November 2021
This Month's Support Groups
Tuesday, November 9

Boyne City group for caregivers and those living with LBD will meet from 2:00-3:00 PM. This group will meet in-person at Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club and Marina, 00970 Marina Drive, Boyne City, MI 49712. 
Tuesday, November 9 (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, November 9 (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. 
Join Catching Your Breath
We welcome you to join us for one of our longest standing wellness programs, Catching Your Breath. Catching Your Breath (CYB), is a monthly program for family caregivers focused on learning and practicing stress resilience skills for continued health, balance, and well-being.

The next session meets Monday, November 8 at 10:00am.

The program is led by Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW. For more information, and to register, visit the link below.
Did you miss last week's Speaker Series?
Last week, Dr. Roger Albin, Anne B. Young Collegiate Professor of Neurology, Co-Division Chief, U-M Parkinson's Disease & Related Movement Disorders, and Director, U-M Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research at the University of Michigan, presented "Thinking and Walking in Parkinson's Disease" as part of our Lewy Body Dementia Awareness Month Speaker Series.

Did you miss the event and hope to watch a recording?

You can find a recording available at the link below.
This Month's Programs and Events
A Meaningful Life with Alzheimer's Disease Conference
November 5, 8:45am - 12:35pm
This virtual conference for healthcare professionals and caregivers, hosted by the Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology and the Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Chapter, features a keynote presentation "Alzheimer's Disease.. Diabetes of the Brain?" by Scherrie Keating, RN, BSN, CDCES, CDC, NDPP, Life Coach, CDP. Other presentations include "Impactful Caregiving - Step by Step" by Jill Gafner Livingston, BSBM, CDP, CADDCT and "From Lonesome Traveler to Awareness Activist: A Care Partner's Journey" by Jim Mangi.
Mitten Minds Support Group

November 16, 3:00 - 4:00pm

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.
The Latest in Dementia Research
November 12, 4:30 - 6:00pm
In partnership with the Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Chapter, Dr. Bruno Giordani, Associate Director of our Center and long time board member of the Alzheimer's Association will present about the latest research that came out of the 2021 Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Members of the Alzheimer's Association team will also present a brief overview about the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia, including stages and risk factors, current medications available for symptoms, and resources available through the Alzheimer's Association. For more information and to register, visit the link below. 
Creating a Purposeful, Accessible Volunteer Opportunity for People with MCI: SPEAK!
Seniors Promoting English Acquisition and Knowledge

November 16, 12:00 - 1:00pm

John Piette, PhD Professor, Health Behavior & Health Education at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health will present as part of our monthly Speaker Series.
Caregiving for People with Dementia: Respite, Support and Resources
November 16, 1:00 - 2:30pm
In partnership with the U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, our Wellness Initiative Director, Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW will present alongside TSWP's Silver Club Memory Program Director, Shannon Etcheverry, LMSW. More information to come. To register, visit the link below. 
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.
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