Caregiver Support Groups

Anyone familiar with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias knows the significant impact it can have on family members, especially the primary caregiver.

At the onset of the illness, only those close to the person with Alzheimer's disease may notice slight behaviour changes, which they may not understand. The person living with dementia may become forgetful, quick tempered or withdrawn. As the disease progresses, these behavioural changes become more pronounced and, and by the time diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is made, the family may feel frustrated, alone and trapped.

Support groups help families and caregivers of the person living with dementia maintain and increase feelings of self-worth and control by sharing common problems. Through trained and competent leadership, group members can experience emotional relief, develop greater self-awareness and understanding and acquire new and more positive attitudes.

People learn to share problems and help each other cope more effectively in a safe, caring environment. Groups help people form new and meaningful relationships and make them aware of various community services. By working together, people feel less helpless.

Support groups provide a forum to learn and understand how to cope with and care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Support groups are free.

Locations and Times 

First Link Memory Cafe at  Mosaic 

The First Link Memory Cafe at Mosaic, a socialization and information networking group for those who have been diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s disease and/or related dementias, their care partners as well as those who worry about memory problems, is over for the summer, with the group returning in September. 

Family Support Groups

Russian-Language Family Support Group
Home Care Assistance
1600 Steeles Ave. W.
Third Wednesday of each month
1:30 to 3 p.m.

Contact Inna Sorotskin at [email protected] or call 416-726-1403. Learn more here.


AURORA - D.A.Y. Centre
2-240 Edward St.  
First Thursday of each month 
7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Contact Angela Owen-Johnston at [email protected] or call 905-726-3477, ext. 237.

KESWICK – Alzheimer Society of York Region office
184 Simcoe Ave., Unit 4 
Third Wednesday of each month  
1 to 2:30 pm 
Runs in partnership with The Regional Municipality of York: Paramedic & Seniors Services

Contact Stacey Mendonca at [email protected] .

MAPLE  - Maple Health Centre
10424 Keele St.
First Thursday of each month
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Runs in partnership with The Regional Municipality of York: Paramedic & Seniors Services

Contact Hemal Joshi at [email protected] or call 905-731-6611, ext. 50. 

MARKHAM - Markham Public Library
6031 Hwy. 7, Meeting Room A
First Wednesday of the month, except for July and August.
1:30 to 3 p.m.

Contact Rebecca Wardlaw at [email protected] or call 905-640-0237, ext. 33.

STOUFFVILLE - Parkview Village Boardroom
12184 Ninth Line
Fourth Monday of the month, except fro July and August
1:30 to 3 p.m.

Contact Cassandra Calbert at 905-731-6611, ext. 23 or [email protected]

THORNHILL – D.A.Y. Centre
10 Harlech Ct,, Unit 2
Third Wednesday of each month 
7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Contact Andrea Ubell at [email protected] or call 905-731-6611, ext. 22.

Early-Onset (pre 65) Dementia Family Support Group

AURORA 
2-240 Edward St.
Second Tuesday of each month
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Contact Hemal Joshi at [email protected] or call 905-731-6611, ext. 50.

Spouse Support Group

AURORA 
2-240 Edward St., Boardroom
Third Monday of each month
1 to 2:30 p.m.

Contact Ellen Houser at [email protected] or call 905-726-3477, ext. 243.


Last Updated: 08/12/2019