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Why do you need a caregiver support group?


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.




What is a caregiver support group?


An Alzheimer’s Association support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Alzheimer’s Association support groups are facilitated by trained professionals and community members.

Support group members are typically the spouse, adult child, other family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. In some areas, specially designed Memory Clubs are available for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or very early Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. You can learn more about our resources for people with dementia here.

The Alzheimer’s Association has over 120 support groups active throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. Meetings typically take place monthly at varying hours, including both day and evening sessions. Support group meetings take place in churches, senior centers, libraries, hospitals or other facilities. Alzheimer’s Association support groups are always free of charge and open to the general public.

The atmosphere of an Alzheimer’s Association support group is one of sharing and caring friendship. The environment is a confidential and non-judgmental place to share ideas, frustrations, anger and joy. Members receive positive reinforcement.

Support groups are solely for individuals who are currently caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Our support groups and their volunteer leaders 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 Denise Wickiser, support group manager, by phone: 952.857.0521 or by email: denise.wickiser@alz.org




Support group listings


We have many caregiver support groups, at various times and locations. Most groups are for all types of dementia caregivers, but there are also specific groups for spouses and partners, adult children, men, people caring for those with younger-onset Alzheimer's, Spanish-speaking and others. Check to see if there is a group close to you that fits your needs.

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If you would like more information or are unable to access the links above, please contact the 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.



 

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

Are you a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia looking to connect with others like you?

Check out our local resources for people with dementia

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