All of our groups help educate, have guest speakers, and give support for those with the disease and for those providing the care. Information on changes in medication, insurance, and community resources are also provided
The Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease and Family Caregiver Groups are all informal, roundtable discussions that offer helpful information and support in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Caregiver Spouses Support Group
The Caregiver Spouses Support Group meets twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Monday from 3 to 4:30 pm.
Our Parkinson’s group has been meeting at Circle Center for over 20 years and has a core group of long-time attendees who offer a breadth of knowledge about PD and resources in the Richmond area. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
Family Caregiver Group
This group is a wonderful resource for our family members to talk with our Social Worker and one another about the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia and other chronic illnesses. This group meets on the last Thursday of each month from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Circle Center social workers offer educational resources and caregivers share their successes and struggles. All members of this group are actively engaged in caring for an individual who lives with them.
Honoring Choices Group
This group is an initiative of the Richmond Academy of Medicine working collaboratively with Bon Secours Health System, HCA Virginia Health System and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. Circle Center staff members will receive training to help assist our participants, their caregivers and families with determining end-of-life care and proper documentation that honors an individual’s choice on medical treatments.
Check back for more information on this and other seminars.
Seminar with Teepa Snow
For the past three years Circle Center has hosted Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. We hope to host Teepaonce again in of 2019 – please stay tuned for more information.
Teepa is a licensed occupational therapist working as a dementia care and dementia education specialist in an independent practice. She has clinical appointments with Duke University’s School of Nursing and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. She provides educational and training sessions to organizations and providers throughout the US & Canada. She works closely with various dementia specialty service providers in both nations to develop, improve, and optimize programs and services to people living with dementia, their care partners, and family members. Additionally, she works with individuals and support systems to help problem solve challenging situations.
Teepa has over 35 years of experience in geriatrics, but she has also provided care to a variety of her own family members with dementing illnesses. Additionally, she has served as the education director and lead trainer for the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She has a strong and varied clinical & teaching background. Teepa was the OT director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics at a VA Medical Center and has worked as a restorative care coordinator for long term care facilities, as well as providing direct care in community, home health, long term care, assisted living, and rehabilitation settings and teaching community college, university, and post-graduate programs. Teepa has worked collaboratively to conduct clinical research in a variety of settings and on a variety of geriatric topics throughout her career.
Teepa is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has developed multiple training videos, published many articles, and presents all across the continent on a variety of topics and to a wide variety of audiences. For the past 6 years she has presented over 350 programs each year and has received many awards for her clinical and teaching skills from a wide variety of organizations.