Support Groups

All groups are free, open to the public, and meet in Durham. People interested in the Cary and Ruth Henderson Person with Dementia and Care Partner Support Group should contact Lisa Gwyther before attending their first meeting. Those interested in the Memory Makers: An Early-Stage Memory Loss Education and Support Group should contact Bobbi Matchar for screening information.

Durham Alzheimer’s Evening Family Support Group
2019 Dates: Thursdays at 6:30: Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12.
Location: Duke Medical Center Board Room, 1170B Yellow Zone, 1st Floor, Duke Clinic Building (formerly known as Duke Hospital South), Parking Deck 1 on Trent Drive
Contact: Natalie Leary, MSW, LCSW-A, at 919-660-7510 or [email protected] or Cornelia Poer, MSW at [email protected].

Daughters Concerned for Aging Relatives Support Group
2019 Dates: Wednesdays at noon: Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.
Location: Room 3512 Blue Zone, 3rd Floor, Duke Center for Aging, Duke Clinic Building (formerly known as Duke Hospital South), Parking Deck 1 on Trent Drive
Contact: Bobbi Matchar, MSW, MHA at 919-660-7510 or [email protected].

Cary and Ruth Henderson Person with Dementia and Care Partner Support Group
Sponsored by the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
4th Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – noon; followed by optional lunch at Durham Restaurant.
Location: Grey Stone Baptist Church, 2601 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC
Contact: Lisa Gwyther, MSW, LSCW at 919-660-7510 or [email protected]

Memory Makers: An Early-Stage Memory Loss Education and Support Group
An eight-week (closed) education and support program for people with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Fall, Spring, and Summer Groups. For more information, contact Bobbi Matchar, MSW at 919-660-7510 or [email protected].

Younger-Onset Support Group
Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, Duke Neurology, and Duke Dementia Family Support Program.
2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
2019-2020 Dates: July 9, 2019, August 13, 2019, September 10, 2019, October 8, 2019, November 12, 2019, December 10, 2019, January 14, 2020, February 11, 2020, March 10, 2020, April 14, 2020, May 12, 2020, June 9, 2020, July 14, 2020.
Location: Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham
Contact: Janeli McNeal, MSW at 919.660.7510 or [email protected]

Caregivers, if you wonder whether a support group is for you OR you think you’re too busy to attend a support group, read Caregivers: 4 Reasons Support Groups Will Be Your Lifeline.

For additional groups in the area, contact the Alzheimer’s Association or Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.

For information about other support groups throughout North Carolina, please call the Duke Dementia Family Support Program at 919-660-7510; or email [email protected].