Support groups

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Dementia can leave those with the disease and their care partners feeling isolated. However, you are not alone. There are other people to share the journey with you. Learn about the Family Caregiver and Early Stage support groups we offer across B.C.

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Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently offering telephone support groups for caregivers only. In-person support groups for caregivers and people living with dementia will resume when we are confident it is safe to do so.

Tele-support group (for caregivers)

For those caring for someone with the disease – spouses, family or friends – a caregiver support group offers the chance to:

  • Exchange information and friendship with others affected by dementia.
  • Access the most current information provided by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
  • Learn and share practical tips for coping with change.
  • Decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation.
  • Express feelings and be reassured that these feelings are normal.

Tele-support groups meet monthly for one hour. Regional groups and provincial groups are available to caregivers across the province, including specialized groups for adult children, Chinese families, and caregivers of a person living in long-term care.

For more information or to register for a tele-support group, please call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 or see the First Link Bulletin for a list of days and times available.

Early stage support groups

*Currently on hold*

For people in the early stages of dementia, our early stage support groups provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn about living with dementia and its progression.
  • Share feelings and common experiences.
  • Exchange practical coping strategies.
  • Participate in discussions.

Read more about early stage support groups.

Information and Mutual Aid Model

Our support groups are based on an Information and Mutual Aid model. This means that you can expect to benefit from reliable information provided by Alzheimer Society staff, and from the wisdom and experience of other group members who are also facing the illness.

Read more about the Information and Mutual Aid Model.

Find support in B.C.

First Link® dementia support connects people living with dementia and their care partners to support services, education and information as early as possible after diagnosis and throughout the progression of the disease.

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Webinars

Learn about dementia from anywhere by participating in one of our live webinars – all you need is a computer, tablet or phone!

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