Caregiver support groups

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The benefit of caregiver support groups is to connect people going through a similar life experience. Participants gain a sense of empowerment, improve coping skills and find a place where they can talk openly without judgement.

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AS York offers a number of support groups for caregivers of those living with dementia.

Want to learn more about support groups or other programs and service hosted by the Alzheimer Society of York Region?

 

Support group benefits

There is a significant impact on family members of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

At the onset of the illness, only those close to the person with dementia 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 The person living with dementia may become forgetful, quick-tempered or withdrawn.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 diagnosed with dementia by:

  • Maintaining and increasing feelings of self-worth and control by sharing common problems.
  • 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.

Virtual support groups

Meet with your peers virtually to share information on coping with, and caring for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias using Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing platform that can be used for video and audio conference. Having troubles? We can help. 

Aurora
First Thursday of the month
7 to 8:30 pm
Contact Angela at [email protected]

Thornhill
third Wednesday of the month
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact Andrea at [email protected]

Stouffville
fourth Monday of each month
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Contact Cassandra at [email protected]

Markham
First Wednesday of the month
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Contact Rebecca at [email protected]

Young-onset (diagnosed younger than 65)
Second Tuesday of the month
1 to 2:30 pm
Contact Hemal at [email protected]

Spouses only by phone
Third Monday of the month
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Contact Ellen at [email protected]

Cantonese-Speaking Caregivers
Fourth Tuesday of the month
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Contact Arie at [email protected]

Mandarin-Speaking Caregivers
Third Tuesday of the month
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Contact Arie at [email protected]

Russian-Speaking Caregivers
Third Wednesday of the month
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact Inna at [email protected]

Farsi-Speaking Caregivers
Second Wednesday of the month
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact Sarah at [email protected]

The Regional Municipality of York: Paramedic & Senior’s Services, Community and Health Services in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of York Region, also offers family support groups .

Keswick
Third Tuesday of the month
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Contact Stacey at [email protected]

Keswick on the phone
Third Wednesday of the month
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Contact Stacey at [email protected]

Maple
First Thursday of the month
9:30 to 11 a.m.
Contact Jessica at [email protected]

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.

  • Mosaic Home Care Services & Community Resource Centre
  • 2900 Steeles Ave. E. Suite 218, Markham ON
  • For details including upcoming sessions: