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Free Discussion Groups for Family Caregivers Available Across Arizona This Fall

Duet: Partners In Health & Aging offers a unique resource for family caregivers in its “Finding Meaning and Hope” video discussion series. Based on the groundbreaking book Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief, by Pauline Boss, Ph.D., the video series will introduce participants to skills to help them stay strong, healthy and resilient. The free 10-week group discussion is designed for full-time, part-time, or long-distance family caregivers. Through partner organizations and trained volunteers, many video discussion series groups are starting up this fall. New this year, two discussion groups will be facilitated for Spanish speaking family caregivers in Phoenix and Tucson.

“Finding Meaning and Hope” video discussion series

 Inside of Maricopa County


Thursdays, September 5 – November 7, 2019

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Oasis Assisted Living, 22 West 9th Place, Mesa, 85201

RSVP: Tracey Biggerstaff at (480) 290-7020 or email


Thursdays, September 26 – December 5, 2019

1:30 – 3 p.m.

North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 North Central, Avenue, Phoenix, 85012

RSVP: Jennifer Grand at (602) 525-9096 or email or Lorri Paetz at (602) 707-5757


**Spanish Language Session **

Tuesdays, September 17 – October 15, 2019

11 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

We Share Knowledge, 2917 West Indian School Road, Phoenix, 85017

RSVP: Graciela Mera at (602) 528-0545 or email

NOTE: This session will only cover the first 5 sessions of the series.


Mondays, September 16 – November 18, 2019

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Franciscan Renewal Center – Guadalupe Room, 5802 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, 85253

RSVP: (480) 948-7460


Mondays, September 16 – November 18, 2019

1 – 3 p.m.

Desert Palms Presbyterian Church, 13459 West Stardust Boulevard, Sun City West, 85375

RSVP: or call (623) 584-4602


Mondays, September 30 – December 2, 2019

2:30 – 4 p.m.

Benevilla, 13576 West Camino Del Sol #22, Sun City West, 85375

RSVP: Connie Danks at (623) 810-7749 or email


Thursdays, October 3 – December 12, 2019

(No class November 21)

10:30 a.m. – noon

Faith Presbyterian Church, 16000 North Del Webb, Boulevard, Sun City, 85351

RSVP: Karen Tewelis at Hospice of the Valley (623) 583-4848 or Gloria Sannermark at (602) 616-1476

Outside of Maricopa County


Wednesdays, October 9 – December 18, 2019

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Mohave County Library – Lake Havasu City – Room A

1770 North McCulloch Boulevard, Lake Havasu City, 86403

RSVP: Sarah Bidwell at (928) 753-0794 x4333 or email


Thursdays, September 5 – November 14, 2019

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Parker Community Senior Center

1115 12th Street, Parker, 85344

RSVP: Lee Ann Anderson or Mandy Shank at (928) 669-1062 or email


Wednesdays, September 11 – November 13, 2019

9:30 – 11 a.m.

Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 East Tacoma Street, Sierra Vista 85635

RSVP: Alexandra Rivera at (520) 432-9496 or email


Wednesdays, August 21 – October 23, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ellie Towne/Flowing Wells Community Center

1660 West Ruthrauff Road, Tucson 85705

RSVP: Debbie Waring at (520) 305-3407 or register at


**Spanish Language Session**

Thursdays, September 19 – November 21, 2019

5 – 6:30 p.m.

El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 West Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, 85745

RSVP: Zury Reyes at (520) 546-2006 or email



Here is what attendees are saying about the series:


“Dr. Boss’ theory on ambiguous loss gave a name to what I confront daily,” says Kim, a family caregiver. “Although I continue to grieve and miss what used to be a wonderful partnership with my wife, I am now much more able to identify new joys in our life together. This has been life changing for me and helped me be more present and positive when I am caring for my spouse.”


”I couldn’t believe how Dr. Boss was stating the thoughts and feelings I have, and sharing ways of dealing with them to help caregivers through this journey and come out the other side,” says Sandy, a family caregiver.


“The power of the video series is that each week, through a 20-minute video, Dr. Boss gives family caregivers an understanding of their ambiguous loss journey and teaches them the techniques that are crucial to reducing their stress, reclaiming hope and improving their health and well-being,” says Ann Wheat, executive director of Duet.  


To view the trailer of the “Finding Meaning and Hope” video series, click here:


New “Finding Meaning and Hope” video discussion groups are frequently being added. To find the most updated list of groups, visit or contact Janet Richards at or (602) 274-5022, ext. 141.


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