Our Support Groups
Support groups provide a forum for people affected (directly or indirectly) by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to come together in a non-judgmental, caring and safe environment. Trained facilitators encourage participants to share coping techniques, voice frustrations, learn more about the disease and discover the resources available in their community. Most support groups are ongoing and allow caregivers to attend as they are able or desire.
One difficulty caregivers often face in seeking support is finding respite or caregivers to provide supervision for their loved one while they attend a group. To address this issue, some groups provide respite onsite to allow caregivers to be free to participate. Caregivers can also attempt to arrange respite through a private duty caregiver, or a community/agency program that provides in-home services. Caregivers may also seek respite by enrolling the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia in a day program.
Here are some testimonials from people who have attended our Caregiver 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."
**Disclaimer Statement: The day and time of support groups may be changed without Chapter knowledge. Please call 800-272-3900 for pre-registration.**
*Note that these support groups are all sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. For information on additional community support groups offered by other organizations, please visit the Community Resource Finder.
Get The Emotional Support You Need
We have many support and education groups throughout our coverage area from Fort Pierce to the Keys. Groups meet at a variety of times and locations for your convenience. We offer many speciaized groups including groups conducted in Spanish and Early Stage Education Groups for both the individual who has been diagnosed and their care partner.
Search by type and zip code here. If you need additional information about Support Groups or other support options please call our 24-hour Helpline at 1.800.272.3900.
24/7 Online Support Group Message Boards
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.
Click here for the Alzheimer's Association online message board.
Support Group Facilitator Corner
The Alzheimer's Association is currently recruiting volunteer support group facilitators. For more information about this opportunity please call 800.272.3900.
Early Stage Support Groups
Early Stage Support Groups are groups created for both the Patient in the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s disease, or those with MCI, and their caregivers. Groups are given at the same time and location with two different facilitators. Please note that these groups require screening prior to attending.
Note that these support groups are all sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. For information on additional community support groups offered by other organizations, please visit the Community Resource Finder.