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Get Emotional Support You Need

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 membr; 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.

Support Group Listings

If you prefer, contact the Alzheimer's Associatin 24-hour 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: 

The Forum
Ames, IA

3rd Thursday 4:00-5:30 p.m. Northcrest Community
Fireside Room
1801 20th Street

Memory Minders
Burlington, IA

4th Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association Office
1000 N Roosevelt Ave, Ste 8
Memory Minders
Des Moines, IA
2nd Wednesday 4:00-5:30 p.m. Bright Kavanagh House
3000 Easton Boulevard
Memory Minders
Dubuque, IA

Last Tuesday 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Oak Park Place
1381 Oak Park Place 

Memory Minders
Moline, IL
1st Thursday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Intouch Adult Day Center
4011 Avenue of the Cities 

Caregiver Support Groups

Additional caregiver support groups are available to those that have loved ones in the middle to late stages of the disease.  Download a list of all the additonal caregiver support groups available in the Greater Iowa Chapter territory.  We encourage all guests to call the facilitator listed prior to attending the group. 

Download printer-friendly support group list

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 training. Contact your local Program Specialist  for more details.

Connect With Others Online & Through Social Networks

The Alzheimer’s Association message boards have been improved!  Join our NEW alzconnected online community and learn from people across the nation through message boards and chat rooms.

In addition, you can "like" the Greater Iowa Chapter Facebook  page to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings locally!  And view the latest videos on YouTube!




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