Caregiver support

We’re here for you.

Caring for a loved one diagnosed with dementia can be hard. It can be difficult to know when to intervene, what services are available, how to choose the right care environment, and how to cope with the day-to-day challenges that arise from dementia — all while maintaining your own life.

Support groups

Hearts & Minds Activity Center is committed to caregiver empowerment, assistance, and education. We provide a number of support groups, all of which are open to the public and free of charge. Our support groups offer a welcoming and supportive environment and are led by caring, compassionate, and experienced volunteers.

If you would like more information or are interested in attending any of our support groups or quarterly seminars, please contact us at (408) 279-7515. Dates and times for these groups and events can be found on our community calendar.

The term, ‘sandwich generation,’ refers to the group of caregivers who not only care for their own children, but also their aging parents. Facilitator Tami Anastasia, MA has a master’s degree in counseling and specializes in assisting caregivers with balancing their own needs as well as those they care for. This group provides a safe space to express frustrations – free from judgment – and find solutions to the challenges that arise from caregiving. Support groups are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Click here to sign up!

In this peer-led group facilitated by Maria Nicolacoudis, the Executive Director of Hearts & Minds Activity Center, caregivers share stories, information, best practices, support, and even laughter in a small group setting. Tips for managing stress and caregiver fatigue as well as the chance to connect over shared issues and concerns are provided. Space is limited.

Facilitator Tami Anastasia, MA has a master’s degree in counseling and specializes in assisting caregivers with balancing their own needs as well as those they care for. This group provides a safe space to express frustrations – free from judgment – and find solutions to the challenges that arise from caregiving. Support groups are held weekly on Thursdays at 2:00 pm. Click here to join (meeting ID: 814 3108 3434, password: 031400)!

I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the Zoom sessions. May is wonderful. My husband happily says hello to her whenever we log in and although he doesn’t actively participate he watches, laughs and makes funny faces from time to time. I’ve enjoyed them as well and actually learned quite a bit, both from May and from the interesting things she shares. The Zoom sessions have also helped me cope. Seeing a friendly, understanding face is a lifeline. This service has added a much-needed structure – and friendly faces – to our days.

D.P.

Caregiver training

There are many aspects to caregiving. This section will provide you with information and training that you can access at your convenience to meet the needs and challenges of being a caregiver.

Hearts & Minds holds or supports annual conferences supporting and training caregivers serving persons with dementia.

Hearts & Minds holds or supports seminars supporting and training caregivers serving persons with dementia.

Hearts & Minds holds or supports seminars supporting and training caregivers serving persons with dementia.

Service partners

Hearts & Minds works with service providers who understand the needs of individuals living with dementia. The following service providers have demonstrated quality and expertise of service.

When the symptoms of dementia reach a point at which it is no longer possible to keep your loved one at home, residential care can be an option. Following is a list of residential memory care service providers who have served many of the families of Hearts & Minds.

Palm Villas

Sonnet Hill

Cedar Creek

Oakmont

Atria

Families may need in-home care at nights or on weekends when Hearts & Minds Activity Center is not available. Following is a list of In-Home service providers who have served many of the families of Hearts & Minds.

Home Care Assistance

Phlex-65

Synergy Home Care

All Seasons Homecare

Right at Home

Affordable Senior Care

There are a variety of services available to support families in their caregiving journey. Following is a list of In-Home service providers who have served many of the families of Hearts & Minds.

KeriLandrum – Next Steps for Seniors

On Lok

Sourcewise

Alzheimer’s Association

Ready 2 Nurse

Silicon Valley Tracker

Vital Link Medical AlertSystems

TAMS Counseling, Health & Wellness Services