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Get the emotional support you need and connect with others.

We offer support groups and social engagement programs for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. These programs are free of charge. For more information call our 24-hour helpline at 1.800.272.3900.

Be the hand that reaches out to provide comfort and hope. Become a trained, volunteer support group facilitator. Contact Kristy Longman at 631.319.3185 or kllongman@alz.org

  

 

 

Early Stage Social Engagement Programs
Early Stage Support Groups
Caregiver Support Groups
Online Programs

Early Stage Social Engagement Programs

Check back often for updates!

Out on the Town

 

Memory Café

This free program is for people in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease and their care partner to socialize and enjoy music, food and fun in a safe, relaxed atmosphere. Registration is required and space is limited. Call 800.272.3900 for information on times and specific locations.

April 12
Melville, NY
In partnership with Creative Caregiving Solutions

Early Stage Support Groups

Early Stage Meetup

Support group for people with early stage Alzheimer's/dementia featuring creative activities and discussions that encourage social engagement, disease education, cognitive stimulation and a supportive environment.

Meets weekly, every Friday from March 9th through May 4th.*
2:00pm - 3:00pm
American Legion Cathedral Post
233 Woodlawn Road
West Hempstead, NY 11552

*A Caregiver Support Group runs concurrently with Early Stage Meetup.

Call 800.272.3900 for information or to register.

 

Caregiver Support Groups

Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Groups are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to develop a support system, talk through issues and coping strategies, share feelings and learn about community resources.

Click here for a caregiver's perspective on the Alzheimer's Association Long Island Chapter support group.

***Please call before attending ANY group listed below to confirm date, time, and location.***

Suffolk County

Check out our NEW support groups!

NEW: Caring for the Caregiver, a support group for caregivers coping with the moderate to advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia (formerly a general caregiver support group).
Third Thursday of the month
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alzheimer's Association Long Island Chapter
425 Broadhollow Road, Suite 307
Melville, NY 11747

NEW: Caring for a Spouse - In partnership with Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Runs from January through March
Respite care will be provided by the Gurwin Jewish staff.
Second and Fourth Fridays of the month
10:00am - 11:30am
Gurwin Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
68 Hauppauge Road
Commack, NY 11725

NEW: Caught in the Middle - a support group for those "caught in the middle" of caring for a parent with dementia while managing their families and careers. 
Second Thursday of the month          
10:00am - 11:30am
Tully Law, PC
532 Broadhollow Road, Suite 123
Melville, NY 11747

NEW: Caregiver support groups in partnership with Day Haven Adult Day Services
Respite care will be provided by Day Haven Adult Day Services
First Wednesday of the month
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Day Haven Adult Day Services
400 Sheep Pasture Road
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Second Monday of the month
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Day Haven Adult Day Services
22210 Smithtown Avenue
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Last Friday of the month
10:00am -11:30am
Access Home Care
3100 Veterans Memorial Highway
Bohemia, NY 11716

NEW: Caregiver Support Group in partnership with the Patchogue YMCA
Second Thursday of the month
6:30pm -7:30pm
Patchogue YMCA
255 West Main Street
Patchogue, NY 11772

NEW: Caregiver Support Group - East Hampton
Second Tuesday of the month
11:00am - 12:30pm
East Hampton Library
159 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937

Support Groups in Suffolk County

Caregiver Support Group - Amityville

First Thursday of the month
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Massapequa Center
399 County Line Road
Amityville, NY 11701

Caregiver Support Group - Lake Ronkonkoma

First Tuesday of the month
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
307 Hawkins Avenue
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Caregiver Support Group - Melville

First Thursday of the month
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Alzheimer's Association Long Island Chapter
425 Broadhollow Road, Suite 307
Melville, NY 11747

Caregiver Support Group - Riverhead - NOTE NEW TIME!!!!

*Starting March 7th, this group will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 11:00am - 12:30pm
No support group in February.
Family Community Life Center (First Baptist Church)
1018 Northville Turnpike
Riverhead, NY 11901

Caregiver Support Group - Riverhead

Third Wednesday of the month
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Peconic Bay Medical Center
1300 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901

Caregiver Support Group - Smithtown

First Monday of the month
11:30am - 1:00pm
Sunrise Senior Living - Smithtown
30 Route 111
Smithtown, NY 11787

Caregiver Support Group - West Islip

First Wednesday of the month
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Our Lady of Consolation
111 Beach Drive
West Islip, NY 11795

Support Groups in Nassau County

 

Breakfast with Friends
Caregiver Support Group, YOUNGER ONSET - Melville 

Third Monday of the month
10:30am - 11:30am
Alzheimer's Association Long Island Chapter
425 Broadhollow Road, Suite 307
Melville, NY  11747

Welcome Alan S. Vann, Ed.D., new support group facilitator and former caregiver to his wife, who struggled with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease for ten years. Dr. Vann is also a retired educator and Elementary School Principal.  He writes for publication on the struggles of Alzheimer's disease and has been published in various medical journals, magazines and newspapers.

 

 


Caregiver Support Group - Albertson

Fourth Thursday of the month
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Shelter Rock Public Library
165 Searingtown Road
Albertson, NY 11507

Caregiver Support Group - East Meadow

Sunday Coffee Break
Fourth Sunday of the month
10:30am - 12:00pm
Sunrise of East Meadow
1555 Glenn Curtis Blvd.
East Meadow, NY 11554

Caregiver Support Group - Valley Stream

Coffee with Friends at "Sip This"
Second Thursday of the month
10:30am - 12:00pm
Sip This
64 Rockaway Avenue
Valley Stream, NY 11580

Caregiver Support Group - Farmingdale

Second Monday of the Month
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Farmingdale Public Library
116 Merritts Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735

Caregiver Support Group - Long Beach

First Tuesday of the month
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grandell Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
645 West Broadway
Long Beach, NY 11561

Caregiver Support Group - Merrick

Second Monday of the month
11:00am - 12:00pm
The Merrick Library Conference Room
2279 Merrick Avenue
Merrick, NY 11566

Caregiver Support Group - Oceanside

Second Thursday of the Month
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oceanside Library
30 Davison Avenue
Oceanside, NY  11572


For more information about participating in any of these groups, call Sharon Reichman at 800.272.3900

Online Programs

The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms provide a virtual online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. Our message boards have thousands of registered members from around the United States and thousands more who refer to the stories and information that is available 24 hours a day.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association online community.

The Alzheimer's Association's Early Stage Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers and people in the early stage of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia through regularly scheduled meetings. These groups help participants develop coping methods and encourage caregivers to maintain their personal, physical and emotional health.


 

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