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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 and families experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.  The monthly support groups are free of charge.  If you have questions or are interested in the Early Stage Support Group, please contact the Alzheimer's Association at 1.800.272.3900.

Cedar Rapids
1st Thursday of the month
5:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
317 7th Ave SE, Suite 402
Facilitators: Ann Drobot & Bev Balant

*Early Stage Support Group will not meet in June or July. Meetings will resume in August.

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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.

 

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.

Black Hawk County

Cedar Falls
2nd Monday of the month
5:00 p.m.
Nazareth Lutheran Church
7401 University Ave
Facilitator: Sindy Mason & Kristie Wood
*Will not be meeting in June due to a scheduling conflict. Support Group will resume in July.

Cedar Falls
3rd Tuesday of the month
5:00 p.m.
Alzheimer's Association East Central Iowa Chapter
2616 Orchard Dr, Suite B
Facilitator: Sally Timmer

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

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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 & Kris Meyer

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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

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

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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: Linda Jensen & Allison Phillips


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

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

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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.
Johnson County Senior Center: Room 205
28 S Linn St
Facilitators: Gwen Elling & Barb Faust

Solon
2nd Wednesday of the month
3 p.m.
Solon Public Library
320 W Main St
Facilitators: Jacobi Feckers and Courtney Vassiliades

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Jones County

New support group coming soon!

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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
3rd Monday of the month
6:30 p.m.
St. Luke's Hospital: Room 193
1026 A Ave NE
Facilitator: Brenda Valenta

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

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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 Church
209 E Washington St
Facilitator: Connie Crossett

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

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Winneshiek 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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