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 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


Living With Modifications: Functional Approaches to Day-to-Day Care

Wednesday, June 26th at 2PM EST

In this talk, Ms. Galberth will discuss varied approaches and modifications to current daily activities to maximize efficiency, safety and independence for those with cognitive impairments. This will equip caregivers with the tools and knowledge needed to face the challenges of dementia while caring for and connecting with their loved ones at home and in the community.

Latoya Galberth, MS, OTRL/L, CDP

Latoya Galberth is the founder and executive director of Galberth Health, a rehab company that services the geriatric community with a unique focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia. Latoya is an occupational therapist who enjoys enhancing the quality of life and functional independence of every senior that she meets. She has served as a rehab therapist for 14 years with a noted passion for working with those diagnosed with mild to severe cognitive impairments.

As a Certified Dementia Practitioner, Latoya is devoted to providing education, skilled intervention and training to caregivers and patients alike to ensure that they are able to live their best life possible, despite this diagnosis.

Click here to view the event flyer.

Click on this link to access the Zoom presentation the day of the event. Or dial in by calling 1-646-876-9923, Meeting ID: 965 7747 1018, Passcode: 3513


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 Wednesday for six consecutive sessions

May 22 – June 26, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Durham Center for Senior Life (DCSL)

Registration ends May 17. Call 919-688-8247 ext 103 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 DCSL.


Driving Cessation in Dementia: What Caregivers need to know

Monday, June 3, 1 – 2 p.m. (webinar)

For more information and to register click here.

Dr. Linda Ercoli, clinical psychologist will discuss how dementia affects driver safety, recognizing the warning signs of dangerous driving, caregiver strategies to encourage driving cessation, and alternatives to driving for people with dementia. Hosted by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.


Girl Scout Gold Award Dementia and Caregiver Event

Friday, June 14, 12 – 3:15 p.m. and 2:45 – 5 p.m. (two time slots)

RSVP by emailing katherinegoldawardevent@gmail.com and view the flyer here.

Caregivers and individuals with dementia are invited for an engaging art activity and snacks. This event is in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and NC Museum of Art.


Raise a Racket – to Fight Dementia!

Tuesday, June 18 (2-hour time slots available)

For more information and to sign up click here.

Calling all tennis and pickleball fans! Bring a partner and come play to raise funds to fight dementia and support those on the journey.


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.