Support Groups

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of 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.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers Family Caregiver and Early Stage support groups. These groups are there for people who want to inform themselves with current information that will help improve quality of life with the disease. It’s a safe environment where you can learn, laugh and help each other through mutual understanding.

Caregiver support groups

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.
  • 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.
  • Find a sense of hope.

Read more about caregiver support groups.

Tele-support group (for caregivers)

For those caring for someone with the disease and are unable to attend a support group in person, the tele-support group offers caregivers the opportunity to meet with others by phone.

For more information, please contact Sherry Wezner at 250-860-0305 / toll-free 1-800-634-3399 or email: [email protected].

Early stage support groups

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

Both 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 out more

Contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre to find a support group in your community or see the First Link Bulletin for a list of support groups and upcoming dementia education in your community. 


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Last Updated: 05/13/2020