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What Is a Support Group?

Support groups are regularly scheduled, free gatherings of persons who are providing care for persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. The groups are facilitated by persons trained by the Alzheimer's Association and are held throughout the state in community-based settings. The primary purpose of these groups is to provide education/knowledge about the disease and caregiver skills. The combination of education and emotional support should enable caregivers to feel better at the end of the meeting. Groups remind caregivers they are not alone, give them a chance to say what they are feeling in a supportive environment, learn new strategies and resources in the community and foster support networks. Each group has its own character and each meeting is different. It may take some time to find the right group.

Get the emotional support you need! The schedule consists of Alzheimer's specific support groups which focus exclusively on the challenges and concerns of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder, as well as, general caregiver support groups which provide support to caregivers of persons with any long-term health disorder. Many other long-term care facilities, adult day programs, assisted living facilities or senior centers may provide such groups as well. Check to see if there is a group close to you that fits your needs. Click here to download a listing of support groups offered throughout Rhode Island. Be sure to contact the group leader before attending group.

Alzheimer's Association Support Group Member Spotlight

Ellie Brown of Providence has been a professional artist for the past 20 years. Ellie holds an M.F.A. in photography from San Jose State University. After a career in Philadelphia, Ellie returned to New England to be closer to her father, who was diagnosed at the young age of 64 with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Upon learning of her father's diagnosis, Ellie began to capture his disease through documentary photography. Two years have passed since her father's diagnosis and she has been inspired to host the "Care (Give and Take)" exhibition at the New Hope Art Gallery at the Cranston Senior Center in Rhode Island occurring November 2017 through March 2018. Ellie was awarded a grant from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts to partially support the exhibit. She has begun to curate artwork from artists who have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease/dementia. What makes this exhibition special is that the artists' work about the disease will be paired with a piece of work from their loved one with the disease. Read more about Ellie's family's journey through Alzheimer's disease and how other caregiver's can turn to art as a coping mechanism. The exhibit will open to the public in November.For more information visit Ellie's website or contact ellie@elliebrown.com

Connect with Others Online

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.

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