Educational Forums about Caregiving

Forums to present and exchange information about caregiving are available to the community through the Anoka County Family Caregiver Connection.

  • Dementia Dialogue

    Talking about Alzheimer’s

    Approximately 91,000 Minnesotans age 65 or more are living with Alzheimer’s. According to one projection, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia will triple by 2050. The Anoka County Library, in partnership with Anoka County Caregiver Connection and ACT on Alzheimer's Anoka, is offering Dementia Dialogue, a book and film discussion program that explores dementia through stories, both real and fictional.

    Caregivers and others can share experiences and gain an understanding of how Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia affect families, friends, and our communities. Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t read or watched the selected titles.  Download a Printable Flyer

    When: 1st Tuesday of the month, February through May, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    Where: Rum River Library, 4201 6th Ave., Anoka

  • February 6: Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time by Jonathan Kozol
  •  March 6: The Inheritance: A Family on the Front Lines of the Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease by Niki Kapsambelis
  • April 3: Four things that Matter Most: A Book About Living by Ira Byock
  • May 1: Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias by Gayatri Deve


      Powerful Tools for Caregivers

     In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough care-giving decisions.
    Cost is $45.00 and includes all six sessions, books and materials. 
    Upcoming classes and registration forms will be posted here as they are scheduled.
    If you have any questions, please contact Jill Agyekum at 763-324-1608 or 

     Sample of additional topics that can be scheduled for presentation to your organization:

  • Sandwich Generation
  • Caregiving Financial and Legal Issues
  • Caregiving as a Family
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Dementia and Memory Loss
  • The Employed Caregiver
To schedule a presentation for your organization, call the Family Caregiver Connection , 763-324-1608, or email