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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.

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
4:30pm
563.293.8056
MOLINE, IL, Memory Minders

Active Day Adult Day Center
4011 Avenue of the Cities
1st Thursday
3:00-4:30pm
563.293.8056
URBANDALE, Early Stage

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
8301 Aurora Ave.
Urbandale, IA

 
1st Tuesday
4:00 - 5:30 pm
515.218.2680

Caregiver Support Groups

Additional Caregiver Support Groups are available to those that have loved ones in the middle to late stages of the disease. We encourage all guests to call the facilitator listed prior to attending the group. Click Community Resource Finder and search for a support group near you.

 

HERO Project (Health and Resilience Outreach Project)

The Health and Resilience Outreach (HERO) Project, is a project unique to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter. The overall goal of the HERO Project is to help caregivers of those with a form of dementia to stay healthy by providing support and resources to them on a consistent basis. In addition, this project will reduce the cost of health care for individuals with dementia primarily though healthcare surveillance of this individual and enhanced access to home and community based services and by increasing the health of their own family caregiver.

Volunteers are recruited and trained to provide services and supports to people in their homes via telephone contact. Volunteers will also be trained to conduct health surveillance for the person with dementia to ensure health care intervention is provided at the right level of care, avoiding hospitalizations.  

As a result of this project, the Alzheimer’s Association anticipates caregivers will maintain a higher level of resilience, resulting in a higher compliance of treatment regimens for their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, reduced hospitalizations, and delayed admissions to long term care.  The individual with Alzheimer’s disease will experience longer periods of health and well-being and should their health condition change, receive a more timely  referral to an appropriate level of care.


HERO VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers for the HERO Project are critical to sustaining the HERO Project here in Iowa. If you have a passion for caring for those affected by Alzheimer’s and the time to give, we hope you will consider this project.

Volunteer Qualifications:
  • Experience with dementia as a family member or health care professional preferred. 
  • Strong listening skills and effective communication skills.
  • Access to a home computer and email.
  • Commitment to promote the mission and services of the Alzheimer’s Association and willingness to act as an extension of the Association and put other responsibilities and obligations aside when acting in this role.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
Time Commitment:
  • Training Time
    • Volunteer orientation - 2 hours
    • Ongoing training - periodically
  • Calling 1-2 caregivers on a weekly or biweekly schedule, approximately, 2 hours per month. A commitment of at least one year is expected.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Provide telephone support on a scheduled periodic basis: be a friend.
  • Develop a support plan in collaboration with the caregiver to address the patient and caregiver needs.
  • Provide information and referrals for the services and supports of the Alzheimer’s Association and other community resources.
  • Assist in identifying a care team of family and friends.
Contact Barb McClannahan at 515.512.9101 or bmcclannahan@alz.org for more information.


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.