NEWSBRIEF: Monthly meetings help former caregivers recharge

Some have lost spouses, some parents or other relatives. All share a common journey: They were caring for someone with dementia and now that person has died.

The Dementia Caregiver Re-Entry Initiative, begun in 2016, is a monthly gathering in Roseville where former caregivers meet to talk about how to re-engage in life after years of caring for someone with dementia. Those attending generally come from Roseville, St. Paul and nearby suburbs.

Meetings are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at New Life Presbyterian Church, 965 Larpenteur Ave. W., at Victoria Street. The next gathering will be on Aug. 20.

The initiative is sponsored by the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team, which also puts on monthly programs about dementia at the Roseville Library.

The gathering is not a grief-support group, although grieving the loss of loved ones often is part of the journey after caregiving ends. Those attending typically focus on how to re-engage with family and friends, and how to find new purpose in life after years of intense caregiving.

New people are welcome at any time. While there are two facilitators at the meeting, the discussion is driven by whatever those attending want to talk about — reconnecting with old friends, picking up old or new interests, dealing with loneliness, good memories of those who have died and plenty of other topics.

For more information go to www.cityofroseville.com/dementiainfo, or call Warren at 612-791-5316.

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