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Get the emotional support you need

Support groups made possible in part by a generous grant from the United Methodist Retirement Community Foundation 

 

Caregiver Support Groups listed by county

An Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Participation in a support group can be an empowering experience, helping members feel better prepared to cope with their unique situation.

Support group members are typically the spouse, adult child, other family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Support group members report feeling less alone, more able to confront their daily problems, and more hopeful about their future.

Capital Area | Okemos Office
Moved to 2111 University Park Drive, Okemos

Barry, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson Counties

South Central | Ann Arbor Office
564 South Main Street, Suite 200, Ann Arbor

Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Washtenaw Counties  

South West | Kalamazoo Office

Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, Saint Joseph, Van Buren Counties  

West Shore | Muskegon Office

Lake, Mason, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana Counties

Respite: If you need assistance finding someone to stay with your relative while you attend a support group, call 800.272.3900 for a directory of Respite and Home Care providers in your area.

Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have been canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be canceled.

Holidays: If a support group's monthly meeting falls on a holiday, arrangements are usually made to hold the group on another week. Please check the listings below for specific information.


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If you have Early Stage Alzheimer's

Early Stage Alzheimer's Discussion Groups
Information and support for families learning about early stage Alzheimer's

A discussion group for people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. The program will provide an opportunity for socialization, education and support. Each week, a different topic will be featured and participants will organize into two discussion groups – a group for care partners and a group for persons with early-stage memory loss - for mutual support and sharing. The program lasts a total of eight weeks and covers a variety of topics.

Week 1: Introduction and facts about memory loss
Week 2: Communication and behaviors
Week 3: Feelings
Week 4: Focus on families: effective ways of coping
Week 5: Alzheimer's Disease research
Week 6: Legal and financial issues
Week 7: Resources for the future
Week 8: Celebration and wrap-up

This program is free. A telephone and in-person interview/assessment is required before participation. Please call 800.272.3900 to find out when a new group will be forming in your area and to register for the interviews.

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Connect with other caregivers by phone

Recognizing that some caregivers find it challenging to access traditional support groups, the Alzheimer’s Association has launched Caregiver Link, a telephone support group that offers the benefits of a traditional face-to-face support group without the need to leave home. Caregiver Link allows you to:

  • Share experiences
  • Provide and receive support
  • Obtain advice and recommendations
  • Learn about the disease, caregiver issues, and coping strategies
  • Make new friends

If you are interested in participating, please call 800.272.3900 for information on groups that may be forming in your area.

This program is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, The Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors.

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Connect with others online

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.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association online community.

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Cancellation Policy

If area adult education classes have been canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be canceled.

If you need assistance finding someone to stay with your relative while you attend a support group meeting, please call the chapter office nearest you at 1.800.272.3900 for a directory of Respite and Home Care providers in your area.

If you are interested in attending a group to fulfill a class requirement or report for professional purposes, please contact your local office prior to attending for authorization.

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