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Get the emotional support you need

We have many support groups in the East Central Iowa area, at various times and locations. If you prefer, call our 24/7 Helpline - 1.800.272.3900 - for more information.  

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Early Stage Support Group

The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter is now offering an Early Stage Support Group for those individuals and families experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.  The monthly support groups are free of charge.  If you have questions or are interested in the Early Stage Support Group, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900.  

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Connect with Others Online

When facing Alzheimer’s disease, it helps to connect with others who relate to your experiences. ALZConnected is a online social networking community where people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and others affected by the disease can share questions and form new connections. ALZConnected is powered by the Alzheimer’s Association and can be easily accessed by visiting www.alzconnected.org.

On ALZConnected, you don’t have to explain what it means to live with Alzheimer’s. The other users know, and are willing to offer their advice and solutions to common challenges. We’ll help you to form “connections” with other users, matching you based on common criteria. Tap into a diverse community via our message boards, or create a private group organized around a specific topic.  

Click here to visit ALZConnected and join a community of support for those facing Alzheimer’s.  For more information contact our 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.

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Support Group Facilitator Training

Support groups are peer or professionally led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. All Alzheimer’s Association support groups are facilitated by trained individuals.

The Alzheimer's Association offers training for those interested in facilitating or co-facilitating a support group in a community or independent living setting. Qualifications for leading a support group include:

  • General knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders Experience as a caregiver or working directly with caregivers
  • A willingness to seek out and provide up to date information on research, care and treatment to group members
  • A lack of personal agenda for facilitating the group, such as job requirement or a marketing aide to enhance the reputation of a program
  • Must have a satisfactory criminal background check

If you meet the prerequisites and are interested in becoming a facilitator, please contact Shar Jones at 319-294-9699 or sjones@alz.org to begin the application process.

 

Support groups listed by county

Allamakee County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Benton County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

Black Hawk County

Cedar Falls
2nd Monday of the month (will NOT meet in December)
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Nazareth Lutheran Church
7401 University Avenue
Facilitator: Sindy Mason & Kristie Wood

Cedar Falls
3rd Tuesday of the month
5:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
2616 Orchard Drive, Suite B
Facilitator: Sally Timmer

Waterloo
3rd Monday of the month
1:30 p.m.
Friendship Village Chapel
600 Park Lane
Facilitators: Bev McCadam & Julie Thomas

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Bremer County

Janesville
2nd Thursday of the month
5:30 p.m.
Janesville Methodist Church
424 Sycamore St.
Facilitator: Mary Schnepf

Waverly
1st Tuesday of the month
12:30 p.m.
Waverly Health Center
Tendrils Rooftop Garden
312 9th Street SW
Facilitators: Cathryn Baumgartner & Kris Meyer

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Buchanan County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Butler County

Parkersburg
4th Monday of the month
6:30 p.m.
Parker Place Retirement Community
707 Highway 57
Facilitator: Tracey Huisinga

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Cedar County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Chickasaw County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Clayton County

Strawberry Point
2nd Wednesday of the month
12:30 p.m.
Gernand Center
313 Elkader Street
Facilitators: Cathy Mills & Linda Trettin

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Fayette County

Oelwein
4th Wednesday of the month
1:00 p.m.
Grandview HealthCare Center
800 5th Street SE
Facilitators: Linda Jensen & Allison Holthaus

Grundy County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Howard County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Iowa County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Johnson County

Iowa City
1st Sunday of the month
12:30 p.m.
Johnson County Senior Center, Room 205
28 South Linn Street
Facilitator: Gwen Elling

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Jones County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Linn County

Cedar Rapids
1st Tuesday of the month
3 p.m.
Garnett Place, Lower Level
202 35th Street Dr. SE
Facilitator: Becki Franck, 319.362.3630

Cedar Rapids
2nd Thursday of the month
10:30 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
317 Seventh Ave. SE, Suite 402
Facilitator: Shar Jones

Cedar Rapids
3rd Monday of the month
6:30 p.m.
St. Luke's Hospital, Room 193
1026 A Ave. NE
Facilitator: Brenda Valenta

Marion 
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
1:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
3500 29th Ave
Facilitators: Marlys Claussen and Carole Butz

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Tama County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Washington County

Washington
1st Monday of the month
6:30 p.m.
United Presbyterian Church
209 E. Washington Street
Facilitator: Connie Crossett

Washington 
3rd Thursday of the month
2:00 p.m.
Halcyon House
1124 South Avenue B
Facilitator: Bonnie Boshart

Wellman
2nd Monday of the month
4:00 p.m.
Silver Pond Independent Living
1400 6th Avenue
Facilitator: Jen Newman-Carney
*Respite care is available. Please call Jen at 319.646.2911 to make arrangements.  

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Winneshiek County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.
 

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