- Caregiver Support Groups
- Telephone Caregiver Support Groups
- Early Stage Support Groups
- Dementia Care Professionals Support Groups
- 24/7 Helpline
- Holiday Tips
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are 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 what you are going through.
Caregiver Support Groups
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 Association 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.
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
All of our support groups are facilitated by trained individuals.
Caregiver Support Groups
Telephone Caregiver Support Group
The Alzheimer’s Association National Chapters is providing a Telephone Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. The purpose is to reach those caregivers who could benefit from a support group, yet find it difficult to travel to a meeting site.
The meetings are the first Monday of the month, from 2pm to 3:30 pm mountain time. Call 1.800.272.3900 for more information about joining the telephone support group.
Early Stage Support Groups
The Alzheimer's Association's Early Stage Support Groups are led by trained facilitators and offer dementia-related education, resources, emotional support and connections with others living with the disease. Topics include disclosing the diagnosis, changing relationships, maintaining independence, and medications and research.
Pre-registration is required to attend an Early Stage Support Group. Please contact Kate Nederostek, Program Director (801-265-1944 or email@example.com) to learn more.
To read LIVING with Alzheimer’s, a short story written by the members of the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter Early Stage Support Group about their experiences within this group, please click here.
Dementia Care Professionals Support Group
This group is only for professionals that work with individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Join us for support through education and collaboration with other professionals.
The Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to all those who need assistance. The 24/7 Helpline serves people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Our highly trained and knowledgeable staff can help you with:
1. Understanding memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s
2. Medications and other treatment options
3. General information about aging and brain health
4. Skills to provide quality care and to find the best care from professionals
5. Legal, financial and living arrangement decisions
6. Confidential care consultation provided by master’s level clinicians who can help with decision
making support, crisis assistance and education on issues families face every day
7. Help in a caller’s preferred language using out translation service that features over 140
languages and dialects
8. Referrals to local community programs, services, and ongoing support
Call us 24/7 at 800.272.3900
Note: Our helpline staff does not perform diagnosis. If you or someone you care for is having memory problems, please see your doctor.
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For families and caregivers of individuals with dementia, the holidays can prove even more exhausting and difficult, often leading to sadness and disappointment. If you're feeling guilty, angry, frustrated, or trapped before, during or after holiday celebrations, it may help to know that these feelings are normal and you are not alone.
To help you get through the holidays, the Alzheimer's Association has created a Holiday Advice Pocket Guide that will provide you with tips and suggestions to help make the holidays as meaningful and enjoyable as possible. We also have available a Holiday Tips Fact Sheet.