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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.

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Slow. Breathe. Release.

28 July 2019

As our group facilitators gathered for our debriefing after the last Without Warning meeting, one facilitator shared a breathing exercise she used with family members that session. Ally Vertigan, Without Warning facilitator and Toolkit Project Forum Member, shared that the family members in her group seemed particularly stressed and a moment to reflect was needed. When we closed our debriefing, she led us all in the same simple yet beautiful moment to breathe slowly and deeply while thinking about where we held pain and stress and joy.

Resources for Your Support Group

Developed by the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Just comin’ here is like, ah, the oasis. We’re here. Yeah.