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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 - Richmond Area

Early Stage, 4th Thursday, 1:30 pm
For Caregivers and for Persons with Dementia

Prescreening is required prior to enrollment and receiving group meeting details. 
Call the Richmond Chapter Office for information at 804-967-2580

Younger-Onset and Newly Diagnosed, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 4:30 pm 
For Caregivers and for Persons with Dementia
.  Eight sessions.  Will meet twice a month.  Prescreening is required prior to enrollment.  For information on this group, contact the Richmond Chapter Office at 804-967-2580.
(Beechwell Adult Day Care) Taylor

The Other Additional Dementias (TOAD)
Last Friday of each month, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Rare Dementias SG:  LBD, PCA, PSP, DLB, FTD, FAD, HD, ACD, WKS, NPH, Binswanger and others
VCU NOW Center, 11958 W. Broad St., 2nd Floor Conference Room, Henrico, VA 23233

For Caregivers and for Persons with Dementia, 4th Tuesday, 4:30 pm
Separate, concurrent groups for family members are available.  Prescreening is required.  For information on this group, contact the Richmond Chapter Office at 967-2592. (Derbyshire Baptist Church)

Early Stage/Newly Diagnosed, 2nd Tuesday, 4:30 pm
For Caregivers and for Persons with Dementia

Separate, concurrent groups for family members are available.  Prescreening is required.  For information on this group, contact the Richmond Chapter Office at 967-2592. (Derbyshire Baptist Church) Taylor and Nancy

Engagement Group, 2nd Tuesday, 4:30 pm
This Engagement Group is designed for persons in the more moderate stages of dementia.  Participants engage in a variety of activities including animal, art and music therapy.  Separate, concurrent support group for family members will also occur.  For information on this group, contact the Chapter Office at 967-2598.  Click here for flyer.  (The Memory Center) Beth and Lisa

Coming Soon, Younger-Onset Group
For Caregivers and for Persons with Dementia
For individuals who are under the age of 65.  Jessica

Coming Soon, Grief Support
Bon Secours Guest House, 1100 Libbie Avenue, Richmond VA 23226

Coming Soon, LGBTQ
Circle Center, 4900 W. Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23230

Coming Soon, Reveille UMC
4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, VA 23221

For more information, please contact the Richmond Chapter Office at 967-2580.

Fredericksburg
When:  Last Wednesday of each month
Where:  Keystone Coffee, 2206 Princess Anne Street
Time:  9:30 am - 11:00 am

Petersburg
When:  4th Wednesday of each month
Where:  Perk's Coffee Shop,  8 W. Bank Street
Time:  3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sandston
When:  4th Wednesday of each month
Where:  Sandston Library, 23 East Williamsburg Road
Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Kilmarnock
When:  First Tuesday of each month
Where:  Sage Café, 68 South Main Street
Time:  10:00 am - 11:30 am

 

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Connect with others online

The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide a virtual online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association online community.

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Support Groups

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

Richmond Area
Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-967-2580.

Adult Children, 2nd Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Bon Air Methodist Church
1645 Buford Rd., Room 207, N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
Mary

Ashland, 1st Tuesday, 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church
800 Thompson St., Ashland, VA 23005
Bob

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

Chesterfield, 1st Tuesday, 10:30 am
Second Branch Baptist Church
12217 Second Branch Road, Chesterfield, VA 23838
Edith and Sharon

Chesterfield, 3rd Thursday, 7:00 pm
Lucy Corr Village
6800 Lucy Corr Court, Classroom, Chesterfield, VA 23832
Edith

East End, 4th Saturday, 12:00 pm
First Union Baptist Church,
3510 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222
Jacki and DeBora

East Henrico, 1st Thursday, 6:00 pm
Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1127 N. 28th St. (Conference Room)
Richmond, VA 23223
Wanda and Joann

Eastern Goochland, 2nd Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Home of Hedy Walker, 1661 Centerville Parke Lane
Manakin Sabot, VA 23103
Susan

Near West End, 3rd Wednesday, 5:30 pm
Riverside PACE, 1300 Mactavish Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
Taylor and Wayne

West End, 4th Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
St. Mary's Hospital, 5801 Bremo Rd., Room 163, Richmond, VA 23226
Susan

Far West End, 1st Monday, 10:00 am
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road, Room M109 (Sanctuary Bldg.), Glen Allen, VA 23059
Jessica

Far West End, 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 am
Lakewood Manor
1900 Lauderdale Drive, Henrico, VA 23238
Beth and Bob

Mechanicsville, 3rd Monday, 7:00 pm
Shady Grove United Methodist Church
8209 Shady Grove Rd., Room E106, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Dave and Beth

Mechanicsville, 2nd Wednesday, 9:30 am
Hanover Adult Day Center
7231 Stonewall Parkway, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Vivian and Barbara

Midlothian, 2nd Wednesday, 10:00 am
New Life United Methodist Church
900 Old Hundred Rd., Midlothian, VA 23114
Bob and Leigh

Midlothian, 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Brandermill Woods Health Care Center 
2100 Brandermill Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112
Merle and Greg

Powhatan Area, 4th Thursday, 5:30 pm
dayBreaks Adult Day Care, 2405 Dovercourt Drive, Midlothian, VA 23113
Nancy

Sandston, 4th Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Chickahominy YMCA, 5401 Whiteside Rd., Sandston, VA 23150
Beth

Downtown, 4th Wednesday, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
VCU North Hospital, 8th Floor, Conference Room 8041
1200 E. Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23298
Jessica

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Tri-Cities Area
Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-446-5860.

Click here to print list of Tri-Cities support groups.

Hopewell, 1st Tuesday, 3:00 pm
First Baptist Church, Conference Room
401 N. Second Avenue, Hopewell, VA 23860
June

Petersburg, 2nd Wednesday, 4:00 pm
Petersburg Public Library, 1st Floor Conference Room,
201 W. Washington Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
Cindy

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Fredericksburg Area
Call the Chapter Office for information, 540-370-0835, ext. 8407.

Click here to print list of Fredericksburg support groups.

For Caregivers and for Persons Diagnosed with Dementia
2nd Monday, 6:30-8:00 pm

Fredericksburg, 3rd Tuesday, 6:00 pm
Carriage Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center
6106 Health Center Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Judy and Lori

Fredericksburg, 3rd Tuesday, 1:30 pm
Homecare America,
2017 Plank Road (Westwood Shopping Ctr.), Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Lori and Melite

Fredericksburg, 1st Tuesday, 10-11:30 am
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
4600 Spotsylvania Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Room
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Lori and Paulette

Fredericksburg, 4th Monday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
England Run Library, 806 Lyons Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Lori and Melite

Fredericksburg/Stafford County, 4th Wednesday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grace United Methodist Church
13056 Elk Ridge Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Support Group for Caregivers and for Persons Living with Dementia.
This group is designed for persons with mild to moderate Dementia and their caregivers/care partners.  The Support Groups are offered simultaneously.  Lunch is provided at noon by Grace United Methodist Church.

 

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Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Area
Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-446-5857

Click here to print list of MP/NN Support Groups.

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

Gloucester, 2nd Wednesday, 10:30 am
Alzheimer's Association Office - DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue, Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available.
Ted

Gloucester, 3rd Thursday, 6:00 pm
Alzheimer's Association Office - DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue, Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available
Ellie

Irvington, 1st Monday, 4:30 pm
Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, 132 Lancaster Dr., Irvington, VA 22480
Support Group available for people with dementia with reservation.
Amy and Mary

Tappahannock, 2nd Wednesday, 3:30 pm
Bay Aging's Adult Day Care, 1415-C Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA (behind Carson Flooring)
Jennifer and Shari

Callao, 2nd Thursday, 6:30 pm
Abilities Abound, 765 Northumberland Highway, Callao, VA
Jill and Carolyn

Early Stage (MP/NN Area)
For Persons with Dementia
 

  • 3rd Tuesday 10:00 am

Call the Chapter Office for information, 804-446-5857.

 

 


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