Duke’s Aging Center Family Support Program established the first support groups in North Carolina for families of adults with memory disorders with Duke Hospital Auxiliary and NC Foundation grants in 1980. Now the original groups sponsor support groups of the Alzheimer’s Association or Alzheimer’s NC in almost all 100 counties.
The Program’s newsletter, The Caregiver, has linked families and professionals caring for persons with memory disorders, and is the oldest continuously published family caregiver newsletter in the U.S.
Since 1984, the Program has been funded by the NC Division of Aging as a NC first responder clearinghouse, crisis hotline, and technical assistance center for families and professionals caring for people with memory disorders. The state pays for free subscriptions to the newsletter (circulation 11,000 in 50 states and nine countries) for any NC resident. Since 1985, Lisa Gwyther, Program Director, has directed education for the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Duke.
In 1999, Duke’s Dementia Family Support Program received the Outstanding Human Service Agency of the Year Award from the NC National Association of Social Workers. In 2000, the Program’s social workers were funded by Duke Human Resources to offer free confidential elder care consultations for Duke employees and their families. The Duke Employee Elder Care Consultation Service was selected by the National Alliance for Caregiving for its June, 2012, Washington D.C. press release and publication, Best Practices in Workplace Eldercare.
Duke Dementia Family Support Program
Room 3513, 3rd floor Blue Zone, Duke South Clinics
Box 3600 Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 660-7510
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Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, Director
Bobbi G. Matchar, MSW, MHA, Social Worker
Janeli McNeal, MSW, LCSW-A, Social Worker
Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW-A