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Get the emotional support you need

We have many support groups in the East Central Iowa area, at various times and locations. If you prefer, call our 24/7 Helpline - 1.800.272.3900 - for more information.

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Early Stage Support Group

The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter is now offering an Early Stage Support Group for those individuals experiencing early stage dementia and their care partners to attend together. The monthly support groups are free of charge. If you have questions or are interested in the Early Stage Support Group, please contact Ann Drobot at 319.294.9699.

Cedar Rapids
2nd Thursday of the month
5 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
317 7th Ave SE, Suite 402
Facilitators: Ann Drobot & Bev Valant

Waterloo
Date and times vary.
Location varies.
The Early Stage Social Engagement Group meets monthly in the Cedar Valley. Please contact Sally Timmer at 319.277.4100 or stimmer@alz.org for more information.

Memories in the Making Fine Arts Class
1st Thursday of the month
5 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
317 7th Ave SE, Second Floor Conference Room
The Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter is partnering with Eastern Iowa Arts Academy through a Humanities Iowa grant to provide this class for those with memory loss and their care partners. No artistic experience needed! Space is limited, so please register by calling 319.294.9699.

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Connect with Others Online

When facing Alzheimer’s disease, it helps to connect with others who relate to your experiences. ALZConnected is a online social networking community where people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and others affected by the disease can share questions and form new connections. ALZConnected is powered by the Alzheimer’s Association and can be easily accessed by visiting www.alzconnected.org.

On ALZConnected, you don’t have to explain what it means to live with Alzheimer’s. The other users know, and are willing to offer their advice and solutions to common challenges. We’ll help you to form “connections” with other users, matching you based on common criteria. Tap into a diverse community via our message boards, or create a private group organized around a specific topic.

Click here to visit ALZConnected and join a community of support for those facing Alzheimer’s. For more information contact our 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.

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Support Group Facilitator Training

Support groups are peer or professionally led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. All Alzheimer’s Association support groups are facilitated by trained individuals.

The Alzheimer's Association offers training for those interested in facilitating or co-facilitating a support group in a community or independent living setting. Qualifications for leading a support group include:

  • General knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders Experience as a caregiver or working directly with caregivers
  • A willingness to seek out and provide up to date information on research, care and treatment to group members
  • A lack of personal agenda for facilitating the group, such as job requirement or a marketing aide to enhance the reputation of a program
  • Must have a satisfactory criminal background check

If you meet the prerequisites and are interested in becoming a facilitator, please contact us at 319.294.9699 to begin the application process.

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Support groups listed by county

Allamakee County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Benton County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Black Hawk County

Cedar Falls
3rd Tuesday of the month
5:00 p.m.
Nazareth Lutheran Church
7401 University Ave
Facilitator: Sally Timmer & Kelly Carman

Waterloo
3rd Monday of the month
1:30 p.m.
Friendship Village Chapel
600 Park Ln
Facilitators: Bev McCadam & Julie Thomas

Waterloo
1st Tuesday of the month
12 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
2530 University Ave, Suite 2
Facilitators: Sally Timmer & Jessica Fairbanks

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Bremer County

Waverly*
1st Tuesday of the month
12:30 p.m.
Waverly Health Center: Tendrils Rooftop Garden
312 9th St SW
Facilitators: Cathryn Baumgartner & Kara Rewerts

*Caregivers are encouraged to bring their loved ones with dementia for a separate music therapy session, led by Waverly Health Center's board-certified music therapist, during the time the support group meets. No musical background is needed.

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Buchanan County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Butler County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Cedar County

Tipton
Last Tuesday of the month
6:30 p.m.
Prairie Hills Assisted Living
219 S Cedar St
Facilitators: Amy Zobel & Lorraine Abrahamson

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Chickasaw County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Clayton County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Fayette County

Oelwein
4th Wednesday of the month
1:00 p.m.
Grandview HealthCare Center
800 5th St SE
Facilitators: Allison Phillips & Linda Jensen

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Grundy County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Howard County

Cresco
1st and 3rd Fridays of the month
1:30 p.m.
Cresco Public Library
320 N Elm St
Facilitator: Connie Strom

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Iowa County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Johnson County

Iowa City
1st Sunday of the month
12:30 p.m.
Iowa City Senior Center: Room 205
28 S Linn St
Facilitators: Gwen Elling & Barb Faust

Solon
2nd Wednesday of the month
3:30 p.m.
Solon Public Library
320 W Main St
Facilitators: Sadie Pederson

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Jones County

Anamosa
4th Wednesday of the month
4 p.m.
Pinicon Place
1615 Breca Ridge Dr
Facilitators: Tamra Albright, Annette Wheeler and Jane Ortgies

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Linn County

Cedar Rapids
2nd Thursday of the month
10:30 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
317 7th Ave SE, Suite 402
Facilitator: Ann Drobot

Cedar Rapids
4th Tuesday of the month
6:30 p.m.
Mercy Medical Center: Katz Cardiovascular Conference Room
701 10th Street SE
Facilitators: Amanda Pins and Gina Kaufman

Marion
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
1:30 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
3500 29th Ave
Facilitators: Marlys Claussen and Carole Butz

Robins
1st Tuesday of the month
6 p.m.
Emery Place Assisted Living & Memory Care
901 S Mentzer Rd
Facilitator: Jennifer Owens

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Tama County

If you are interested in a support group in your county, please contact the Alzheimer's Association for further information.

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Washington County

Washington
1st Monday of the month
6:30 p.m.
United Presbyterian Home
1201 E Washington St
Facilitator: Connie Crossett

Washington
3rd Thursday of the month
2:00 p.m.
Halcyon House
1124 S Ave B
Facilitators: Susan Wellington and Tracy Laws

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Winneshiek County

Decorah
4th Tuesday of the month
6:30 p.m.
Decorah Lutheran Church
309 Winnebago
Facilitator: Brecka Putnam and Debra Masek

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