The Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, offers two virtual support groups for care partners of those living with dementia. The Knox and Waldo Counties Virtual Caregiver Support Groups are held monthly and offer both a morning or evening meeting via Zoom for participants to choose from.

“Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment where participants learn about dementia, share experiences, and develop problem-solving skills,” said Alison Russell, manager of education and volunteers at the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter.

“Groups are available for at-home caregivers, those living with dementia, and for those with loved ones in residential care. A bereavement group is available for those who have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s or another dementia.”

To learn more or to register, contact the facilitator, Cheri Blouin at 301-6808 or cblouin@pbmc.or.

To speak with a dementia care expert who can help recommend programs, provide support, and information call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. In addition to support groups, the Alzheimer's Association offers free education, social engagement programs, and resources for care partners, those living with dementia, and community members looking to learn more. For a full list of upcoming programs, visit alz.org/maine.