Support Groups for Family and Friends

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can leave those with the disease and their care partners feeling isolated. You are not alone. There are other people to share the journey with you!

Support 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.

Our support groups for those caring for someone with the disease – spouses, family or friends – offers participants 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, and
  • Find a sense of hope.

 

Care Partners Support Groups

Young Onset Support Groups by Teleconference

Younger onset dementia affects individuals younger than age 65. They and their families are facing special challenges related to changes associated with the disease, employment, raising children, money matters and future plans. Care partners are experiencing changes in the relationship, an increase in responsibilities related to the family and the challenge of providing care while continuing to be employed.

The Group meets on the third Monday of the month from 7 – 8:30 pm. Participation can be in person at the Provincial Office in Winnipeg or by teleconference.

Click here for information about this group.

Ambiguous Loss Support Groups

How do you grieve the loss of someone when they are standing right in front of you? This is exactly what family members of someone with dementia face: the person is physically present and they look like themselves, but their cognition and emotional disposition are changed and they often act in a different manner than they did in the past.

This fall, the Alzheimer Society will once again offer the Ambiguous Loss Support Group to help family members recognize and grieve this type of loss and to learn to adapt to the changes. The group will run bi-weekly from September 2nd to December 9th, on either a Wednesday or Thursday.

To register for this group contact Beth at 204-943-6622 or bhelliar@alzheimer.mb.ca.