Dementia Friends Information Session


Tuesday, July 9, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Dining Room
Approximately 91,000 Minnesotans age 65+ are living with Alzheimer's. ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Sessions give people an understanding of dementia and the small things you can do that make a difference. Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way we think, talk and act about the disease. Beryl Schewe, Director of Pastoral Care and an ALZ Dementia Champion, will lead our discussion. Free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served! Bring a friend! Please contact Beryl Schewe at or in the Parish Office (x9035) to register.

Rebuild, Renew, Refocus: A Separated and Divorced Ministry


Rebuild your life after separation and divorce. We will be using Surviving Divorce (a DVD and discussion format) as a guide for this journey. The cost is $15 for materials (scholarships are available). All are welcome, whether separation and divorce are new in your life or if you have been divorced for some time. Contact Kerri Rooney with questions at

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday April 29, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, May 6, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, May 13, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, May 20, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, May 28, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 3, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 10, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 17, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, June 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, July 1, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Monday, July 8, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

All sessions will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Oak Grove

Hopkins ACT on Alzheimer's Initiative Community Events


To help support and educate those living with dementia and their caregivers the Hopkins ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative is proudly sponsoring several dementia specific community events in May in celebration of “Senior Awareness Month",” which is recognized across the nation. Throughout the month, residents in Hopkins and surrounding cities are invited to attend the following events, which are free and open to the public.

Forgetfulness, Is It Normal or a Warning Sign

Thursday, May 2, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
St. Gabriel’s Church, Hopkins
Speaker: Jenny LaVoi, OTR/L from Emerald Crest Memory Care

Did you know Memory Loss is not a normal part of aging? Jenny will help us identify what is normal forgetting versus signs and symptoms of dementia. We will also learn about the common causes of dementia and what steps should be taken when you are concerned about a loved one’s memory loss. Learn about ways you can help maintain a healthy brain and overall memory. RSVP to 952-697-5373 or

Driving and Dementia

Tuesday, May 7, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
The Glenn Hopkins, Hopkins
Speaker: Kathleen Kiefer, OTR/L from HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease does not mean the end of driving days. This talk will cover how family members can prepare and plan to address the ability of a loved one with memory loss to drive. What clues should one look for and when does one start having these driving discussions. The earlier you start this conversation, the better. Learn how to address driving concerns, signs to look for, what role your health care provider can offer, what a driving evaluation looks like, watch a short video on what the evaluation includes, how to prepare for the evaluation and what the Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services requires of the patient. RSVP to

Hopkins ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative Overview

Thursday, May 9, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Hopkins Activity Center, Hopkins
Laura Herman and Christine Drasher

Learn about the Hopkins ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative and programs available in the community to help those living with Dementia and their caregivers. RSVP to 952-697-5373 or

Memory Cafe

Tuesday, May 14, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Hopkins Library, Hopkins
Facilitated by Peggy Gaard

Memory Cafés provide opportunities for those diagnosed with memory loss AND their care partner(s)/family to engage with peers in a relaxed, unstructured environment. The café atmosphere promotes social engagement and support through interaction with others experiencing similar lifestyle changes. The Hopkins ACT on Alzheimer’s is excited to support a monthly Memory Café to individuals with dementia and their Care Partners to: gather for exercise,  brain games, fellowship &  support in a safe, comfortable setting.

Hopkins Fire and Police Supporting ACT

Thursday, May 16, 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Hopkins Fire Station, Hopkins
Garrett Grniet & Anne Marie Buck

The Hopkins Fire Department will be covering the CDC Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention for seniors, a safety talk on how to look for items around the home to prevent falls and injuries and what to do if you have a fall. We will also be discussing safe cooking habit and how to avoid kitchen fire as well as cover weather safety topics. The fire department will be allowing time for plenty of questions from the audience. The Hopkins police will partner with the Hopkins fire fighters to present information on how caregivers can best protect loved ones and those in their care. The police department will speak about a valuable community tool, Vitals - Aware Services, that is free and easy to use.  The police department will also share information from the MN Attorney General's Office on the Vulnerable Adults Act, mandated reporting of maltreatment, Adult Protection Services (APS) and Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center (MAARC).  Additional information on home security and the prevention of fraud and financial crime will also be shared.
RSVP to 952-697-5373 or

The Gift - Author Rick Naymark

Thursday, May 23, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Hopkins Art Center, Hopkins
Speaker: Rick Naymark

Rick Naymark, author of the book ‘Alzheimer’s Gifts’, shares his fun and touching "attitude adjustment" for those caring for someone with Alzheimer's. While you may be shocked, depressed and overwhelmed by the changes in your loved one, and the responsibilities in caring for them, there are gifts along the way if you only know what to look for. Rick cared for his mother, who had Alzheimer's for eight and a half years. If you need to be lifted-up, then listen to what Rick as to share and help you focus on what really matters. RSVP to 952-697-5373 or

Dementia Friends Session

Tuesday, May 28, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Hopkins Activity Center, Hopkins
Presented by Hopkins ACT Action Team

Approximately 91,000 Minnesotans age 65+ are living with Alzheimer's.  A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway in Hopkins with the support of local volunteers. ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Sessions give people an understanding of dementia and the small things you can do that make a difference. Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way we think, talk and act about the disease. Dementia Friends sessions help you learn about dementia and the small ways you can help.  To RSVP please contact Laura Herman at (952) 697-5373 or

Caregiver Support Groups

Open Circle

Tuesdays, May 7 and 21, 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Hopkins Activity Center

The Hopkins Caregiver Support Group provides a blend of emotional support, resource sharing, and education. The group is a safe place to talk about feelings that are unique to caring for someone with dementia, particularly grief and loss. Support groups are vital to caregivers so they have others to walk with them on a journey that can sometimes feel lonely and stressful. The Hopkins Caregiver Support Group is supported by the Alzheimer’s Association, Hopkins Activity Center, and Open Circle Adult Day Center.

Emerald Crest

Thursday, May 23, 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Emerald Crest, Minnetonka

Please join us for a light meal, a relevant topic about dementia and your loved one, followed by supportive compassionate conversation with others on the same journey. Questions?  Call Pastor Arlen at 612.554.6379 or email at

The Glenn

Tuesday, May 28, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
The Glenn Hopkins, Hopkins

The Glenn Hopkins Community Caregiver Support Group is open to caregivers seeking support, information and education in caring for a loved one in various community settings. For more information contact:  Patti Knutson at 952-960-5560 or

May’s Topic:  The Sacrifices of Being A Caregiver.

Please join us in a discussion on the sacrifices we make to be a caregiver for our spouse or other family member.  Have you given up a dream job, the dream of traveling, dreams for a different future with your family member? 

More Information

For a complete list of 2019 May events including descriptions, dates, times and locations click here.

About the ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative

The Act on Alzheimer’s initiative is powered by the Hopkins ACT on Alzheimer’s Action Team which includes members from; the Hopkins Library; City of Hopkins, Hopkins Fire and Police, Cassia Services and Communities; Chapel View Health Care Center; Emerald Crest of Minnetonka and Augustana Open Circle, Volunteers of America – Elder Homestead of Minnetonka, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Hopkins Elks, and The Glenn. For more information, please contact Laura Herman at 952-697-5373 or

NAMI - for Youth



Learn from other teens and young adults how to maintain good mental health by recognizing early signs of returning symptoms, understanding how to deal with stress and anxiety, and teaching siblings, parents and friends how to help you. This workshop is taught by a trained young adult and empowers individuals to take charge of their lives by providing education and information on mental illnesses, treatment options and the hope for recovery. It's a safe space to talk to others who are going through similar experiences and to not feel alone. This workshop meets for 6 two-hour sessions and is for teens.

Thursdays, May 2 - May 30, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Eagan Community Center, Eagan,
Register here.

NAMI - for the Community


Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training program in the United States, and more than one million adults have been trained in classroom settings in more than 48 states. This is a one-hour class is for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. 

Wednesday, April 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Neighbors Inc., South St. Paul
Register here.

Thursday, April 25, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
NAMI Minnesota, St. Paul
Register here.

Tuesday, May 14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
NAMI Minnesota, St. Paul
Register here.  

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Learn basic first aid skills needed to help youth or a young adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis including suicide. Focus is given to recognizing the early warning signs of a mental health problem to full blown suicidal ideation. This nine-hour workshop is designed for members of the public who have frequent contact with youth and young adults such as parents, school staff, coaches, youth workers and volunteers. It is not intended for professionals who have a background in mental health. Participants must be present for entire curricula to receive certificate.

Saturday, April 27, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Progressive Baptist Church, St. Paul
Register here.

Tuesday, April 30, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
NAMI Minnesota, St. Paul
Register here.

Gray Matters: Understanding Depression in Older Adults

Join NAMI Minnesota to talk about risk factors, warning signs, stigma, treatment, recovery and resources for depression in older adults. 

Thursday, April 11, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church - Hospitality Hall, Minneapolis
For more information, contact Sherri Stella at 612-823-8205 or

Creating Caring Communities in Minnesota: Five Things You Can Do

Learn about mental illnesses, the impact of negative attitudes and five things each of us can do to make Minnesota a better place for people who experience a mental illness. This one-hour class is for any community or organization interested in learning about mental illnesses and helping to change attitudes towards mental illnesses. 

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Chaska Community Center, Chaska
Register here.

Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Lake Elmo Library, Lake Elmo
For more information, contact the Workshop Coordinator at 651-645-2948 or

Sunday, May 5, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Oakdale Library, Oakdale,
For more information, contact the Workshop Coordinator at 651-645-2948 or

NAMI - for Families of Children and Adolescents


Family Fun Night

Family Fun Night is an evening event hosted by NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to give parents of children living with mental health challenges a time to connect with those who have been there and receive resources. Children will enjoy a variety of fun activities throughout the evening related to health and well-being.

Tuesday, April 30, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Davanni’s Party Room, Eagan
Register here.

Parent Education Night: Anxiety in Children

Deepen your understanding of the features of anxiety in children with a brief overview of the diagnosis and its impact on the brain. Parents, caregivers, and educators will learn to identify the different ways children display symptoms of anxiety. Learn practical strategies for helping your child cope with anxious thoughts and manage behavioral symptoms.

Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Inver Glen Library, Inver Grove Heights
 Register here.

Parent Education Night – Trauma in Childhood: Building Resiliency

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) has given us new insights into the impact of trauma on individuals and communities. During this fast paced presentation, discover how adverse experiences can shape our lives and that of our children. Learn strategies to help you and your child become more resilient despite any challenges you may have experienced.

Tuesday, May 7, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Wentworth Library, West St. Paul
Register here.


NAMI - for Families of Adults


Hope For Recovery

Obtain information about mental illnesses, treatments, crisis management, suicide prevention, the mental health system and local resources along with practical strategies for helping a loved one or friend. This includes learning the LEAP strategy for improving communication; Listen, Empathize, Agree-on what you can, and Partner. It is a six-hour workshop for family and friends of a teen or adult living with a mental illness and people living with a mental illness who are doing well in their recovery.

Saturday, April 13, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
NAMI Minnesota, St. Paul
Register here.

Saturday, May 4, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
NAMI Minnesota, St. Paul
Register here.

What is the Role of Civil Law in Addressing the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis?


Monday, April 8, 12:30 PM
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis
Please join the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy for a series of conversations in which we reflect on different facets of the current crisis. Featuring Kathleen McChesney, Ph.D., CEO of Kinsale Management Consulting, and former Executive Director of the USCCB Office of Child Protection; Tom Johnson, partner at Gray Plat Mooty Law Firm, volunteer ombudsperson for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and former Hennepin County Attourney; and Timothy O’Malley, Director of the Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Register at