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Get Emotional Support You Need

Sometimes you just need to talk and the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Iowa Chapter provides a variety of ways you can gain support whether you have Alzheimer's or dementia, are a caregiver, or are a family member.  We can help!  We have a variety of support groups at various times and locations. Check to see if there is a support group close to you that fits your needs.

> View support group, events and other resources in your area by viewing the online database of resources called Community Resource Center.

If you prefer, contact the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline.  Call us any time with any question or concern....or just to talk at 800.272.3900.

If You Have Alzheimer's

Specialized early-stage and younger-onset support groups are available for person's with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.

Memory Minders & The Forum Support Groups

These time-limited support groups are for individuals with younger-onset or in the early stages of Alzheimer's or related dementia.  Sessions combine education with support, and include personal and practical tips, memory aids and cognitive exercises. Participants must be willing and able to discuss their diagnosis.  Free, but please pre-register.  Memory Minders/The Forum meets at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group.

Early-Stage/Younger-Onset Caregiver Support Groups

Support groups specifically for family caregivers of a person diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease before the age of 65 or those who have a loved one attending Memory Minders/The Forum. Caregivers will be encouraged to share experiences and learn from each other. Pre-registration is required.  Caregiver Support Group meets at the same time as Memory Minders/The Forum.

Caregivers or individuals with the disease, participating in the Memory Minders/The Forum Groups MUST CALL BEFORE ATTENDING.

Early-Stage or Younger-Onset Support Group Listing

Location  Date and time Register by calling: 

The Forum
Ames, IA

3rd Thursday 4:00-5:30 p.m. Northcrest Community
Fireside Room
1801 20th Street

Memory Minders
Burlington, IA

4th Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Alzheimer's Association Office
1000 N Roosevelt Ave, Ste 8
Memory Minders
Des Moines, IA
2nd Wednesday 4:00-5:30 p.m. Bright Kavanagh House
3000 Easton Boulevard
Memory Minders
Moline, IL
1st Thursday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Intouch Adult Day Center
4011 Avenue of the Cities 
Memory Minders
Bettendorf, IA
3rd Thursday 4:30 p.m.
St. James Lutheran Church
1705 Oak Street

Caregiver Support Groups

Additional caregiver support groups are available to those that have loved ones in the middle to late stages of the disease. We encourage all guests to call the facilitator listed prior to attending the group.  Click the Community Resource Center and search for a Support Group near you! 

Support Group Facilitator Training

For volunteers interested in facilitating an Alzheimer's support group in their community. Training will include ways to encourage participants to share, how to run meetings and education on programs and services available to caregivers. You must pre-register for these trainings. Contact your local Office for more details.

Connect With Others Online & Through Social Networks

The Alzheimer’s Association message boards have been improved!  Join our NEW alzconnected online community and learn from people across the nation through message boards and chat rooms.

In addition, you can "like" the Greater Iowa Chapter Facebook  page to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings locally!  And view the latest videos on YouTube!



Alzheimer's Association

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