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Support Groups

We are glad you are interested in joining one of our program’s support groups. The goal for our sessions is to exchange helpful caregiving strategies and foster a community where caregivers feel understood and supported. Newly established set of guidelines are meant to help meetings run smoothly and assure that groups are safe and welcoming environments.

Our support groups continue to meet via Zoom, where participants can connect by video or telephone on a smartphone, 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.

At this time, we are planning to meet virtually through the remainder of 2022. We will continue to evaluate the situation as the year progresses and offer plenty of warning if the group structure will change. Don’t hesitate to contact us by phone at 919-660-7510 or via email.

African-American Dementia Caregiver Support Group 
2022 Dates: Every 3rd Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Location: Via Zoom
Contact: Tiffany Summers, MSW, LCSW, 919-660-7508

Long-Term Care Community Support Group (for family care partners of someone living in long-term care)
2022 Dates: Every 3rd Tuesday from noon-1:15 p.m.
Location: Via Zoom
Contact: Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW, 919-660-7542

Duke Dementia Evening Care Partner Support Group
2022 Dates: Every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Via Zoom
Contact: Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW, 919-660-7542

Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group
2022 Dates: Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday from noon-1:00 p.m.
Location:
Via Zoom
Contact:
Bobbi Matchar, MSW, LCSW, 919-660-7542

Duke Dementia Morning Care Partner Support Group
2022 Date: Every 2nd Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. 
Location:
Via Zoom
Contact: Tiffany Summers
, MSW, MHA, 919-660-7509

Younger-Onset Support Group
The group is open to both persons living with memory loss (diagnosed at age 65 or younger) and care partners. Simultaneous support group meetings for each.
2022 Dates: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Location:
Via Zoom
Contact:
Janeli McNeal
, MSW, 919-660-7565

Person Living with Memory Loss Diagnosis (PLWD) Group
2022 Dates: Every 3rd Monday at 11:00 a.m. 
Location:
Via Zoom
Contact:
Janeli McNeal
, MSW, 919-660-7565

Memory Makers: An Early-Stage Memory Loss Education and Support Group
A six-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.

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 AssociationDementia Alliance of North CarolinaThe Association for Frontotemporal DegenerationLewy Body Dementia Association and local Male Caregiver Support Groups.

For information about other support groups throughout North Carolina, please call the Duke Dementia Family Support Program at 919-660-7510.