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Caregiver Services

Wilder Center for Aging offers support and resources for anyone actively caring for a friend, family member or neighbor.
Support and resources for anyone actively caring for a friend, family member or neighbor.

You are caregiving when you take care of a friend, family member or neighbor who is an older adult. This journey can be difficult, but you are not alone. Wilder Caregiver Services is here to help you.

Speak to our caregiver consultants who can connect you to resources, events and classes that support you in your role as a caregiver. We also provide consulting services for employers looking to support their employees who are juggling work, life and caregiving responsibilities.

Available Caregiver Services and Resources

Request more information about caregiver services

Interested in finding out more about caregiving support groups, resources and education? Have questions regarding your unique situation caring for a friend, family member or neighbor? Looking for advice on supporting other caregivers? Click "Request More Info" below to fill out the form and our Caregiver Consultants will be in touch.  

Caregiver Awareness

We Call it Caregiving

What Is a Caregiver?

Did you know that doing common tasks like reminding your mom to take her medications or taking a spouse to an appointment is considered caregiving?

National research on caregiver self-identification (Kutner, 2001) showed that only 19 percent of people actively caring for a friend, family member, or neighbor self-identified as a caregiver. When people identify as a caregiver, they’re more likely to seek out services and resources that will help. That means healthier caregivers and communities.

In 2010, we gathered input from stakeholders and partner organizations to help us design the Caregiver Awareness campaign to raise awareness about identifying as a caregiver. This campaign been featured across Minnesota and in other states. For more information about the campaign development and impact, see our article in Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging

  • To find out how you can use the campaign to further caregiving awareness in your community, call us at 651-280-CARE (2273) or send an email to caregiving@wilder.org.

Caregiving Events and Calendar

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

Reduce your risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility by practicing coordinated movement in a slow,… More about this event »

Living Well with Diabetes

A 6-week class that discusses and practices health and wellness tools to manage diabetes.  Family members and friends are welcome to attend… More about this event »

Caregiver Voices

How can we help caregivers? Pause and listen.

We believe that an open discussion about caregiving can help our communities find new opportunities and ways to support individuals who are caring for friends, neighbors and family members. Through the Caregiver Voices series, Wilder is sharing stories of about the challenges, realities and personal experiences of informal caregivers.

 

Laura's Story: Taking Care of Yourself Can Mean Saying No

 

Laura Gilbert, a caregiver who attends support groups at Wilder Caregiver Services

 From her home in the Twin Cities, Laura provides long-distance caregiving for her mother in Florida.  Find out what Laura says about self care for caregivers.

Jeanne's Story: This Is Work That I'm Choosing to Do

Jeanne LaBore, caregiver, attendee of Wilder caregiver support groups

Jeanne cares for her mother, who has mild cognitive impairment and lives independently. Find out how Jeanne changed her perspective on how to help her mother. 

Nancy's Story: 'Even if You’re Exhausted, You Can Gain from Finding a Creative Outlet'

 

Nancy Carlson, children's book author and illustrator

When children's book author and illustrator Nancy Carlson became a caregiver for her husband, she created the "Doodle A Day" project to provide caregiving self-care. Find out more about her art and other ways she took care of herself.

Related Blog Posts and Research

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant to the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a special legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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