Supporting family caregivers in West Hawaii since 1996

It takes a whole community to care for our caregivers.

Video exercise:

https://808b-fit.com provides  a trove of classes produced on Hawaii Island: "Let's do this together -- Big Island  style."  The site features upbeat teachers offering classes for kupuna, including several kinds of dance, tai chi, yoga, "morning exercise," and more.

Check out the site and try a couple of the classes, for a break from your routine, for the health benefits, and for the fun of it!

Kona Brain Injury Support Group, hosted by Karen Klemme, RN., meets on Zoom the second Wednesday of each month starting at 6 p.m. To participate, please email kklemme @hawaii.rr.com and she’ll send you details.  This group has been meeting 

in Kona for 26 years. For more information, search for “Kona Brain Injury Support Group” on Facebook.

Karen has been a nurse for over 40 years and holds two advance nursing certificates, Rehabilitation Nurse and Certified Nurse Life Care Planner.  She is past president of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses.  Karen has also been a caregiver, assisted by her sister Jane, for their parents as they aged in place, until they passed away in 2011.

Kona Family Caregiver Support Group 

meets on second Saturdays at 11 a.m.   It is facilitated by Joann D'Addio, M.Ed., and sponsored by HCCN.  The group is now meeting in a safely distanced outdoor location in Kona, with Zoom also available.  

Call Joann at (773) 294-8773, or email her at [email protected] for information.

Joann retired from Chicago Public Schools after 34 years educating high school students with disabilities.  She spent 8 of those years counseling high school students with emotional issues. Joann's mom was diagnosed with dementia and Joann became a part-time caregiver.  She is a trained Support 

Group Facilitator.

Here is a very valuable chance for you to take free online classes -- please note the title, 

"For Caregivers of Persons Living with Memory Loss."  

The Certified Positive Approach is a sensible, gentle and loving approach that will 

give you a deeper understanding which you can use every day.

The Alzheimer's Association Aloha Chapter (Hawaii) has been working hard to create 

a full program of online classes and support groups for you -- see below.  

To find current online classes, use the Virtual/By Phone Program Info link, alz.org/hawaii/events.  

If you aren't yet familiar with how to use Zoom, the helpful folks at the Aloha Chapter will 

give you a hand.  Email Ivy at [email protected]

Hale Hau'ola Hawai'i presents two series of four classes, one September 19 - October 10

and the second on four successive Saturdays in November. The flyer below shows

a contact number and website for further information.

The following full-day online memory care conference convenes on September 21.  

A website and phone number are provided for your questions.

St. Francis Health Care System in Honolulu has an active Family Caregiver Support program.  There are still several free classes remaining on the September schedule.