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 24/7 Helpline — 1.800.272.3900
The Alzheimer’s Association is excited to announce the start of a number of groups for individuals with early stage dementia. These groups are beginning in several communities including St. Louis, MO, Washington, MO, Crystal City, MO, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Collinsville, IL. These groups will be a place where people in the early stages of dementia can discuss issues related to their dementia, as well as support one another. It is a place to share thoughts, ideas, and feelings with one another. Many people will attend these groups after having gone through our Project Esteem program. Others may have been unable to attend Project Esteem due to time or location constraints. Anyone who is early in the disease process and would like to talk about their experiences is welcome to attend after talking with Early Stage Coordinator, Deb Bryer.
Each Early Stage Group will be held at the same time as a support group for caregivers. The caregiver groups offer an opportunity to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations that may come up along the way. By holding separate caregiver and early stage groups, at the same time, early stage caregivers can be offered the opportunity to talk with one another about specific issues that can come up early in the disease process. If the loved one with dementia does not want to attend the group for people in the early stages of the disease, the caregiver is still welcome to attend the caregiver group. If the caregiver does not want to attend, the person with memory loss may attend on their own.
We will continue to offer Project ESTEEM, our more intensive education and support program for people with early stage dementia and their family members. This program is offered twice each year in St. Louis.
To find out more information about these groups call 800.272.3900 or click on the link above for locations and times. People with memory loss need to talk with Deb Bryer before attending the group.
Project ESTEEM is an innovative information/support group for people with early stage memory loss. The program is unique in that both the person with dementia and a family member or friend attends. When Project ESTEEM meets, attendees split into groups. The friends and family discuss how to best help their loved ones, while those with dementia can talk and learn how to better cope with their diagnosis.
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.