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The Duke Dementia Family Support Program provides education, support and engagement opportunities to individuals living with dementia and their families. Services are free of charge and no affiliation with Duke Health is required. Our services are available by phone, email, Zoom or in-person. 


Dementia Consultations

Our team can assist with:

  • Understanding the basics of dementia
  • Identifying necessary steps after a diagnosis
  • Discussing strategies for symptom management
  • Connecting families to community resources
  • Coping with the emotional impact of the disease



We offer:


Social Engagement Opportunities

Staying connection:

  • Monthly tours with the Nasher Museum of Arto
  • TimeSlips – virtual creative storytelling program


Project C.A.R.E.

Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) a state-funded program, is available to eligible North Carolina families.

  • Consultations on caring for a person with dementia and referral to local supports and services
  • Limited short-term respite care vouchers
  • We serve Central NC Counties: Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Johnston, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Vance, Wake and Warren


Ongoing Support

Master’s-level social workers facilitate:

  • A variety of tailored support groups
  • Short-term supportive counseling
  • One-on-one support


Duke Employee Elder Care Consultation Service

Available to any Duke employee or family member concerned about an older adult:

  • Does not need to be dementia related
  • Confidential consultations regarding elder care concerns or decisions


For All of the Above Services, Contact:

Bobbi G. Matchar, MSW, MHA, 919-660-7509 or bobbi.matchar@duke.edu

Cornelia Poer, MSW, LCSW, 919-660-8280, cornelia.poer@duke.edu

Janeli McNeal, MSW, 919-660-7565 or janeli.mcneal@duke.edu

Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW, 919-660-7542 or natalie.leary@duke.edu