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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 of groups is listed below. Check to see if there is a group close to you that fits your needs. If you prefer, call our 24-hour Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. Be sure to contact the group leader before attending group.

Alzheimer’s Specific Support Groups: These groups focus exclusively on the challenges and concerns of caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.

(Updated 7/15)
 Barrington Barrington Senior Ctr.
1st Monday 1-2pm
Ann Murphy 434-0891
Margaret Shand
 Barrington Barrington Congregational Church
2nd and 4th Tuesday
1pm - 2:30pm
Lois McCartney, MSW
Jim McCartney  245-3288
Hope Alzheimer's Center
2nd Thursday 2:00 - 3:30pm
Melanie Beaton & Dorothy Poveromo 946-9220
 Coventry Coventry Senior Ctr.
1st Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00pm
Peter Fournier 439-1634
 East Greenwich
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Every Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Alice Phanof/ Laura Krohn, Esq. 737-5298
 Greenville Dora C. Howard Adult Day Ctr.
4th Wednesday 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Kathy Biddle 949-3890
 Lincoln Lincoln Senior Center
3rd Thursday 10:30 a.m.
Lois Durkin 753-7000
 Middletown Middletown Senior Center
4th Tuesday, 11am - 12pm
Janet Grapentine, RN 401-848-4119


LGBT Support Group

Calvary United Methodist Church
1st & 3rd Tueday, 10am - 11am
Janet Grapentine, RN 401-848-4119
 Newport Newport Hospital
3rd Tuesday, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Stewart Burchard 520-275-8818
 North Kingstown

Beechwood House
2nd Tuesday 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Mary Sadowski 268-1591

 North Kingstown
St. Francis de Sales Church
First Wednesday
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Annie Murphy 421-0008
 North Providence
Salvatore Mancini Center
Last Thursday
Monet Jean Phillippe 553-1031 Ext. 3923
 Portsmouth Multi-Purpose Senior Center
Every Tuesday, 9:30am - 10:30am
Kerry Murphy 846-0727
 Providence - Spanish

Elmwood Adult Day
Last Thursday
12pm - 1pm, lunch provided
Denisse Acosta and Katherine Peralta 461-6060

 Providence - Alz. Assoc.
 RI Chapter Office
Bliss Properties
1st Wednesday
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Carol Nahod 440-3886
 Providence - Alz. Assoc.
 RI Chapter Office
Bliss Properties
5th Floor Conference Room
1st Thursday
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jody Simone 302-2498
Stewart Burchard 520-275-8818

 Providence -Alz. Assoc. RI Chapter Office -Early Stage Support Group for Person with memory loss and care partner

Bliss Properties
5th Floor Conference Room
2nd Thursday
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Jody Simone 302-2498
Stewart Burchard 520-275-8818

 Warren Warren Baptist Church
4th Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Joan Miller 396-5200

On hold until September 2015
Gentiva Hospice Care
3rd Tuesday 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Makayla Cunningham 738-1492

General Caregiver Support Groups

The groups listed below are some of those that 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.

 East Greenwich

Harbor Hill
Every Thursday 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Alice Phanof and Laura Krohn,Esq. 737-5298

 Pawtucket Leon Mathieu Senior Center
4th Wednesday, 5:30pm
Nicole Vadnais 401-722-3560 ext. 310
 South Kingstown "The Center" at South Kingstown Senior Center
2nd Wednesday  1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Kathy Swink 783-0960

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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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