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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 Chapter Office for information - 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 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 Gormus, 320-0619 & Erin Davidson, 514-2142

Ashland, 1st Tuesday, 7:00 pm
First Baptist Church
800 Thompson St., Ashland, VA 23005
Bob Junod, 752-2219

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 Lentz, 967-2586

Chesterfield, 1st Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Second Branch Baptist Church
12217 Second Branch Road, Chesterfield, VA 23838
Christina Dhir, 536-9229 & Barbara Harris, 651-0461

Chesterfield, 3rd Thursday, 7:00 pm
Lucy Corr Village
6800 Lucy Corr Court, Classroom, Chesterfield, VA 23832
Blanche Castelow, 748-5585 & Edith Byrnes, 271-4441

East End, 4th Saturday, 12:00 pm
First Union Baptist Church,
3510 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222
Jacki Page, 321-2573 & DeBora Holliday

Far West End, 1st Monday, 10:00 am
Will meet Sept. 8 instead of Sept. 1.

Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
11220 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Jessica Samet, 967-2580

Far West End, 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 am
Lakewood Manor
1900 Lauderdale Drive, Henrico, VA 23238
Mary Ann Johnson, 967-2582 & Frank Schwall, 521-9274

Mechanicsville, 2nd Tuesday, 2:00 pm
Will not meet May thru Aug.  Will resume on Sept. 9.

New Highland Baptist Church
9200 New Ashcake Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Rev. Bob Fleming, 550-9601

Mechanicsville, 2nd Wednesday, 9:30 am
Hanover Adult Day Center
7231 Stonewall Parkway, Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Vivian Bagby, 321-1649 & Barbara Allen, 782-1942

Midlothian, 2nd Wednesday, 10:00 am
New Life United Methodist Church
900 Old Hundred Rd., Midlothian, VA 23114
Bob Schaefer, 310-7991 & Leigh Hilldrup, 839-0236

Midlothian, 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Brandermill Woods
14311 Brandermill Woods Trail, Midlothian, VA 23112
Merle Kahn, 967-2575

Sandston, 4th Thursday, 6:30 pm
New Bridge Baptist Church, 5701 Elko Rd., Sandston, VA 23150
Kristin Guest, 967-2598 & Connie Tucker, 241-2056

Tri-Cities Area

Hopewell, 1st Tuesday, 3:00 pm
Will not meet June thru Aug.  Will resume on Sept. 2.

First Baptist Church, Conference Room
401 N. Second Avenue, Hopewell, VA 23860
Blanche Castelow, 748-5585 & June Gilliam, 748-6668

Dinwiddie, 1st Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 pm
Will not meet July or August.  Will resume on Sept. 2.
St. Paul's Baptist Church
29 Elm Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
Call 800-272-3900

Petersburg, 3rd Thursday, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Vista Park Memory Care (formerly Greenfield)
Family Conference Room, 550 Flank Road,
Petersburg, VA 23805.  Lunch sponsored by Vista Park.
LaChelle Rouse, 861-4358

Petersburg, 4th Wednesday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Riverside PACE, 315 Brown Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
Call 800-272-3900

Colonial Heights, 4th Tuesday, 11:00 am-12:00 noon
Care Advantage, Conference Room 
3509 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Call 800-272-3900 

Fredericksburg Area

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

Fredericksburg, 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 pm
Carriage Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center
6106 Health Center Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Judy Scheibe, 540-898-1378

Fredericksburg, 3rd Tuesday, 1:30 pm
Homecare America,
2017 Plank Road (Westwood Shopping Ctr.), Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Lori Myers, 540-370-0835

Fredericksburg, 1st Tuesday, 10-11:30 am
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
4600 Spotsylvania Ave., 2nd Floor Conference Room
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Lori Myers, 540-370-0835

 

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.
Ellie Galloway, 804-695-9382

Urbanna, 4th Thursday, 1:30 pm
Port Town Village Apts.
111 Port Town Lane, Urbanna, VA 23175
No respite available.
Barbara Swain, 804-758-2386

Gloucester, 2nd Wednesday, 10:30 am
Alzheimer's Association Office - DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue, Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available.
Ted Leonard, 804-642-9189

Gloucester, 3rd Thursday, 6:00 pm
Alzheimer's Association Office - DeHardit House
7335 Lewis Avenue, Gloucester, VA 23061
No respite available
Ellie Galloway, 804-695-9382

Warsaw, 2nd Tuesday, 10:30 am
The Orchard
2 Delfae Dr., Warsaw, VA 22572
Respite available with reservation. 
Jill White, 804-313-2400

 

 



 

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