2017 is the Year of the Caregiver in Missouri

Do you know someone who puts their life on hold to care for an ill family member or friend? If so, the Department of Health and Senior Services invites you to nominate that person for Caregiver of the Year. “We want to give a face to these unsung heroes,” said Celesta Hartgraves, director of the department’s Division of Senior and Disability Services. We also want to provide caregivers with information on how to keep their loved ones safe at home and give them tips on how to manage their own stress.”

In April, the department began featuring stories and photos of Missouri caregivers on its website. By December, an overall Caregiver of the Year will be selected. The stories and nomination form are available at http://health.mo.gov/seniors/caregiver.php 
For more information, please call (573) 526-4542.

Together We Care

Through Northland Shepherd's Center: Meets quarterly, next meeting is June 21, 2017 from 11 am til 1 pm. Contact Dianna Englander, Coordinator: (816) 452-4536.

Grandparent and Relative Caregiver support group

Through a grant from CCSS in cooperation with Clay County University of Missouri Extension Council, two daytime support groups and one evening support group are offered. Contact Christine Brunkow, Program Associate at (816) 407-3490.

Download the flyers: GrandFamilies Kansas City North and GrandFamilies Excelsior Springs.

Daytime groups:

  • 2nd Wednesday of every month, 10 am til noon at North Cross United Methodist Church, 1321 NE Vivion Road, KC, MO 64118.
  • 3rd Thursday of every month, 10 til 11:30 am at Good Samaritan Center, 108 S. Thompson in Excelsior Springs, MO.

Evening group

  • 4th Wednesday, 6 til 8:00 pm at Platte Woods United Methodist Church.

2017 GrandFamilies Conference - save the date! Friday, October 13, 2017, 8 am to 2 pm Call (816) 407-3490 for details.

Liberty Hospital has monthly support groups:

  • Alzheimer's Caregiver Support group
  • Living after Loss support group
  • Caregiver Resources
  • Stroke Support Group

Call Jennifer Funston at (816) 407-2100 or www.libertyhospital.org

Alzheimer's Association

For more information, Call Karen Clond, LMSW, at (913) 831-3888.

Alzheimer's & dementia support group

A supportive and educational gathering for families and friends meets 1st Thursday of each month at 6 pm at Benton House, 9601 N Tullis Dr, KC MO 64157. RSVP to Benton House: (816) 407-9667

Grief support groups

Liberty Silver Center offers a grief support group on the first and third Fridays of each month from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Rd. Call (816) 439-4396 for more information.

NorthCare Hospice offers Life after Loss Grief Support groups as part of their Bereavement services. Call them at (816) 691-5119 for current schedule.

Drop-in Grief Support Group 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5:30 - 6:30 pm Crossroads Hospice North Office 2900 NE 60th Street, suite 150, Gladstone, MO 64119. Contact Ann McClintick at (816) 389-5403

Platte Woods United Methodist Church - Grief Support Group meets Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm. Call them at (816) 741-2972 for current schedule. http://plattewoodschurch.org/care/

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church support group: (816) 781-5959.

More helpful resources for caregivers:

"I will fearlessly develop a personal support system of friends and family and remember that others also love my loved one and are willing to help if I let them know what they can do to support my caregiving." (from The Caregiver Manifesto by Gary Barg)