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Get the Emotional Support You Need

A support group is a gathering of caregivers, family, friends and/or persons with dementia to discuss issues surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.  The purpose of the support group is to provide an opportunity to meet regularly for mutual support and to exchange coping skills with one another.  The reasons people attend support groups vary.  People may come to a group to gain a better understanding of the disease, because they are in crisis, or because they have specific caregiving struggles.  They may be looking for advice on a particular subject or just want to be with people who are having similar experiences.  The group provides the opportunity for participants to help maintain their own health and well-being, and enhance their ability to care for the person with dementia.

One caregiver, who is caring for her father, says a support group “provides information about Alzheimer’s disease and helps you realize that you are not alone - just being with others who understand the caregiver’s situation helps.  I find it hard to discuss my concerns with those who don’t have experience with Alzheimer’s as it sounds like I’m complaining- other caregivers understand.”  A support group can give you moral support and encouragement during a difficult time.

 

Tips for Caregivers

  • The person who best understands a caregiver is someone who has been one.  Find someone and talk.
  • Become an educated caregiver - learn as much as you can about Alzheimer’s disease, the stages and caregiving skills.
  • What resources are available and make use of them; in-home care, respite care, adult day care and meals-on-wheels are some community services which can help you.
  • Don’t smother the person for whom you are caring.  Sometimes doing the right thing means doing less.
  • Don’t be a martyr.  You don’t have to do it alone.  Ask for help.
  • Take care of yourself - watch your diet, exercise, and get plenty of rest.
  • Give yourself credit - if you are feeling unappreciated and overworked, try to set some time aside to treat yourself as the special person that you are.

We have many support groups at various times and locations. Check to see if there is a group close to you that fits your needs

If you prefer, call our 24-hour Helpline — 1.800.272.3900.

 

If you have Alzheimer's

Early Stage, 4th Thursday, 1:30 pm
For Caregivers and for Persons with Dementia
Call the Richmond Chapter Office for information at 804-967-2580

Younger-Onset Group
Support Group for individuals who were diagnosed with a dementia disease under the age of 65.  Support Groups are offered at the same time for their caregivers, teenage children, and younger children.  For information on this group, contact the Richmond Chapter Office at 804-967-2580.

 

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Support Groups

Support Groups shown below or click here to print a copy.

Richmond Area

Adult Children, 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Bon Air Methodist Church
1645 Buford Rd., Room 207, N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
Lynda and Erin.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Ashland, 1st Tuesday, 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church
800 Thompson St., Ashland, VA 23005
Bob.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Bon Air, 3rd Tuesday, 2:00 pm
Bon Air Methodist Church
1645 Buford Rd., Family Life Center, Blanchette Brown Room
N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
Nancy and Susan.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Chesterfield, 1st Tuesday, 10:30 am
Second Branch Baptist Church
12217 Second Branch Road, Chesterfield, VA 23838
Edith and Sharon.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Chesterfield, 3rd Thursday, 7:00 pm
Lucy Corr Village
6800 Lucy Corr Court, Classroom, Chesterfield, VA 23832
Blanche and Edith.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

East End, 4th Saturday, 12:00 pm
First Union Baptist Church,
3510 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222
Jacki and DeBora.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

East Henrico, 1st Thursday, 6:00 pm
Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1127 N. 28th St. (Conference Room)
Richmond, VA 23223
Wanda and Joann.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Eastern Goochland, 2nd Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Home of Hedy Walker, 1661 Centerville Parke Lane
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
Susan.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

West End, 4th Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
St. Mary's Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., Room 163, Richmond, VA 23226
Susan.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Far West End, 1st Monday, 10:00 am
Will meet Sept. 12 instead of Sept. 5.
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road, Room M109 (Sanctuary Bldg.), Glen Allen, VA 23059
Jessica.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580. 

Far West End, 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 am
Lakewood Manor
1900 Lauderdale Drive, Henrico, VA 23238
Beth and Bob.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580. 

Mechanicsville, 2nd Wednesday, 9:30 am
Hanover Adult Day Center
7231 Stonewall Parkway, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Vivian and Barbara.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Midlothian, 2nd Wednesday, 10:00 am
New Life United Methodist Church
900 Old Hundred Rd., Midlothian, VA 23114
Bob and Leigh.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Midlothian, 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Brandermill Woods Health Care Center 
2100 Brandermill Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
Merle and Della.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Sandston, 4th Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd., Sandston, VA 23150
Connie and Beth.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 967-2580.

Tri-Cities Area

Hopewell, 1st Tuesday, 3:00 pm
First Baptist Church, Conference Room
401 N. Second Avenue, Hopewell, VA 23860
Blanche and June.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 526-2359, ext. 8406.

Fredericksburg Area

For Caregivers and for Persons Diagnosed with Dementia
2nd Monday, 6:30-8:00 pm
Call the Chapter Office for Information, 540-370-0835, ext. 8407.

Fredericksburg, 3rd Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Carriage Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center
6106 Health Center Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Judy and Lori.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 540-370-0835, ext. 8407.

Fredericksburg, 3rd Tuesday, 1:30 pm
Homecare America,
2017 Plank Road (Westwood Shopping Ctr.), Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Lori and Melite.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 540-370-0835, ext. 8407.

Fredericksburg, 1st Tuesday, 10-11:30 am
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
4600 Spotsylvania Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Room
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Lori and Paulette.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 540-370-0835, ext. 8407.

Fredericksburg, 4th Monday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
England Run Library, 806 Lyons Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Lori and Melite.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 540-370-0835, ext. 8407.

 

Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Area

Lancaster/Kilmarnock, 4th Thursday, 10:30 am
Commonwealth Assisted Living
460 S. Main St., Kilmarnock,VA 22482
Respite care available with reservation - 804-695-9382, ext. 8405
Ellie.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-695-9382, ext. 8405.

Middlesex County, 3rd Tuesday, 10:30 am
Harmony Grove Baptist Church
Intersection of Rt. 3 & Rt. 33, Topping, VA 23169
Respite is available with reservation.
Barbara and Lisa.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-695-9382, ext. 8405.

Gloucester, 2nd Wednesday, 10:30 am
Alzheimer's Association Office - DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue, Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available.
Ted.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-695-9382, ext. 8405. 

Gloucester, 3rd Thursday, 6:00 pm
Alzheimer's Association Office - DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue, Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available
Ellie.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-695-9382, ext. 8405.

Irvington, 1st Monday, 4:30 pm
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Dr., Irvington, VA 22480
Support Group available for people with dementia with reservation.
Ellie.  Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-695-9382, ext. 8405.

Early Stage
For Persons with Dementia

  • 4th Tuesday, 10:00 am or
  • 3rd Wednesday, 9:00 am

Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-695-9382, ext. 8405.

 

 



 

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