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Memory Club
Meetup Groups 
Connect with others Online
Mentor

 

Find a Support Group

We have more than 140 support groups through Minnesota and North Dakota, which are free of charge and open to the general public. All of our support groups are 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 for designed specifically for people with early stage Alzheimer's, spouses and partners, adult children, men, people caring for those with younger-onset Alzheimer's and others. Find a support group near 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

Start a Support Group

Alzheimer's disease or another dementia is life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. Our support groups provide a place to connect with others who truly understand.

Support Group facilitators are:

  • Good listeners
  • Problem-solvers
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Comfortable with expressions of emotion
  • Knowledgeable or willing to learn about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and caregiver issues
  • Open to being trained as an affiliated volunteer support group facilitator with a commitment of at least one year

If you are interested in starting a Support Group, contact Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or gbanderson@alz.org.

Memory Clubs

In some areas, specially designed Memory Clubs are available for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia and their care partners. Memory Club is designed to meet the needs of both the person with memory loss and a family member or friend. One half of each two hour session (total of 10 sessions) is devoted to topics that address the entire group, and the second hour is spent in private peer groups: one for people with memory loss and one for their partners.

The goals of the Memory Club are to provide a safe environment to learn more about the disease and to be able to share experiences and ask questions and an opportunity to develop friendships and talk with others about the experience of memory loss.
Screening and pre-registration is required for Memory Club. To register, contact the person listed under your location:

Minneapolis
Carol Ashwood, MSW, LGSW
Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center
952.993.6506

St. Paul
Catherine Engstrom, LGSW
Wilder Foundation
651.280.2517

St. Louis Park
Karen Gallagher, LISW
Park Nicollet Clinic
952.993.6506

Stillwater
Jenny West
FamilyMeans
651.789.4015

If you have questions about Memory Club call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Meetup Groups

Meetup is a program designed to build a safe and comfortable social meeting space, both virtually and in-person. In-person social meetings occur once a month at various locations, which is determined by the group and then posted on the Meetup.com group sites. Time, dates and group locations vary. Groups include:

Groups for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)/Early Dementia and Care Partners:

Connect with others online

The Alzheimer's Association ALZConnected® message boards and chat rooms are free online communication forums. Our message boards offer an online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer's or another dementia, including:

  • People with the disease
  • Caregivers
  • Family members
  • Friends
  • Individuals who have lost someone to Alzheimer's

Join ALZConnected, the Alzheimer's Association online community.

Mentor

Mentoring is available to those with MCI or early dementia seeking the opportunity to be a mentor to persons newly diagnosed who have contacted the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline or who have participated in an Association-affiliated early dementia program. As a Mentor, your role will be to call and connect with people and invite them to join the Memory Meetup online and in-person social gatherings.

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about Mentor, contact Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or gbanderson@alz.org.

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Support Group and Memory Clubs and their facilitators are not to be contacted for commercial purposes, solicitation or visits from anyone who is not currently caring for someone with dementia. Researchers and college-level students who wish to attend a group for purposes of study may submit requests to Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or gbanderson@alz.org.