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Wilder Connect

Long term care support for those with Parkinson’s disease or memory loss and respite for caregivers

Wilder Connect is an in-person, long term care support program for people living with memory loss, Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders.

The program provides 4-hours of engaging activities, personal care and healthy meals, while offering rest and self-care time for their family and friend caregivers*. Please note: Safety protocols are in place during COVID-19.

When participants join Wilder Connect at the Community Center for Aging in Saint Paul, they can expect:

  • A clean, safe and sanitized space with daily health screenings, temperature checks and physical distancing measures to protect caregivers and clients during COVID-19.
  • To be in small groups at the Wilder Community Center for Aging in Saint Paul, MN.
  • A healthy, delicious lunch.
  • To receive personal support from professionally trained Wilder staff and volunteers, including assistance needed with hygiene.
  • Engaging physical, cognitive and social activities such as exercise, arts & crafts, lively discussions, games and more.
  • One hour of in-person music therapy every Monday and Tuesday.**
  • Earn a free day by referring a family member or friend – ask about our referral incentive!

Wilder Connect is available on the following days:

  • Mondays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (first full weekend of the month)

Cost:

$104 per 4-hour day and includes all care, activities and meals.* 
Sliding fee scale is available based on household income.** 

Learn more and register:

Contact us at 651-280-2294 or wilderconnect@wilder.org for more information and to sign up for Wilder Connect!

Location:

Wilder Community Center for Aging
650 Marshall Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104

*Caregivers and participants must arrange their own transport to and from the Community Center for Aging.

**Made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

***Funded under contract with the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, Inc. as part of the Older Americans Act.

Join a Caregiver Support Group

Meet caregivers for mutual support on your caregiving journey.

Wilder’s Caregiver Support Groups provides space for caregivers to feel less alone and receive mutual support from other caregivers. Meetups are available monthly for people caregiving for someone with dementia, someone with Parkinson's Disease, or for an older adult family member with any health condition. Or attend a coffee hour for a casual gathering of caregivers.

Caregivers: Join the CaregivingNow Group on Facebook

Caregivers are savvy members of online communities–but where can you go to connect with other caregivers online? This is a true community space–an online gathering place – where caregivers can come for humor, connection, information and friendship.

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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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