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

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So, Which One Is it . . . Extraordinary People doing Ordinary Things or Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things?

This was the question at today’s Without Warning Support Group meeting for caregivers. About 14 caregivers of people with younger onset Alzheimer’s talked about what it took to be a caregiver. They talked about grief and finding ways to put the needs of someone else before themselves. They talked about humor and ways to brace themselves for losses. They talked about enjoying a moment and stress they should let go.

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.