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Support Groups

We’re still here for you! Our team is working remotely during this time of Covid-19 to offer education, consultation and support. So don’t hesitate to contact us by phone at 919-660-7510 or via email.

All of our support groups, with the exception of Memory Makers, are meeting using Zoom, where participants can connect by video or telephone on a smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC. We will email support group participants with details about meetings, including directions for using Zoom and increased frequency of monthly meetings. If you have not previously participated in a support group, but are interested in joining now, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below.

Durham Alzheimer’s Evening Family Support Group
2020 Dates: Every other Thursday at 6:30p.m.: May 14,  May 28, June 11, June 25
Location: Via Zoom
Contact: Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW, at 919-660-7542 or natalie.leary@duke.edu

Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group
2020 Dates: Every other Wednesday at noon: May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17
Location: Via Zoom
Contact: Bobbi Matchar, MSW, MHA at 919-660-7509 or bobbi.matchar@duke.edu.

Cary and Ruth Henderson Care Partner Support Group
Sponsored by the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Every other Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.: May 19, June 9, June 23
Location: Via Zoom
Contact: Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LSCW at 919-660-7508 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.
2020 Dates: Every other Tuesday at 7:00p.m.: May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23
Location: Via Zoom
Contact: Janeli McNeal, MSW at 919-660-7565 or janeli.mcneal@duke.edu

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.