We bring to Sonoma Valley families educational forums, activities, support groups, and resources to enhance the quality of life of care partners.

Educational Forums

As a caregiver, you will always have questions. What expectations should I have of the person I’m caring for? How can I make our home safer for them? Why does my care partner become more agitated in the evening?

We provide answers to questions like these at educational events we hold in Sonoma Valley. Some of the events, like the four-hour Caring for A Loved One with Memory Loss, are Alzheimer’s Association programs. Others will be developed by us.

Activities

It’s easy for people experiencing cognitive decline to slip into depression and isolation. A solution is to develop a rotation of stimulating activities and socialization opportunities for them, and if those activities can be shared with their care partner, so much the better. We work with our partners to create and promote such opportunities, including:

Remembrance activities 

  • Day at the Lake – an engaging video for remembering a time when you enjoyed a day at the lake. Click here to watch.
  • Picnic in the Park – an engaging video for remembering a time when you enjoyed a picnic in the park. Click here to watch.

Art activities – engage with your loved one with these easy and fun art projects

  • Lacing Cards – improves eye-hand coordination through repetitive nature of lacing.  Click here for instructions.
  • Suitcase of Memories – improves well-being through memory recall. Click here for instructions.

Musical activities – singing, dancing, attending performances

Pet enjoyment – home visits, group activities

Exercise – walking, yoga, gentle movement

Special – outings and events

Support Groups

Sonoma Valley Support Groups

There are a number of support groups for caregivers or care receivers in Sonoma Valley. Some are sponsored by our partners (Alzheimer’s Association, Council on Aging); some are organized by individuals and supported by CarePartners Initiative. We interact with all these groups.

Community Resources

We have assembled and will maintain a list of community resources in Sonoma County to assist our CarePartner community in connecting to organizations that offer advocacy, adult day care, caregiver support, care management, disease prevention, emergency response, hospice care, in-home care, legal & financial assistance, meals, memory care, protective services, respite care, transportation and more.

In addition, we have curated a list of other resources of organizations focused on aging and brain health or, specifically, Alzheimer’s. Many of these organizations produce regular newsletters and webinars with respected content.