Duke Dementia Family Support Program


Duke Dementia Family Support Program Staff: Natalie, Bobbi, Cornelia, Janeli & Tiffany

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 

If you have not previously participated in a support group, but are interested in joining now, please contact the appropriate staff member.


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

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

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.

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

Daughters Concerned For Aging Relatives: Every first and third Wednesday at noon, contact

Natalie for info, 919-660-7542.

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

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

Caregiver Connections


Caring Minds: Nurturing Cognitive Health Through Aging and Caregiving

Wednesday, May 29th at 10:30 AM EST

May’s presentation will provide a brief review of cognitive aging and brain health, and will provide strategies to monitor and nurture your cognitive function and mental health. We’ll learn how certain behaviors affect our brains and bodies, and hear more about how caregiving impacts cognition.

Dr. Marianne Chanti-Ketterl, PhD, MSPH

Marianne Chanti-KetterlDr. Chanti-Ketterl is Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Core Lead for the Outreach Recruitment and Engagement Core of the Duke-UNC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

Her work with the ADRC centers in building trust with the community and reaching historically marginalized populations. Her research focuses on environmental factors that may influence cognitive function, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Click here for the flyer information!


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 and in-person programs over the next few weeks.

See Eastern NC Events here

See Western NC Events here


Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class

Every Monday for six consecutive sessions

April 8 – May 13, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Avenue

View flyer for more information and click here to register.

The curriculum, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is an educational program that provides caregivers with tools and strategies to better cope with their unique challenges. Hosted by The Center for Volunteer Caregiving and Resources for Seniors.


Engagement Opportunities


Memory Café of Cary 

Every second Tuesday of the month, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place, Cary

For more info and to RSVP click here.


ESUMC’s Evening of Dinner and Entertainment

Every third Wednesday of the month, 4 – 6 p.m.

Edenton Street United Methodist Church, Raleigh

Dinner is $10 per person. Open to individuals living with dementia and care partners.

Register by emailing or calling Lisa Pace at 919-306-1553.


Millbrook Enrichment Center – Socialization Program 

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1712 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh

$40 per day, with a reduction for the third day if you sign up for three days. Program for individuals with early to moderate-stage dementia or other mild disabilities. For more information click here or contact Shelly Gross at 919-277-8628.


Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care Engagement Events

Free virtual and in-person engagement opportunities for individuals living with dementia such as the Brain Connection Café and Bingo with Creativity. For more information and to register, see the Events page on their website.


Wake County Public Libraries – Memory Care Kits

Memory kit includes books and activities designed to spark memories, initiate conversation, and provide positive interaction between caregiver and individual with memory loss. A Wake County library card is required to reserve the kits, but some of the digital resources in the online guide are accessible to all and may be available at your local library! Click here for more information.


Staying Engaged

Need ideas on how to engage your loved one with dementia at home? Check out the DDFSP’s Engagement page or like our Facebook page for weekly ideas, tips, or activities!

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.