The Alzheimer’s Association’s has a variety of programs to support family caregivers.
⇒ Caregiver Support Groups
⇒ Caregiver Education
⇒ Alzheimer's Navigator®
⇒ Caregiver Center
⇒ Care Team Calendar
⇒ Community Resource Finder
⇒ Caregiver Cafe
Caregiver Support Groups
Our Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers. In the group, attendees develop coping methods, encourage self-care, learn about community resources, and optimize care techniques. Our groups are regularly scheduled and have an open format that run from 1 to 2 hours depending on the size of the group. Our groups are small with 4-12 members each. This allows for each group member the option to share their experiences and gain ideas. Our groups are a lifeline for so many. Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations. Visit our support group page for a listing by county.
'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.'
Connect with a Dementia Specialist through our Helpline-24 hours a day, 7 days a week
We also have the 24/7 Helpline. Day or night, you can talk with a dementia specialist who can assist you with problem solving, refer you to community resources, and listen.
Living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregiver Series
Our Caregiver Training and Topical Education series provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. Learn about about our education programs for caregivers.
Cannot get to a Support Group: Connect with Others Online AlzConnected®
AlzConnected is 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.
Map out a plan to approach Alzheimer's
When facing Alzheimer's disease, there are a lot of things to consider. Alzheimer's Navigator® helps guide you to answers by creating a personalized action plan and linking you to information, support and local resources. Take short surveys pertaining to your needs with:
• Planning for the Future
• Working with Doctor/Healthcare Professionals
• Caregiver Support
• Activities of Daily Living
• Home Safety
• Knowledge of Alzheimer's
Review your action plan to get more information, support and local resources.
Visit our online Caregiver Center
Our Caregiver Center is filled with tip sheets and additional tools such as the Caregiver Stress Check, elearning, online training for families, and books for purchase such as the caregiver notebook and Coach Broyles Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.
When someone asks "what can I do to help?" ask them for their email address.
The Care Team Calendar, powered by Lotsa Helping Hands, is a free, personalized online tool to organize family and friends who want to help with caregiving. This service makes it easy to share activities and information with your community. Helpers can sign up for specific tasks, such as preparing meals, providing rides or running errands. You can post items for which assistance is needed. Then simply add them to your Care Team Calendar. From there, they can sign up and start helping. Link:
Learn more about how to be prepared
Whether you are new to finding elder care resources or if you are already providing care, your needs may change as the Alzheimer’s disease or dementia progresses. Personalize you search. Make an informed decision. The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help. Click here to learn more about our Community Resource Finder.
You are not alone! Take a break, connect with other caregivers, have dinner, and get support. Respite care is available for loved ones. Check the Chapter Calendar, email us at email@example.com or call (800) 272-3900 for times and locations.