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 The afflicted person may become forgetful, quick tempered or withdrawn.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 an impaired person maintain and increase feelings of self-worth and control by sharing common problems. Through trained and competent leadership, members of the group 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 to 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.

Locations and Times 

Russian Support Group

Those who are Russian speaking can attend a freee Family Support Group, which meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Home Care Assistance, 1600 Steeles Ave. W. Contact Inna Sorotskin at or call 416-726-1403. Learn more here.

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 Sept. 25. 

Caregiver Support Groups

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

MAPLE * - Maple Health Centre
10424 Keele St.
NEW TIME AND DATE: First Thursday of each month
9:30 to 11 a.m.

MARKHAM – Markham Public Library
6031 Hwy. 7
First Wednesday of each month (no group in July/August) 
1:30 to 3 p.m.

KESWICK * – Alzheimer Society of York Region office
184 Simcoe Ave., Unit 4 
Third Wednesday of each month  
1 to 2:30 pm 

10 Harlech Ct,, Unit 2
Third Wednesday of each month 
7 to 8:30 p.m. 

STOUFFVILLE – Parkview Village
Parkview Village Boardroom, 12184 Ninth Line
Fourth Monday of each month 
1:30 to 3 p.m. 

Note: The December support group has been changed from Dec. 24 to Dec. 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Early Onset Dementia Support Group

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

Spouse Support Group

AURORA - D.A.Y. Centre
2-240 Edward St.
Third Monday of each month
1 to 2:30 p.m.

*The Regional Municipality of York Region, Health Services Long Term Care and Seniors Branch, offers these support groups in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of York Region. 

For details, contact 1-888-414-5550.



Last Updated: 12/03/2018