32 years of nursing
- Expertise in dementia
- Coaching families experiencing memory loss through the Minnesota Board on Aging’s REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Healthy in the Community)
- The Gathering Site Manager for Lyngblomsten with over 30 churches of 9 different denominations running 10 Gathering programs. The Gathering program is in 4 Metro counties which include the St Paul area and suburbs. Carolyn is a part of a team who all work to connect older adults in a geographic area to services, resources, and opportunities that help them age well in their communities through caregiver support, exercise classes, health talks, volunteerism, art & music classes, trips, lunch outings, card groups, etc.
- Active in ACT on Alzheimer’s
- nursing career includes Intensive Care Float Nurse and Operating Room Pre-Op Nurse, Home Care for a ventilator patient, Long Term Care, a Lyngblomsten Parish Nurse (Faith Community Nurse) for a 1500 member congregation with several volunteer teams, Preschool Screening Nurse and Substitute School Nurse.
The Gathering is a program of Lyngblomsten’s Home- and Community-Based Services, serving people experiencing early- to mid-stage dementia (memory loss) and giving respite to caregivers who desire a break. The program is offered in collaborative partnerships with churches who provide the facilities to host The Gathering and/or provide volunteers. The Gathering serves over 100 participants each year. With nearly 300 volunteers metro wide, The Gathering, coordinated by Lyngblomsten, offers a day of fellowship and fun activities while giving respite to the caregivers.
Personally, Carolyn has been a long distance caregiver and medical Power of Attorney for 3 parents with dementia. Carolyn loves to speak on things she is passionate about including The Gathering, being present with people with dementia, and the reality of caregiving for those with dementia.
We seek volunteers who would like to make a difference in the lives of people still living in the community who are experiencing dementia. Volunteers receive comprehensive training so they are able to plan the day’s activities and promote socialization for their participants.
Carolyn Klaver RN
The Gathering Site Manager
Lyngblomsten Services, Inc.
Home- and Community-Based Services
1415 Almond Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108