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- Locate an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group

- Interested in becoming an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group Facilitator?

Solicitation and Promotion Statement
Support groups are for individuals who are currently caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's or dementia. Our support groups and their volunteer leaders are not to be contacted for commercial purposes or solicitation. 

Contacting our support groups for commercial or solicitation purposes by mail, phone, or email will be taken seriously by the Chapter and viewed as a total disregard of this policy and a lack of respect for the support group members.  Support group leaders, members and guests are not allowed to solicit or promote themselves during support group meeting times. 

Researchers and college level students who wish to attend a group for purposes of study, may submit requests to Linda.whiteside@alz.org or the Executive Director.

Support Group IconThe Alzheimer's Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter offers support groups in many community settings at no charge. Before joining a group we recommend that you:

  • Call the support group leader to confirm meeting times and location. Calling the support group leader can help you determine if the support group is right for you.

  • Select a group and attend 3 meetings before you decide if it is the right group for you.

Nearly 100 support groups for caregivers provide a consistent and caring place for group members to discuss the challenges and problems of caregiving, share their feelings and find emotional support as well as exchange information and educate themselves about Alzheimer's disease.

Different than general caregiving support groups, Alzheimer's Association support groups for caregivers are specific to Alzheimer's issues and related dementias, and offer an environment where others understand because they share a common experience. Information and education are specific to dementia care management, including how to cope with challenging behaviors, and deal with the ongoing losses and grief. Current Alzheimer's research information and treatment options are provided.

The Chapter offers specialized support groups for specific groups of caregivers who would like to receive more in-depth information with individuals who have more in common due their relationship to the diagnosed, cultural specific and/or language specific. Examples of special focus groups are: Men's Only Group, Long-Distance Caregiving Support Group, African American Caregivers Group and Adult Child Caregiver's Group.

All Alzheimer's Association support groups are led by trained volunteers who receive ongoing technical support and training from the Chapter office. Solicitation and marketing to group members is not allowed.

- Facilitator Resources (Note: these resources are password protected. If you have lost the user access information, please contact Linda Whiteside.)


 

Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.