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.

**Please note that there are no support group meetings in July, due to staff development.**


African American Dementia Care Partner Support Group: Every third Tuesday at 7 p.m., contact Bobbi for info, 919-660-7509.  

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 Cornelia for info, 919-681-8280.

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


August to December 2024 Caregiver Connections

Tuesday, August 20 at 2PM

Lewy Body Dementia & Frontotemporal Degeneration

Dr. Andrea Bozoki, Division Chief, UNC Memory and Cognitive Disorders


Tuesday, September 17 at 2PM

Grief & Dementia Caregivers

Anthony Galanos, MD, MA, Professor of Medicine, Duke University


Wednesday, October 16 at 2PM

Dementia 101 in Spanish

Liza Genoa, MD, Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Duke University


Tuesday, November 12 at 1PM

Palliative Care & Hospice Care in Dementia

Sarah Lipscomb, RN, MSN, AGNP-C, Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care, Duke University


Tuesday, December 3 at 1PM

Mini Mental Makeover for Deentia Family Caregivers

Laurie Kovens, MSW, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Duke University


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


Safe Walking: A Strengths-Based Approach to Wandering

Thursday, July 11, 1 p.m.

Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Register here free of charge.


MemoryCare’s Caregiver Educational Series

Thursday, July 11, 2 – 3:30 p.m.: Combating Elder Fraud

For more information and to register click here.

Hosted by MemoryCare.


Power of Knowing: The Dementia Journey – A Three-Part Series

July 16 – Part One: Is it normal aging or dementia?

July 30 – Part Two: The ever-changing needs of someone with dementia

August 13 – Part Three: Guidance for an improved dementia experience

Offered free and virtually by AuthoraCare Collective Greensboro. Register once and attend the sessions that interest you.


Rediscovering Dementia: Unveiling Surprising Truths and Innovations

Webinars led by individuals living with dementia from National Council of Dementia Minds

July 30, 1 p.m. – Living Well with Dementia

Aug. 6, 1 p.m. – Benefits of an Early Diagnosis

Aug. 13, 1 p.m. – Dementia Symptoms Checklist

Aug. 13, 1 p.m. – Tech Tools for Dementia Support: Empowering Service Providers

Aug. 27, 1 p.m. – What Researchers Need to Know. Register for the entire series HERE.


Rediscovering Dementia: Unveiling Surprising Truths and Innovations

Webinar series led by individuals living with dementia from National Council of Dementia Minds. Register here for the series.

1: Living Well with Dementia: July 30, 1 p.m.
2: Benefits of an Early Diagnosis: Aug. 6, 1 p.m.
3: Dementia Symptoms Checklist: Aug.13, 1 p.m.
4: Tech Tools for Dementia Support: Empowering Service Providers: Aug. 20, 1 p.m.
5: What Researchers Need to Know from the Perspective of Persons Living with Dementia: Aug. 27, 1 p.m.


Duke Caregiver Community Event

Thursday, September 5, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Durham. Registration for family caregivers costs $15. (lunch included) or $10 if you wish to have lunch on your own. Professionals can attend for $75. For more information and registration, click here.

Engagement Opportunities


Banner Health: Back to Baseball – A Reminiscence Series

Wednesday, July 17, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (virtual)

Caregivers and individuals with dementia can relive the best of America’s favorite sport.

To learn more and register click here. Please note the time listed on the registration form is Mountain Standard Time, so the event stats at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.


Free Creative Respite for Caregivers Workshop

Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Margaret Lane Gallery, Hillsborough

To register click here or call 919-296-8938.

For caregivers who are caring for those with dementia. The art lesson for July is: “Colorful Collage.” All supplies included.





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.