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Free Caregiver Trainings

Support Groups

Caregiver Resources


Free Upcoming Caregiver Trainings

Finding Calm

This class is for families and friends caring for an older adult and older adults raising grandchildren. The 5-week introduction to mindfulness class will help you:

  • Reduce stress
  • Gain insight in the interplay of your mind and body
  • Learn about mindfulness in a supportive and playful way
  • Bring mindfulness into your daily life
  • Explore your own stress patterns and habits
  • Use the tools to deal with the challenges of caring for another person

No previous experience with meditation is required. Beginning and experienced meditators are also welcome. The program is suitable for people with a wide range of physical abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Dates: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 2018
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
Location: 5211 N. Williams Ave. Portland OR 97217 (East Multnomah Sewer and Water Conservation building)
To Register: Contact Loriann McNeill, Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator at 503.988.8210 or loriann.mcneill@multco.us. Class size is limited and registration is required.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers 

An educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a
parent, spouse, or friend. Participants will learn to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate feelings
  • Increase their ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources.

Class meets for 90 minutes once per week for six weeks.

Dates: Starts Monday, March 19 through to April 23, 2018
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Location: Mt. Hood Adult Day Center (376 NE 219th Ave, Gresham OR 97030)
Cost: Free
To register: Call 503.988.8210

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Taking Care of Business: Advanced Directives, Power of Attorney and Estate Planning

Geoff Bernhardt, Elder Law Attorney, will present an overview of advance directives, power of attorney, estate planning and long term care. This program is intended for older adults and/or their families who are assisting them.

Dates: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: Multnomah County Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205)
To register: Call 503.988.8210

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The Savvy Caregiver

Do you care for a family member living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia?

This six-session class offers help to families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The workshop was developed by University of Minnesota and has been found to decrease caregiver stress and increase caregiver confidence.

Classes are offered 2-3 times a year. 

For more information about the next class, or to arrange for a class call: Loriann McNeill, Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator, at 503.988.8210 or the Multnomah County ADRC Helpline at: 503.

For classes offered in Gresham, care for your loved one is available on site at no cost while you are taking the class. Respite funds may be available to pay for in-home, or for care at an Adult Day Program, for classes at other locations.

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The STAR-Caregiver Program

This evidence-based program is designed to help caregivers reduce or eliminate their family member's problem behaviors and increase the pleasant times together. Examples of problem behaviors include sadness, depression, anxiousness, resistance to care, sleep issues, verbal or physical aggression. The STAR-Caregiver program can help if...

  • you live in Multnomah County
  • are caring for someone with Alzheimer's or related dementia
  • are dealing with challenging or frustrating behavior
  • are feeling frustrated, depressed or anxious
  • want to keep your loved one at home

A trained STAR-Caregiver Consultant makes four home visits and two phone calls to work with the caregiver. The consultant also follows up with four phone calls after the home visits end.

For more information please call the ADRC Helpline at 503.988.3646.


Support Groups

Support Groups for Family and Friends Providing Care to an Older Relative or a Friend

All groups below are free and provide a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of caregiving.

  • When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
    Location: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave
    For more information: Hollywood Senior Center at 503.288.8303 LGBT Welcoming!
  • When: 1st Thursday of the month
    Location: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1040 NW 22nd building 2-(across from the main hospital entrance 2nd floor conference room (next to the elevators)
    For more information: Call Laurie Followell, MSW, Legacy Health Services 503.413.5658 for more information. Drop ins welcome.
  • When: 1st and third Thursdays of each month
    11am-1pm AND first and third Tuesdays from 5pm-7pm
    Care is available on site for elders and persons with disabilities for a small fee during the support group. Care needs to be pre-arranged by calling Mt. Hood Adult Day Program at: 503.512.7373
    Location: Mt. Hood Adult Day Program 376 NE 219th Ave., Gresham OR 97030 

Support Groups for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Please join us for a support group for Grandparents and other relatives (such as aunts and uncles) raising and parenting children. The group is for those who were most likely not expecting to be raising children at this time in their lives. Whatever your situation, one thing is clear; your lives have changed with the addition of someone else's children. These changes may bring happiness or sadness, but there is a change. And with that change, comes stress. Understanding the stress and finding proper ways to deal with it is vital for our own emotional and physical health as well as for the health of your children. 

  • When: 1st Friday of the month • 10:30am-12pm 
    Location: Impact NW – Multicultural Service Center, Upper Conference Room (Elevator access), 4610 SE Belmont St, Portland 
    For more information call 503.721.6754 
    Drop ins welcome!

  • When: 1st Mondays of the month • 10am-11am
    Location: Charles Jordan Community Center, Van Lang Room, 9009 N Foss Ave, Portland 
    For more information call 503.288.8303 
    Drop ins welcome!

  • Talk It Over: Support group for people raising a child or teen with a serious behavior problem or disorder 
    When: 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month • 4pm–5:30pm
    Location: Providence Hospital Child Center, 830 NE 47th Ave, Portland 
    For more information call 503.737.9971


Caregiver Resources

The Oregon Caregiver Handbook has information that will help you learn more about caregiving. Download the handbook in the following languages.

Sage (advocacy and services for LGBT elders) offers an informative handbook covering topics of LGBT caregivers in context, common issues facing LGBT caregivers, and creating and sustaining services.

Oregon’s legal guide for grandparents and other older relatives raising children.

ADRC Resource Guide for grandparents and other relatives raising children in Oregon.