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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 Leah Challberg at 952.857.0523 or lechallberg@alz.org.

Navigating M.C.I. & Dementia

In some areas, specially designed Navigating M.C.I. and Dementia programs are available for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia and their care partners. Navigating M.C.I. and Dementia programs are 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 Navigating M.C.I. and Dementia programs 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 Navigating M.C.I. and Dementia programs. To register, call the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

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 Gabrielle Anderson at 952.767.7570 or gbanderson@alz.org.