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Caregiving Affinity Group

Affinity Group Contacts: Debbie Hardy, Susan Taylor, and Iria Jones

Are you struggling to find the answers to some of your caregiving questions? Do you just feel like you are all alone and don’t know where to turn for help? Maybe you have a relative who shouldn’t be driving — how do you have that talk? What are the signs that something might be more than normal aging? Do you know someone who needs in-home care or maybe his or her needs require a move to assisted living or a nursing home — how do you find good, caring people or reputable facilities? Are you caregiving for someone with a chronic illness? How do you get help?

Come to an informal gathering of others going through some of the same issues. We share ideas, websites, and support in a confidential setting. Caregiving can be stressful and overwhelming. Some of us have been thrown into this role suddenly and unexpectedly. Along the way, we’ve found some answers or places that can provide some relief and are willing to share. Sometimes you just need a place where you can be among friends and just talk—we offer that place. Some come together because caregiving is in their future and they want to know what to expect and how to prepare.

Personally, Susan, Iria, and I have all dealt with the many facets of caregiving, either for an elderly loved one or someone with a chronic disease, and can totally relate to all of the questions and uncertainties. We have found that it helps just being around others with similar experiences. So, please, join us if you can. – Debbie Hardy

In addition to monthly informal brown-bag lunches, we also arrange for professionals from the elder care/caregiving field to come to University of Richmond and offer their expertise.


Our meetings take place from 12–1 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month, except when it falls on a University holiday. We will meet in THC 310 unless otherwise noted. Participants are invited to bring their own lunch. This is an informal gathering for us to support one another and share resources.

Three to four times a semester we will invite speakers – these are usually, but not always, the third Wednesday of the month, at the same time, 12-1 p.m.

The listserv is no longer active, but if you would like to be added to the Caregiving distribution list, please let me know. We want to be sure you receive the latest tips and best practices for caregiving, and notices about upcoming speakers. It can also be a place to ask questions of others sharing a similar experience.

Previous Elder Care Group Speakers

Past Speakers have included elder care attorneys, representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Connections, Senior Navigator (Virginia Navigator), Virginia Assistive Technology, the University’s Employee Assistance Program, Social Services, Medicare/Medicaid, the GrandDriver Program (Dept. on Aging), UR’s Jane Berry (dementia and memory), Riverside PACE, Jewish Family Services, Door to Door Solutions (downsizing), etc.

These are just a few of the many speakers we have had over the last 6-7 years. For some of these, we have DVDs of their presentation that you may borrow for your private viewing.

Upcoming Speakers

Wednesday, September 27
Katie Hamann, UR alum and owner of Door to Door Solutions, to speak on organizing and “rightsizing”.  Her advice in the past has been very well received by anyone looking to manage all their “stuff” – even if it’s your own!

Wednesday, October 25
Bonnie Scimone, SeniorNavigator, to cover the resources available for people dealing with dementia/memory care issues

Tuesday, November 14
Angie Phelon, Senior Connections, to address the many programs and services offered by Senior Connections

All events are from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in the Jepson Faculty Lounge, Jepson Hall 127.

Hope to see you there!