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Get the emotional support you need

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.

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What Is a Support Group?

Support groups are regularly scheduled, free gatherings of persons who are providing care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The groups are facilitated by persons trained by the Alzheimer's Association and are held throughout the state in community-based settings. The primary purpose of these groups is to provide education/knowledge about the disease and caregiver skills. The combination of education and emotional support should enable caregivers to feel better at the end of the meeting. Groups remind caregivers they are not alone, give them a chance to say what they are feeling in a supportive environment, learn new strategies and resources in the community and foster support networks. Each group has its own character and each meeting is different. It may take some time to find the right group. Be sure to contact the group leader before attending group.

The schedule of groups is listed below. Be sure to contact the group leader before attending group.

Alzheimer Specific Support groups: These groups focus exclusively on the challenges and concerns of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR CAREGIVERS
(Updated 11/14)

What is a support group? Support groups are regularly scheduled, free gatherings of persons who are providing care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. The groups are facilitated by persons trained by the Alzheimer’s Association and are held throughout the state in community-based settings. The primary purpose of these groups is to provide education/knowledge about the disease and caregiving skills. The combination of education and emotional support should enable caregiver to feel better at the end of the meeting. Groups remind caregivers they are not alone, give them a chance to say what they are feeling in a supportive environment, learn new strategies and resources in the community and foster support networks. Each group has its own character and each meeting is different. It may take some time to find the right group.

The schedule of groups is listed below. Be sure to contact the group leader before attending group.

 

Alzheimer’s Specific Support Groups: These groups focus exclusively on the challenges and concerns of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.

 Barrington Barrington Senior Ctr.
1st Monday 1-2pm
Ann Murphy 434-0891, Margaret Shand
 Cranston
Hope Alzheimer's Center
2nd Thursday 2:00 - 3:30pm
946-9220 Melanie Beaton & Dorothy Poveromo
 Coventry Coventry Senior Ctr.
1st Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00pm
Peter Fournier 439-1634
 East Greenwich
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Every Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
737-5298 Alice Phanof
 Greenville Dora C. Howard Adult Day Center
4th Wednesday 1:00-3:00 p.m.
949-3890 Kathy Biddle
 Lincoln Lincoln Senior Center
3rd Thursday 10:30 a.m.
753-7000 Lois Durkin
 Middletown Middletown Senior Center
4th Tuesday 11am - 12pm
Janet Grapentine, RN
401-848-4119

 Middletown

LGBT Support Group

Calvary United Methodist Church
1st & 3rd Tueday 10am - 11am
Janet Grapentine, RN 401-848-4119
 Newport Newport Hospital
4th Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
846-0727 Kerry Murphy
 North Kingstown

Beechwood House
2nd Tuesday 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
268-1591 Mary Sadowski

 North Kingstown
St. Francis de Sales Church
First Wednesday
5:30-7:00 p.m.
421-0008 Annie Murphy
 North Providence
Salvatore Mancini Center
Last Thursday 10:30a.m.-11:30a.m.
553-1031 Ext. 3923 Monet Jean Phillippe
 Portsmouth Multi-Purpose Senior Center
Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
846-0727 Kerry Murphy
 Providence - Spanish

Elmwood Adult Day
Last Thursday
12pm - 1pm, lunch provided
401-461-6060
Denisse Acosta
Katherine Peralta

 Providence - Alz. Assoc.
 RI Chapter Office
Carol Nahod
1st Wednesday
6:30pm - 8:00pm
440-3886
 Providence - Alz. Assoc.
 RI Chapter
Early Stage Group - Caregiver & Person w/Early Memory Loss
(Time Limited Group)
5th Floor Conference Room
1st & 3rd Thursday
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Jody Simone & Stewart Burchard
421-0008 Annie Murphy
 Warren Warren Baptist Church
4th Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
396-5200 Joan Miller
 Warwick Gentiva Hospice Care
3rd Tuesday 9:30-10:30 a.m.
738-1492 Makayla Cunningham 

 

General Caregiver Support Groups

The groups listed below are some of those that provide support to caregivers of persons with any long-term health disorder. Many other long-term care facilities, adult day programs, assisted living facilities or senior centers may provide such groups as well.

 Pawtucket Leon Mathieu Senior Center
Last Tuesday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
401-722-3560 ext. 310 Nicole Vadnais
 South Kingstown "The Center" at South Kingstown Senior Center
2nd Wednesday  1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
783-0960, Kathy Swink

 

 


 

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