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A group of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional and moral support for one another.

Merriam-Webster, Definition: "Support Group"

The Toolkit Project offers the Dementia Support Group Facilitator information, resources, and the ability to network with each other. Each group facilitator comes with a wide variety of experiences, education, and comfort in running groups. Leading a support group, whether it be a group for people with dementia or a group for caregivers, is both rewarding and challenging. Whether you are new to running a group or have been doing so for many years, we have found that everyone needs support. We hope this website will be a valuable resource for all support group leaders to learn and grow in their practice.

The success of any support group lies with the skills of the group facilitator and the Toolkit Project wants to be a resource and national network for these invaluable people.

Be Part of The Toolkit Project

Become part of the networking community of current and former Dementia Support Group Facilitators


Maybe It’s the Season

Maybe it’s from the season or maybe it’s from the darker and colder days, but the conversation in the last few caregiver sessions of the Without Warning program has taken a turn. Without Warning is a support program for those living with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease which will soon turn 20 years old. Through the years, the caregivers in Without Warning have always discussed the mechanics of their role. They have talked and given tips around helping their person dress, eat, sleep, and get around through the day.

Resources for Your Support Group

Developed by the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Somebody might have had a problem that they’ve come across and how they handle it or what they did with their family, you might relate to. Oh, yeah. I’ve got the same problem or something like that, and you can just help yourself that way. It’s kind of a learning experience.