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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Caring for someone with memory loss can be a stressful, often isolating experience, but talking with others who are going through the same thing can help. If you face this challenge, we invite you to join the UMMC Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Support Group. The informal group meets monthly to discuss current caregiving issues and share experiences. We all learn from each other.

Who leads the group?

Our group is led by a physician or nurse practitioner from the Department of Geriatrics and a social worker. All of our leaders have extensive experience in working with patients and family members coping with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Although members gain knowledge from these health care professionals, the most valuable insight comes from group members themselves, sharing stories and support.

What does the group discuss? 

The topics vary according to the needs of the group. Speakers may include UMMC experts, but also include attorneys, therapists, and others who have useful information to share. We discuss updates on diagnosis, medicines, interventions, home care, stress management, research, and any area of interest. No problem is too great or too small to talk about.

When and where are the meetings held?  

The group meets from 5:30 pm to 7:30pm on the third Monday of each month, February through November. Because of holidays, no meeting is held in December. The January meeting is on the second Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The group meets at the University Physicians Pavilion on the UMMC campus in the classroom just to the left of the main entrance.

For more information on our next meeting, please call (601) 984-5610.