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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.

  • Introduction to the Toolkit Project

Be Part of The Toolkit Project

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

Ally Vertigan in the Without Warning music group
Ally Vertigan in the Without Warning music group

A Gentle Truth

15 May 2019

When I began volunteering with Without Warning, a support group for caregivers and loved ones with younger onset Alzheimer’s, I wasn’t sure where to fit in. I’d served as a small group leader in other settings, with other populations, but this was new. The lead facilitator could sense my nerves, I think. She placed me in a large group and said, “Don’t worry! This group practically runs itself!”

Resources for Your Support Group

Developed by the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

Well, I just feel comfortable here. I feel like I can say what I need to say or what I wanna say. Everyone will say, “Yeah. Right,” because we’re all sharing the same thing.