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Support Groups

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 a diagnosis.

To keep our critical, statewide network of 200+ caregiver and early-stage support groups functioning while social distancing, we have provided each Alzheimer’s Association support group facilitator with a unique, confidential conference call line specifically assigned to their group. Support group facilitators have reached out to their existing constituents. To find a new support group to join, please call our 24/7 Helpline 800.272.3900.

Or join our online support community, AlzConnected®.

Here are some testimonials from people who have attended our 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. Find an early-stage social engagement program near you or you can also call us at 800.272.3900.
 

Online tools

Surround yourself with online support. The Alzheimer's Association has several free, online tools to help.
 
ALZConnected®: Our online community to connect with other individuals living with early-stage Alzheimer's. You can share questions, experiences and practical tips via message boards or create private groups organized around specific topics.

Alzheimer’s Navigator®: An interactive online tool for people living with dementia and those who participate in providing care and making care-related decisions. This assessment tool evaluates needs, outlines action steps, and links the user to Alzheimer’s Association chapter programs and local services.

Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch®: A free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that generates customized lists of studies based on information you provide. You can easily see what studies may be a fit for you. As a person living with Alzheimer’s, you have an opportunity to participate in clinical research to help accelerate progress and provide valuable insight into potential treatments and methods of prevention.

Community Resource Finder: A comprehensive database of local programs and services, housing and care options, and legal experts all in one location, allowing you to quickly search, find and access support.

Live Well Online Resources: A collection of free interactive tools that helps you navigate the personal and emotional challenges accompanying an Alzheimer’s diagnosis and provides personalized steps for living well with the disease.

Virtual Library: An online extension of the Alzheimer’s Association Green-Field Library, located at our home office in Chicago. Search the online catalog, view resources chosen by experts, email our librarian questions, and learn how to borrow materials.

24/7 Helpline

Call 800-272-3900 during the day or night to talk with a dementia specialist who can assist you with problem solving, refer you to community resources, and listen.

 

New Google Hangout Support Group Offered Online!

Once a month on Tuesdays night, we are offering something special! Together with Hilarity for Charity, we are holding one of the first Google Hangout Video Support Groups specifically designed to help people who are navigating their way through this disease while attending school, raising families of their own or developing careers. Participants do not need to be providing direct care but have a desire to learn more and be with others who understand. If you want more information, let us know by calling 800-272-3900 or email us at infocnfl@alz.org