Often times, we hear caregivers say they are looking for support from people who "really understand because they've been there, too." An Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group offers just that – a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to meet and develop a mutual support system. Participation in a support group can be an empowering experience, helping members feel better prepared to cope with their unique situation. Support group members report feeling less alone, more able to confront their daily problems, and more hopeful about their future.
It's a place to:
- Exchange practical information on caregiving problems and possible solutions
- Talk through challenges and ways of coping
- Share feelings, needs and concerns
- Learn about resources available in your community
We have more than 140 support groups through Minnesota and North Dakota, which are free of charge and open to the general public. All of our support groups are facilitated by trained individuals and meet at various locations and times. Most groups are for all types of dementia caregivers, but there are also specific groups for designed specifically for people with early stage Alzheimer's, spouses and partners, adult children, men, people caring for those with younger-onset Alzheimer's and others.
Alzheimer's disease is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. Our support groups provide a place to connect with others who truly understand. Support Group facilitators are:
- Good listeners
- Have a sense of humor
- Comfortable with expressions of emotion
- Knowledgeable or willing to learn about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and caregiver issues
- Open to being trained as an affiliated volunteer support group facilitator with a commitment of at least one year
If you are interested in starting a Support Group, contact Katie Roberg, Program Services Specialist:
By phone: 952.767.7568
By email: email@example.com
In some areas, specially designed Memory Clubs are available for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia and their care partners. Memory Club is designed to meet the needs of both the person with memory loss and a family member or friend. One half of each two hour session (total of 10 sessions) is devoted to topics that address the entire group, and the second hour is spent in private peer groups: one for people with memory loss and one for their partners.
The goals of the Memory Club are to provide a safe environment to learn more about the disease and to be able to share experiences and ask questions and an opportunity to develop friendships and talk with others about the experience of memory loss.
Screening and pre-registration is required for Memory Club. To register, contact the person listed under your location:
Carol Ashwood, MSW, LGSW – Augustana
Catherine Engstrom, LGSW – Wilder Foundation
St. Louis Park
Karen Gallagher, LISW – Park Nicollet Clinic
Jenny West – FamilyMeans
If you have questions about Memory Club call our Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.
Meetup is a program designed to build a safe and comfortable social meeting space, both virtually and in-person. In-person social meetings occur once a month at various locations, which is determined by the group and then posted on the Meetup Group website. Time, dates and group locations vary. Groups include:
Meetup - Younger-Onset Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Connection
Meetup - People with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)/Early Dementia and Care Partners:
The Alzheimer's Association ALZConnected® message boards and chat rooms are your free online communication forum. Our message boards offer an online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer's or another dementia, including:
- People with the disease
- Family members
- Individuals who have lost someone to Alzheimer's
|Support Group and Memory Clubs and their facilitators are not to be contacted for commercial purposes, solicitation or visits from anyone who is not currently caring for someone with dementia. Researchers and college level students who wish to attend a group for purposes of study may submit requests to Katie Roberg, Program Services Specialist at 952.767.7568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.|