Sometimes you just need to talk and the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter provides a variety of ways you can gain support whether you have Alzheimer's or dementia, are a caregiver, or are a family member. We can help! We have a variety of support groups at various times and locations. Check to see if there is a support group close to you that fit your needs.
>View support groups, events and other resources in your area by viewing the online database of resources called Community Resource Center.
If you prefer, contact the Alzheimer's Associatin 24/7 Helpline. Call us any time with any question or concern....or just to talk at 800.272.3900.
If You Have Alzheimer's
Specialized early-stage and younger-onset support groups are available for person's with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
Memory Minders & The Forum Support Groups
These time-limited support groups are for individuals with younger-onset or in the early stages of Alzheimer's or related dementia. Sessions combine education with support, and include personal and practical tips, memory aids and cognitive exercises. Participants must be willing and able to discuss their diagnosis. Free, but please pre-register. Memory Minders/The Forum meets at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group.
Early-Stage/Younger-Onset Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups specifically for family caregivers of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease before the age of 65 or those who have a loved one attending Memory Minders/The Forum. Caregivers will be encouraged to share experiences and learn from each other. Pre-registration is required. Caregiver Support Group meets at the same time as Memory Minders/The Forum.
Caregivers or individuals with the disease, participating in the Memory Minders/The Forum Groups MUST CALL BEFORE ATTENDING.
Early-Stage or Younger-Onset Support Group Listing
|Location||Date and time||Register by calling:|
|3rd Thursday 4:00-5:30 p.m. Northcrest Community
1801 20th Street
|4th Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association Office
1000 N Roosevelt Ave, Ste 8
Des Moines, IA
|2nd Wednesday 4:00-5:30 p.m. Bright Kavanagh House
3000 Easton Boulevard
|1st Thursday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Intouch Adult Day Center
4011 Avenue of the Cities
|3rd Thursday 4:30 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church
1705 Oak Street
Caregiver Support Groups
Additional caregiver support groups are available to those that have loved ones in the middle to late stages of the disease. We encourage all guests to call the facilitator listed prior to attending the group. Click the Community Resource Center and search for a Support Group near you!
Support Group Facilitator Training
For volunteers interested in facilitating an Alzheimer's support group in their community. Training will include ways to encourage participants to share, how to run meetings and education on programs and services available to caregivers. You must pre-register for these trainings. Contact your local Program Specialist for more details.
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