Whenever facing difficult times, having a good support network you can turn to for advice and encouragement may help you feel socially connected and give you a sense of belonging and purpose.
Connecting with others like you may help put your own experiences living with the disease in perspective, and provide you with the support and encouragement necessary to move beyond your diagnosis.
Find in-person or online support groups in our directory. You can also join our online support community, AlzConnected®.
Here are others have to say about Alzheimer's Association support groups:
- "I found out I'm not alone in this journey, there are others walking beside me, struggling with me. Before attending a support group, I felt I was very much alone."
- "You can say things in the group you couldn't say to people who are not or have not walked this journey and they will understand and relate."
- "You will hear great ideas on different things to try when confronted with a difficult situation or behavior."
- "You will learn from others many community resources that can help you."
Early-Stage Social Engagement Programs
The Alzheimer's Association early-stage social engagement programs offer a comfortable way to get out, get active and get connected to others who are living in the beginning stage of Alzheimer's or other dementia. Go bowling, attend a baseball game or speak candidly and confidentially via telephone with others living with dementia. Connecting with people who understand what you are going through may provide you with the support, encouragement and inspiration necessary to move beyond your diagnosis. Call us at 800.272.3900 to find an early-stage social engagement program near you.