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Free Caregiver Trainings

Support Groups

Caregiver Resources

Free Upcoming Caregiver Trainings

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.

Date, time, location

This FREE class meets for 90 minutes once per week for six weeks. It is offered 2-3 times a year. For more information about the next class, or to arrange for a class, call the Aging and Disability Resource Connection at 503-988-3646 or Loriann McNeill, Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator at 503-988- 8210.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (4.29 MB)

The Savvy Caregiver

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

This FREE, research-backed class developed by Emory University has been found to decrease caregiver stress and increase caregiver confidence. You will learn:

  • an understanding of dementia
  • tips on how to provide the best care
  • coping skills for the stages of dementia
  • facts about the progression of dementia
  • a handbook to complement the classes

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: 503988-3646. 

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 maybe available to pay for in-home, or for care at an Adult Day Program, for classes at other locations. 

The Savvy Caregiver Flyer (165.11 KB)

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.

STAR Caregiver Brochure (846.44 KB)

Finding Calm

The 4-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

For information on future classes, or to add your name to a waiting list, contact Loriann McNeill, Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator at 503.988.8210 or email loriann.mcneill@multco.us.

Finding Calm Flyer (3.71 MB)

Exercise to Increase Independence

This FREE 6-week class is based on the University of Washington's evidence-based program 'RDAD' (Reducing Disability in Alzheimer's Disease) and is for people living with Alzheimer's or another Dementia and their family caregivers.

  • Increase endurance
  • Gain strength
  • Improve balance             
  • Feel better

For information on future classes, or to add your name to a waiting list, contact Loriann McNeill, Multnomah County Family Caregiver Support Program Coordinator at 503.988.8210 or email loriann.mcneill@multco.us.


Family Caregiver Program Exercise Class (956.75 KB)

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 from 11am-1:00pm
    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 

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 a series of resources 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.