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Person with Dementia Support Groups

Person with Dementia Support Groups are free of charge and are geared towards individuals who have recently been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment or dementia and are in the early stage of the disease progression. All support groups are facilitated by a trained Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator and meet at various locations and times. Virtual support groups are also available. Individuals are required to connect with the Alzheimer’s Association prior to joining the group. Please call our 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 for more information.

Person with Dementia Support Groups offer:

  • A safe place to meet and develop a mutual support system
  • Exchange practical information about Mild Cognitive Impairment and dementia
  • Talk through challenges and ways of coping with your diagnosis
  • Share feelings, needs, and concerns

In-Person, Person with Dementia Support Groups

Duluth, MN
Day: 2nd Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Contact: Helpline 1.800.272.3900

Burnsville, MN

These groups are currently full and there is a waitlist at this time. 

Day: 2nd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Helpline 1.800.272.3900 

Day: 3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Helpline 1.800.272.3900

Wayzata, MN
Day: 2nd and 4th Fridays (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Contact: Helpline 1.800.272.3900

Virtual Person with Dementia Support Groups

Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA)
1st Saturday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Location: Virtual
Contact: Helpline 1.800.272.3900

2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual
Contact: Helpline 1.800.272.3900

3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Location: Virtual
Contact: Helpline 1.800.272.3900

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Caregiver Support Groups

Our Caregiver Support Groups are free of charge and open to the general public. All support groups are facilitated by a trained Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator and meet at various locations and times. Virtual support groups are also available. Most Caregiver Support Groups are for all types of dementia caregivers, although there are also specific groups designed for specific populations.

Caregiver Support Groups offer:

  • Safe place to meet and develop 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

Types of Caregiver Support Groups:

In-Person General Dementia Caregiver Support Groups

General dementia caregiver support groups are designed for individuals who have cared for or are caring for a person with any type of dementia.

Call or email the Support Group facilitator to learn more.
 

Aitkin, MN
Day: 1st Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 12:45 - 2 p.m.
Contact: Dawn Harrison 218.927.1383

Alexandria, MN
Day: 3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Stephanie Aasness 320.766.1856

Andover, MN
Day: 1st Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Joy Oleson 612.242.3268 / Kathy Besst 763.205.2248

Bismarck, ND
Day: Every Wednesday 
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Kathleen Meckler 701.226.9084 

Day: 2nd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Lisa Bennett lisab2221@gmail.com 

Day: Last Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Contact: Tara Geigle 615.294.3320

Brainerd, MN
Day: 2nd Friday (recurring each month)
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Kent O'Grady 612.868.7260, kent.ogrady@gmail.com

Casselton, ND
Day: 2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11 a.m. CST
Contact: Cindi Godbout 701.347.0032

Cloquet, MN
Day: 2nd Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Contact: Catherine Sampson 218.349.5307

Crosby, MN
Day: 4th Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Contact: CRMC Social Workers 218.546.2357

Devil's Lake, ND
Day: 3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Contact: Lisa Crosby lisakucharcrosby@icloud.com

Duluth, MN
Day: 2nd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Mimi Stender mstender@duluthagingsupport.org / Jane Dolter janedolter@msn.com 

Day: 2nd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Mimi Stender mstender@duluthagingsupport.org / Jane Dolter janedolter@msn.com

Edina, MN (two co-occuring groups)
Day: 2nd Saturday (recurring each month)
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Contact: Becky Zinn-Caulfield 952.977.9363, becky@normandalecenter.org

Fargo, ND
Day: 3rd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Alzheimer's Association Helpline  1.800.272.3900

Forest Lake, MN
Day: 1st Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Sue Gilbert sue.gilbert9@gmail.com

Grand Forks, ND
Day: 2nd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Lori Swinney loriswinney@hotmail.com or
Kathy Bushy kbushy@hotmail.com

Grand Portage, MN
Day: 3rd Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Contact: Collette Pederson colletteped123@gmail.com

Grand Rapids, MN
Day: 2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Contact: Danielle Hawkinson, 218.999.9233 ext 282 or danielle@eldercircle.org. 

Day: 3rd Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Danielle Hawkinson, 218.999.9233 ext 282 or danielle@eldercircle.org

 

Ham Lake, MN
Day: 3rd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Cindy Winandy 608.577.3874 / Julie Doll 763.438.5131

Hazen, ND
Day: Last Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Kim Folkerts 701.870.1653, kimberly.folkerts@homeinstead.com 

Hermantown, MN
Day: 1st Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Contact: Peggy Hiestand-Harri 218.590.2538

Hibbing, MN
Day: 2nd Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Danielle Hawkinson, 218.999.9233 ext 282 or danielle@eldercircle.org

Day: 2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Danielle Hawkinson, 218.999.9233 ext 282 or danielle@eldercircle.org

Day: 4th Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Contact: Lynne Johnson 218.244.2180 / Danell Moore drm43@hotmail.com

Houston, MN
Day: 2nd Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Contact: Marlene Schultz 507.896.2080

Lakeville, MN
Day: 1st Saturday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Robin Birkemose 952.484.6469 

Day: 2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
Contact: Lola Amendt 952.985.9000, lamendt@walkermethodist.org / Pastor Kim Kyllo pastorkim@sjlcl.org

Day: 3rd Saturday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Robin Birkemose 952.484.6469 

Linton, ND
Day: 2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 2 - 3 p.m. CST
Contact: Pastor Sean Barnhart 701.331.0263

Mankato, MN
Day: Last Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. CST
Contact: Abi Santiago 507.491.5056, Kristin Thompson 507.508.0221

Maple Grove, MN
Day: 1st Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Contact: Deb Stock 612.940.4468

Day: 2nd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Deb Stock 612.940.4468

McGregor, MN
Day: 4th Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Contact: McGregor Angels 218.768.2762

Minneapolis, MN
Day: 3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Deb Snouffer 612.396.2294

Minot, ND
Day: Last Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Katie Shelkey 701.390.3058, katherine.shelkey@gmail.com

New Brighton, MN
Day: 3rd Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
Contact: Amy House 651.746.5611

Owatonna, MN
Day: 1st Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Contact: MaryAnne Higgins 507.363.6912 / Tracy Green Tug55060@gmail.com

Red Lake, MN
Day: 3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Contact: Karen Bedeau
Karen.Bedeau@co.beltrami.mn.us,
218.333.8098

Richfield, MN
Day: 3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Hala Randall 612.746.4706 or Doug Mellema 952.994.4682

Rochester, MN
Day: 1st Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Lynne Hemann 507.254.2979 

Day: 3rd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Amy Hoehn 507.601.3223 or Lori Lutzke lslutzke@gmail.com 

Day: 3rd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Lynne Hemann 507.254.2979

Sartell, MN
Day: 2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Contact: Tara Walz tara@integracareclinics.com, 320.251.2600

St. Anthony, MN
Day: 3rd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 1 - 2 p.m.
Contact: Michelle Quiggle mquiggle@haydengroveseniorliving.com or Kelsey Renk krenk@haydengroveseniorliving.com

Staples, MN
Day: 1st Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Contact: Jasarah Winskowski 218.894.8705

St. Louis Park, MN
Day: 1st Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Contact: Connie Wilde 952.215.2863 or Julie Dailey 720.448.7250

St. Paul, MN
Day: 3rd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Molly Rudolph molly.rudolph@benedictineliving.org or Grace Anderson 651.793.2115

White Bear Lake, MN
Day: 1st Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 4 - 5:15 p.m.
Contact: Linda Rose lrose2@thewaters.com or 651.313.6452

Winona, MN
Day: 2nd and 4th Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
Contact: Dennis Kunkel 507.205.6206

Day: 3rd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Bailie Riter 507.494.6282

Woodbury, MN
Day: 2nd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Contact: Colleen O'Rourke colleen4alz@gmail.com

Day: 3rd Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Contact: Toni Eggert 651.353.6804

 

 

Virtual General Dementia Caregiver Support Groups

General dementia caregiver support groups are designed for individuals who have cared for or are caring for a person with any type of dementia.

Call or email the Support Group facilitator to learn more.
 

1st Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Karen Gallagher 952.993.6506

1st Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Becky Zinn-Caulfield 952.977.9363, becky@normandalecenter.org
More information

1st Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Amy House 651.746.5611

2nd Sunday (recurring each month)
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Katelynn Shimanski katelynn.shimanski@mnsu.edu / Trevor Flick trevor.flick@mnsu.edu

3rd Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Anna DeCorsey 651.216.7555 or Kate Stuckert 612.290.7212

4th Wednesday (recurring each month)
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Vicki Drayer 586.260.6381, vicki.drayer@gmail.com

  

Younger-Onset Caregivers

This group is specifically designed for caregivers who are supporting someone diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia.

Call the Support Group facilitator to learn more.
 

2nd Saturday (recurring each month)
Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Luke Gietzen 701.200.1805 / Abby Teply 952.686.4829 

Adult Children Caregivers

This group is specifically designed for Adult Children who have cared for or are caring for their parent(s) who currently have any type of dementia.

Email the Support Group facilitator to learn more.

1st Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Sara Roberts s.roberts@seniorcommunity.org or Becky Allard b.allard@seniorcommunity.org

2nd and 4th Monday (recurring each month)
Time: 6 - 7 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Hannah Lewis hannah.m.lewis@und.edu or Cilla Doneen Cilldoneen@gmail.com 



LGBTQ+ Caregivers

This group is specifically designed for LGBTQ+ caregivers who are supporting someone diagnosed with any type of dementia. Email the Support Group facilitators to learn more.
 

2nd Thursday (recurring each month)
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Shay MacKay shaymackay03@gmail.com / Melissa Greene greene.melissa1@gmail.com 


Moving Forward - Life After Dementia Caregiving (For Partners)

This group is designed for spouses who have recently lost their partner due to Alzheimer’s and all other types of dementia. Although grief and loss are discussed at this group, this is not a typical grief group. The group focuses on building connections with others who understand the unique challenges of losing a spouse due to dementia and moving forward, life after dementia caregiving. 

Call or email the Support Group facilitator to learn more.
 

2nd and 4th Tuesday (recurring each month)
Time: 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Location: virtual
Contact: Jenna Pogorels 218.722.4335, jpogorels@alz.org  

Volunteer and 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 Rebecca Ayaz at 952.857.0535 or rayaz@alz.org.

Already a Support Group Facilitator? Click here for resources. 

 

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.

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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 Jenna Pogorels at 218.722.4335 or jpogorels@alz.org.