Mug Club Caregivers
News and updates for your caregiving journey

October 1 - October 31, 2023

Upcoming Events

  • Mug Club Caregiver Support Group - Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
  • Virtually: 10 - 11 a.m. If this would be your first time joining us, please connect with Teri at (920) 448-4320 or to make sure you get the link for the meeting!
  • In-Person: 5:30 - 7 p.m. In person at Options for Independent Living, 555 Country Club Rd. with a POTLUCK! Potato soup and chili provided. All are welcome and if you'd like to contribute, please email Teri to let her know what you'd like to bring. We will probably need bowls, spoons, shredded cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, crackers, desserts, and any other side dishes.

  • Senior Expo - Friday, October 6, 2023. This is a free event at The Kroc Center, 1315 Lime Kiln Rd. Resources and education for seniors and their caregivers. Learn more.

  • When Relationships Change While Caregiving - Few Spots Left

Are you struggling to make sense of your changing relationship due to caregiving? Taking over the finances, responsibility for cooking, handling outside chores, home maintenance, etc. The reversal of roles, taking on tasks that your loved one used to do but can no longer handle can be a very big adjustment.

You could be grieving or struggling with ambiguous loss. When a loved one dies, there is usually closure. Ambiguous loss is different because closure is not possible, and your grief cannot be resolved while the person you are caring for is still alive.

We invite you to join us for a limited-term support group starting on Tuesday, October 17 - November 21, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This group will be limited to 8 participants and will be held virtually via Zoom. During this time, we will discuss the losses we experience while caregiving, what grief is, different types of grief, and how we can help work through it and still be kind to ourselves. The group will be led by James Jozwiak, MSW, APSW & Brittany Maas, MSW, APSW, Foundations Counseling.

  • Building a Caregiver Roadmap - Thursday, October 19, 2023, online, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Most people plan for vacations, routes they will take, what hotels are available, sites to see, etc. Have you planned for what the future might bring? The Caregiver Roadmap is a tool created in 2019 by a group of professionals in Central Wisconsin who came together with the goal of supporting caregivers. Learn more and register here.

  • Flu Shot Clinic - Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at ADRC. Come on in and say hello! Learn more here.

  • Wondering what you can do to prevent falls?

Winter is coming and you know that means slippery sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots. To prepare, not just for winter, but for a safer future from falls, check out this interactive website, Free Falls Wisconsin. You will learn how to prevent falls, take a Home Safety Challenge, identify what your falls risk is, and falls prevention programs.

  • November is National Caregiver Month

We have a few things planned especially for you! This isn't a complete list, that will be coming in the November Mug Club, but here are two that you can save the date and register for now!

  • Creating a Safe Discharge Plan - Tuesday, November 14, 2023. Online or in person at Options for Independent Living. In attending this presentation, you will learn how to navigate the complex health care system before a crisis or surgery.

  • Dancing Through the Holidays - Wednesday, November 15, 2023. In person at ADRC. Holidays can be stressful. Come learn some great dance moves that can help you let go! If you've been to any of Lisa's sessions, you know how much fun she is - and if you haven't, you won't be sorry! No experience necessary, wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Your Caregiver Journey

Caregivers to those with Dementia

Dementia Experience

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR 12 - 1 p.m.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

12 - 1 p.m.

In person at ADRC

Do you wonder what it may feel like to live with a type of dementia? Try the Dementia Experience where you will be outfitted with tools to simulate neuropathy of the hands and feet, vision limitations, and auditory changes. You will then be asked to complete a few simple tasks with a debriefing discussion to follow. To register, call (920) 448-4300.

Non-Pharm Approaches to Care

Some great information in these two recorded webinars about how to meet your loved one's needs without medications (non-pharmaceutical). Each video is about an hour long.

Non-Pharm Approaches Part 1

Non-Pharm Approaches Part 2

Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children

Virtual Support Groups

Coffee Talk for Adoptive & Guardianship Parents

Friday, October 6, 2023, 10 - 11 a.m.

KINnect Relative Caregivers of Children

Thursday, October 26, 2023

Caregivers to those with ALS

ALS Support Group for NE WI

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Online or in person at Options for Independent Living

In preparation for November's National Family Caregiver Month, we will talk all things about caregivers: where and how to find them and the skills to look for. We will hear from a current caregiver about how to provide care for someone with a communication device and the challenges that they may bring. Cat Kanter, our Madison area Care Services Manager and SLP, will join to share helpful tips for communicating as a caregiver. There will be time for open discussion and sharing.

If you plan to attend or have questions, please contact

Brown County Caregiver Coalition | Visit Us Online!

For more information or questions, contact:
Teri Bradford (920) 448-4320 or