Duke Dementia Family Support Program

We’re still here for you! Our team is working remotely to offer education, consultation and support. Don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone (919-660-7510). 


Caregiver Collective Wisdom

Check out our new addition to the website, Caregiver Collective Wisdom! We asked e-news readers and support group attendees to tell us, “What do you wish someone had told you?”. On this page, you can read through the wisdom and compassion of the responses, with a range of practical caregiving advice and honest reflections on caring for a loved one with dementia.

Upcoming Support Group Dates 

All of our support groups are meeting using Zoom, where participants can connect by video or telephone on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC. If you have not previously participated in a support group, but are interested in joining now, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below.

African American Dementia Care Partners Support Group: Every third Tuesday at 7 p.m., contact Tiffany for info, 919-660-7508.  

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Long-Term Care Community Support Group: Every third Tuesday at noon, contact Natalie for information, 919-660-7542.

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Duke Dementia Morning Care Partners: Every second Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and fourth Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (in-person), contact Tiffany for info, 919-660-7509.

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Younger-Onset: Every second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., contact Janeli if joining for the first time, 919-660-7565.

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Daughters Concerned For Aging Relatives: Every first and third Wednesday at noon, contact Bobbi for info, 919-660-7542.

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Duke Dementia Evening Care Partners: Every second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m, contact Natalie for info, 919-660-7542.

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PLWD Group: Every third Monday at 11:00 a.m. contact Janeli for info, 919-660-7565.

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Caregiver Connections

Helping a Loved One with Declining Capacity: A discussion with attorney Jonathan Williams

Thursday, January 26 at 1PM

Helping a loved one with declining capacity

  • When a loved one needs your help but resists it
  • When a loved one is making poor decisions that are harming their health or financial well-being
  • What legal tools are available, when can they be used, and what do they do?
  • What tools are available outside of legal documents and courts?

Clarity With Your Coffee - FB - Clarity Legal Group®Jonathan Williams (Clari is an elder law and estate planning attorney based in the Triangle area. He enjoys educating his clients about the law so that they can have the peace of mind of knowing that the planning they undertake now will reduce the burdens of time, effort, and expense that often fall upon family members when proper planning is left incomplete or inadequate.

He is a co-author of The Ultimate Caregiver Guide, a guide to the practical aspects of caregiving, including legal issues, managing finances, arranging caregiving resources, and other issues.


Click here for event flyer. To join, click on this link to access the Zoom presentation the day of the event. OR call in by dialing 1-646-876-9923 Meeting ID: 965 7747 1018 Password: 3513

Can’t attend the live event? Don’t worry, all Caregiver Connections webinars are recorded and links to presentations will be available on our website.

Upcoming Programs Events and Engagement Opportunities

Event Opportunities

Alzheimer’s Association NC Chapter Education Programs 

The North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a variety of webinars coming up over the next few weeks.


Live Virtual Programs

Saturday, January 28, 6 – 7 p.m : Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease.

Monday, January 30, 5:30 – 7 p.m: Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research


All of the Alzheimer’s Association Education Programs can be found here; and to register for all trainings call 1-800-272-3900.


Skills Training for Family Caregivers of People with Dementia

Saturday, January 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In person at the Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Avenue

Free respite care available on-site. View flyer here.

To register call Melissa Black at 919-688-8247 ext. 113


Join instructors Eleanor McConnell, PHD, RN and Melanie Bunn, RN, MS-GNP for a two-day workshop with tips and techniques for dementia caregivers.


Free Creative Respite for Caregivers Workshop

Saturday, January 28, 2 – 4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31, 1 – 3 p.m.

Margaret Lane Gallery, 121 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough
To register click here or call 919-296-8938.


Enjoy a stress-free creative learning experience led by artist Debi L. Drew. This free lesson is for caregivers of individuals living with dementia. All supplies are included. The art lesson for January will be “Hand Colored Quilt Design on Paper.”


DANC Raleigh Caregiver Conference with Teepa Snow

Thursday, February 2, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

North Ridge Country Club, Raleigh

Registration required. Follow this link to register.


America’s leading educator on dementia and occupational therapist, Teepa Snow, will lead a five-hour workshop for families and professional caregivers. The workshop will focus on the progression of dementia using the GEMS states and include practical tips and skills caregivers can use. Hosted by Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.


Engagement Opportunities

Memory Cafe of Cary

Tuesday, February 14, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary
Memory Cafe of Cary is a fun, safe, and welcoming place for individuals with dementia and their care partners to enjoy fellowship, dinner, music and dancing.
Register by emailing or calling Jim Lovejoy at 919-608-0063.

Hello! Care Partners

Weekly on Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – noon (virtual)
A weekly online social engagement for people living with mid-stage dementia. Connect with others in small group for conversation supported by pictures, and poetry.
Register with Lisa Meinert, 919-245-4251. Open to all and not required to live in Orange County to participate. View flyer here.


Reflections Art Talks 

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is now offering both virtual and in-person tours through their Reflections: Alzheimer’s Program. If you are interested in learning more about this free engagement opportunity, please contact Natalie.


The Duke Dementia Family Support Program provides consultation, education and support to people living with dementia and their care families. We also consult with professionals caring for people living with dementia and Duke employees seeking help with elder care decisions.