provides a nurturing environment and a place to obtain needed resources. Led by Members of the Network team, especially Marianne and Debbie. No Club Room.

A Care Partner Team is everyone engaged in caring for someone with a memory issue, including the person
with cognitive change. This program is for everyone who wishes to explore new ways to enjoy life during
these challenging times. The meetings are facilitated by the Network team, especially Debbie, Mel, Maritza
and Penny. Everyone is welcome! (No meeting on November 27th.)
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FRONTOTEMPORAL DEGENERATION (FTD): Second Wednesdays/2:00 pm-3:30 pm
FTD represents a group of brain disorders caused by the degeneration of the frontal and/or temporal lobes of
the brain, affecting personality, behavior and language, also referred to as Frontotemporal Dementia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTDL) or Pick’s Disease. With Club Room.

GENERAL SUPPORT GROUPS: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am-11:30 am
Also on Thursdays from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
These groups are open forums where caregivers can ask questions, address concerns and receive support
from others who are experiencing similar issues. You may hear these groups called “Regular Support Groups”
as they are generally the most well attended and are widely varied in topics and discussions. They are led by
Marianne, Cathy and other members of the Network team. A lively Club Room is held during each meeting.
(No meetings on Thursday, November 26th, due to Thanksgiving.)

GRIEF THROUGH THE JOURNEY: First & Third Wednesdays: 10:00 am-11:30 am
These grief groups are for anyone experiencing the feelings of loss and grief that usually accompany any neurodegenerative disease. The group welcomes those who are feeling losses of the person they knew while
their loved one is living; those with cognitive impairment who wish to discuss their feelings of loss and grief;
and those who have lost their loved one through death. The group is led by Jessica of AVOW Hospice and
members of the Network Team. With Club Room.

GRIEF AFTER THE JOURNEY: Second Fridays/10:00 am-11:30 am
Following the loss of our loved one it’s important to deal with our grief. Where do we go from here? This discussion group focuses on “normal” grief and tools for coping while providing an opportunity to join with others on a similar journey. Led by Jessica of AVOW Hospice and members of the Network Team. No Club Room.

LEWY BODY DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: First Wednesdays/1:30 pm-3:00 pm
LBD is characterized by changes in behavior, cognitive impairment, Parkinsonian type gait and visual hallucinations. Coping mechanisms will be discussed in dealing with this challenging disease. Led by our Marianne
and Deana of McKenney Home Services. No Club Room.

MARCO ISLAND SUPPORT GROUP: First Fridays/10:00 am-11:30 am
This group supports persons living on or near Marco Island who are dealing with neurocognitive disorders. It
is facilitated by the Support Network staff, usually Debbie. Caregivers share feelings & help one another cope
in a supportive environment. Before the pandemic, the group met on Marco Island. It continues on Zoom and
people come from wherever they are! No Club Room.

NEWCOMERS ALZEHEIMERS 101: Second Wednesdays/10:00 am-11:30 am
For families new to the Alzheimer’s Support Network or who have a new diagnosis of dementia, we will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s 101), an introduction to our services and answer your questions. Everyone is welcome even if you are familiar with the Network or dementia. No Club Room.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Fourth Wednesdays/10:00 am-11:30 am
Join this group to discuss specific issues. Are you dealing with wandering, agitation, boredom, lack of sleep,
sundowning, placement or some other issue that worries you? You can suggest an issue ahead of time or
come and raise your question at the meeting. The group is facilitated by the Network team. With Club Room

SELF CARE- 12 STEPS FOR CAREGIVERS: Fridays/9:30 am-11:00 am
Based on the book Self-Care for Caregivers: A 12 Step Approach, this group focuses on the emotional journey
of balancing the needs of our loved ones and ourselves. Previous experience with the 12 Steps is not needed.
Jack Johnston, Kay Schlecht, and Marianne Troy facilitate this group. No Club Room.

For Help logging in to Zoom groups, please go to: www.support.network or call 239-262-8388


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