This Month's Support Groups
Our Boyne City in-person support group will not meet in January. We look forward to seeing Boyne City members in February, and welcome anyone to attend our virtual support groups below. 
Tuesday, January 11 (Virtual):

Support group meets via Zoom from 2:00-3:00 PM for caregivers and 3:00-4:00 PM for individuals living with LBD. All caregivers and individuals living with LBD are welcome to attend!
Tuesday, January 11 (Virtual):

Support group meets via Zoom from 6:00-7:00 PM for caregivers. All caregivers are welcome to attend!
You will need access to a computer with a camera and microphone in order to participate in the virtual support groups. We will be using Zoom as the platform for these virtual groups.

Registration for virtual support groups is required. 

You can register at the link below. All registered participants will receive an email with Zoom link and login information the day before the scheduled meeting. 
New Research Study for Caregivers 
The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan is looking for participants interested in the Stress and Well-Being in the Everyday Lives of Caregivers (SWEL) study. The purpose of the study is to learn about the daily experiences, well-being, and cardiovascular health of family members or friends living with someone with dementia in an effort to understand the impact that this has on family caregiver heart health. Family caregivers of any age who are living with and helping a family member or friend who has Alzheimer’s or a related dementia are invited to participate, and the study is completed in the home. Participants can receive up to $400 for taking part in this study. For more study details and contact information for the study team, visit the link below. 
This Month's Programs and Events
Catching Your Breath
 
January 10, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Catching Your Breath is a monthly program focused on learning and practicing stress resilience skills for continued health, balance, and well-being. The program is for family caregivers of adults living with a dementia.
Protecting the Brains of Individuals Living with HIV

January 26, 10 - 11 a.m.

As part of our monthly speaker series, Kate Pierce, Dementia & Disabilities Supportive Services Program Director of the Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Chapter will present.
Cultivating Creativity
 
April - December, first Tuesday of each month, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cultivating Creativity is a monthly arts program for persons living with memory loss and their family caregivers. Participants will enjoy an instructed and dementia-friendly art activity together. Projects include painting, print making, ornament and coaster decoration, and cardmaking among other activities. The program is currently offered in person.
Mitten Minds Support Group

January 18, 3 - 4 p.m.

The Mitten Minds Support Group is a monthly support group for individuals with mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia. The support group provides a space for individuals living with memory loss to meet and learn from others going through similar experiences.
Living Grief

March to August, first and third Thursdays

Living Grief is a twice monthly exploration of grief for family caregivers of adults living with a dementia. A variety of topics will be discussed, including ambiguous loss, anticipatory grief, and relationship changes. It is strongly encouraged that Living Grief attendees will have participated in other Wellness Initiative programs.
Mitten Minds Education Series
 
April - May, dates to be announced

The Mitten Minds Education Series offers a series of educational presentations for individuals who are newly diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or are in the early stages of a dementia. The series provides important information, provides a space for questions to be answered, and to connect to other resources and support services available.
Stay Connected Through LBDA Facebook Groups

While the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing those living with LBD and their care partners from communicating in-person and attending community programs and events that provide education, support, and a sense of wellbeing, there is no better time than now to take advantage of the LBDA’s Facebook groups. All of the Facebook groups below are closed/private groups in which members are asked to respond to a questionnaire before admittance to the group. 

The LBDA has also recently added a weekly virtual group for caregivers as part of the Care Partner Support Group and Living Together with Lewy groups. Join these Facebook groups for more information.

Care Partner Support Group: A place to provide support and guidance as well as share information and resources. Membership is limited to care partners of those living with Lewy body dementia. Click here to access the support group.

Living Together with Lewy: For those who are diagnosed with Lewy body dementia and care partners of those who are still active in their own care decisions; support volunteers welcome. Click here to access the support group.

Living with Lewy: For those who are diagnosed with Lewy body dementia or seeking a diagnosis for themselves. Click here to access the support group.

Beyond Lewy Support Group: For those who have lost a loved one to LBD and are looking for support, understanding, and assistance with coping. Click here to access the support group.
We are a Lewy Body Dementia Association Research Center of Excellence