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All our support groups throughout Iowa are now being conducted virtually, as a result of COVID-19. We are here for you during this difficult time. Our support groups are free of charge and open to the general public. They are all facilitated by trained individuals and meet at various locations and times. Most groups are for all types of dementia caregivers, but there are also specific groups designed for everyone.
Find a support group that works for you.

Support groups offer:

  • Safe place to meet and develop a mutual support system
  • 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

Find a support group near you.  Visit our Community Resource Finder.
1. Click Alzheimer's Association Programs and Events
2. Click Support Groups
3. Type in a zip code or city and state
4. Click Search
5. Above the search results you can click to search by date or distance

Emotional Support

Sometimes you just need to talk.  The Alzheimer's Association provides a number of ways to support those with Alzheimer's or dementia, caregivers, or family members. We have a number of support groups at various times and locations. Check to see if there is a support group close to you that fits your needs.  Visit our Community Resource Finder.

Support Group Facilitator Training

For volunteers interested in facilitating an Alzheimer's support group in their community.  Training will include ways to encourage participants to share, how to run meetings and education on programs and services available to caregivers.  You must pre-register for these trainings. Contact your local office for more details.

Interested in getting a support group started or becoming a facilitator?

We would like to discuss with you. Please contact: 
Acacia Deadrick: 712.454.5035, 
Megan Pedersen: 563.293.8058,

For Those With Alzheimer's

Specialized early-state and younger-onset support groups are available for persons with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Memory Minders & The Forum Support Groups

These time-limited support groups are for individuals with younger-onset or in the early stages of Alzheimer's or related dementia. Sessions combine education with support, and include personal and practical tips, memory aids and cognitive exercises. Participants must be willing and able to discuss their diagnosis. Free, but please pre-register. Memory/Minders/The Forum meets at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group.

Early -Stage/Younger-Onset Caregiver Support Groups

Support groups specifically for caregivers of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease before the age of 65 or those who have a loved one attending Memory Minders/The Forum. Caregivers are encouraged to share experiences and learn from each other. Pre-registration is required. Caregiver Support Group meets at the same time as Memory Minders/The Forum.

CALL BEFORE ATTENDING Memory Minders/The Forum Groups
Location Date and Time Register by Calling
BETTENDORF, Memory Minders

St. James Lutheran Church
1705 Oak St.
3rd Thursday
MOLINE, IL, Memory Minders

Active Day Adult Day Center
4011 Avenue of the Cities
1st Thursday
URBANDALE, Early Stage

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
8301 Aurora Ave.
Urbandale, IA

1st Tuesday
4:00 - 5:30 pm