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Support Groups

All groups are free, open to the public, and meet in Durham. People interested in the Cary and Ruth Henderson Person with Dementia and Care Partner Support Group should contact Lisa Gwyther before attending their first meeting. Those interested in the Memory Makers: An Early-Stage Memory Loss Education and Support Group should contact Bobbi Matchar for screening information.

Durham Alzheimer’s Evening Family Support Group
2020 Dates: Thursdays at 6:30: Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 19, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10.
Location: Duke Medical Center Board Room, 1170B Yellow Zone, 1st Floor, Duke Clinic Building (formerly known as Duke Hospital South), Parking Deck 1 on Trent Drive
Contact: Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW, at 919-660-7510 or natalie.leary@duke.edu or Cornelia Poer, MSW, LCSW, at cornelia.poer@duke.edu

Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group
2020 Dates: Wednesdays at noon: Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 25, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.
Location: Room 3512 Blue Zone, 3rd Floor, Duke Center for Aging, Duke Clinic Building (formerly known as Duke Hospital South), Parking Deck 1 on Trent Drive
Contact: Bobbi Matchar, MSW, MHA at 919-660-7510 or bobbi.matchar@duke.edu.

Cary and Ruth Henderson Person with Dementia and Care Partner Support Group
Sponsored by the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
4th Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – noon; followed by optional lunch at Durham Restaurant.
Location: Grey Stone Baptist Church, 2601 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC
Contact: Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LSCW at 919-660-7510 or lisa.gwyther@duke.edu

Memory Makers: An Early-Stage Memory Loss Education and Support Group
An eight-week (closed) education and support program for people with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Fall, Spring, and Summer Groups. For more information, contact Bobbi Matchar, MSW at 919-660-7510 or bobbi.matchar@duke.edu.

Younger-Onset Support Group
Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Duke Neurology, and Duke Dementia Family Support Program.
2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
2020 Dates: Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.
Location: Calvary Baptist Church 1204 Lynn Road, Durham (Close to Wake County)
Contact: Janeli McNeal, MSW at 919.660.7510 or janeli.mcneal@duke.edu

Male Caregiver Support Group
If you are a male caregiver for a loved one with dementia, check out these local Male Caregiver Support Groups.

Caregivers, if you wonder whether a support group is for you OR you think you’re too busy to attend a support group, read Caregivers: 4 Reasons Support Groups Will Be Your Lifeline.

For additional groups in the area, contact the Alzheimer’s Association or Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.

For information about other support groups throughout North Carolina, please call the Duke Dementia Family Support Program at 919-660-7510; or email DukeFamilySupport@duke.edu.