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The 5 Best Dementia Support Groups for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Written by OurParents Staff
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5 minute readLast updated February 12, 2024

As a caregiver, it’s just as important for you to get support as it is for your loved one. That’s why joining a caregiver support group can be incredibly helpful. In these groups, you have the opportunity to meet people who are in similar situations, share experiences, and pick up useful tips. Dementia support groups also provide a reliable community to turn to for emotional strength and practical advice.

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Why support groups are important for dementia caregivers

About one out of every five Americans (21.3%) is a caregiver, looking after an adult or child with specific care needs in the last year.[01] If you’re feeling stressed, isolated, or even in denial about your parents’ health, remember: You are not alone. Many people are in the same situation, balancing the unique demands of caregiving with work, relationships, and daily life.
Dementia support groups can be a lifeline. They provide a safe space to talk, share tips, and learn about resources to ease your burden. Connecting with others who understand what you’re going through can make a big difference in your mental and emotional well-being.
Consider joining one of the many caregiver support groups dedicated to providing resources and guidance for both you and your loved one exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. By connecting with others who understand your journey, you can find comfort and practical help, making the caregiving journey just a little easier.

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Top dementia support groups

Explore the five top support groups for dementia caregivers below that offer strength and guidance throughout all the stages of caring for a loved one with memory loss.

1. Alzheimer’s Association local support groups

Through its local Alzheimer’s support groups, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a place to share information, discuss challenges, and learn about dementia-specific resources in your community. Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website and enter your zip code or search by state to find helpful insights and an Alzheimer’s Association support group near you.

2. AgingCare.com’s caregiver forum

A Place for Mom’s partner site, AgingCare.com, offers an anonymous forum where members can ask questions and receive answers on all things related to elder care. This online platform offers a great way for busy caregivers to connect with one another and receive support without leaving the house. There’s even an area of the forum devoted to Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

3. Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)

The FCA sponsors a Caregiver Online Support Group where caregivers, families, and partners can safely discuss the challenges and rewards of caring for a loved one. For caregivers of those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, online support groups can provide an easy and convenient way to participate and connect with others who understand.

4. Memory People

Memory People supports members who want to learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia as they are experiencing it. The group aims to provide those with dementia (and their loved ones) with comfort and a means for sharing experiences. Sign up on Facebook to access posts or post your own questions or comments as a caregiver.

5. Veterans Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support

Family members caring for a veteran can call the VA Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 if they need assistance or information about local support services for caregivers of veterans. The VA also offers a Family Caregiver Support Program, where caregivers can sign up to get personalized education, training, mental health counseling, and respite care for their loved ones.

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Additional tips for caregiver health

Taking care of someone else means you also need to look after yourself. When you’re healthy and have mental clarity, you can provide better care for your loved one. Here are five ways to improve your health as a caregiver:
  1. Eat healthy meals: A balanced diet is key. Nutritious meals give you the energy you need for caregiving.
  2. Stay active: Regular exercise boosts your physical and mental health. Even a short daily walk can make a big difference.
  3. Socialize: Stay connected with friends and family. Social interactions can lift your spirits and reduce stress.
  4. Prioritize personal time: Make sure to set aside time for activities you enjoy. This can be anything from reading a book to gardening.
  5. Seek support: If you’re feeling down, don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor or therapist. Also, consider finding a support group for your loved one with dementia so they have their own circle of support.
Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s is an act of love, but it’s not always easy. Caregiver support groups provide you with a community that understands what you’re going through — offering a space to share stories, seek advice, and find comfort. By staying healthy and connecting with others, you can care for yourself and better support your loved one in the days to come.


  1. AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving. (2020, May 14). Caregiving in the United States 2020.

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