Alzheimer’s Association to continue support groups via phone, online into January and February

SYRACUSE — Based on the guidance from local public health agencies, the Alzheimer’s Association has transitioned its support groups from in-person meetings to gatherings that take place remotely. Staff- and peer-led groups will meet at their regularly scheduled times, but using telephone and online meeting services.

“The health and safety of our constituents, volunteers and staff remain our driver as we address the COVID-19 outbreak and as we continue to pursue our mission, today and in the longer term,” said Catherine James, Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Chief Executive Officer. “Alzheimer’s Association operations will continue, and we will re-evaluate these measures on an ongoing basis and resume in person engagements as soon as we are able, based on public health guidelines.”

Support groups are open to all caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Some groups have specialized audiences, including spousal caregivers and individuals living with early-stage dementia. To obtain instructions on how to join a group by phone or online, call 315-472-4201 and dial ext. 228 at the prompt.

Moving groups to a virtual environment means that peer support is available on a more frequent basis.

“Our groups had previously been organized geographically and resources local to that area will still inform each group,” James said. “But, the nature of how we are operating right now allows us to offer a group to whomever needs one, whenever they need it.

Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Alzheimer’s Association support groups provide an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, and coping strategies.

All support groups are free of charge to attend and facilitated by trained individuals.

Upcoming meetings include:

Jan. 5, 6:30 p.m.: Canton Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 7, 1 p.m.: Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 7, 4 p.m.: Utica Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 9, 11 a.m.: Liverpool Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 12, 10 a.m.: Long-Term Care Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 12, 3 p.m.: Syracuse LGBT Caregiver Support Group. Support group for individuals with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Advanced screening is required prior to attending by calling 315-472-4201

Jan. 12, 5 p.m.: Rome Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 12, 5:30 p.m.: Syracuse Younger Onset Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 12, 6 p.m.: Cazenovia Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.: Baldwinsville Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 13, 1:30 p.m.: All Areas Chapter Support Group #1

Jan. 15, 10 a.m.: Canastota Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 15, 1 p.m.: Ogdensburg Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 19, 3:15 p.m.: North Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 19, 6 p.m.: Solvay-Geddes Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 20, 12:30 p.m.: Cortland Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m.: DeWitt Early Stage Support Group

Jan. 21, 10 a.m.: Lowville Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 25, 5 p.m.: All Areas Chapter Support Group #2

Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m.: Watertown Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 27, 6 p.m.: Oswego Caregiver Support Group

Jan. 28, 3 p.m.: All Areas Partner/Spousal Support Group

Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m.: Canton Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 4, 1 p.m.: Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 4, 4 p.m.: Utica Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 9, 3 p.m.: Syracuse LGBT Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 9, 5 p.m.: Rome Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Baldwinsville Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 10, 10 a.m.: Long-Term Care Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m.: All Areas Chapter Support Group #1

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.: Syracuse Younger-Onset Caregiver Support Group.

Feb. 10, 6 p.m.: Cazenovia Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 13, 11 a.m.: Liverpool Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 16, 3:15 p.m.: North Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 16, 6 p.m.: Solvay-Geddes Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 17, 12:30 p.m.: Cortland Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 17, 4:30 p.m.: DeWitt Early Stage Support Group. Support group for individuals with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Advanced screening is required prior to attending by calling 315-472-4201

Feb. 18, 10 a.m.: Lowville Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 19, 10 a.m.: Canastota Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 19, 1 p.m.: Ogdensburg Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 22, 5 p.m.: All Areas Chapter Support Group #2

Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m.: Watertown Caregiver Support Group

Feb. 24, 3 p.m.: All Areas Partner/Spousal Support Group

Feb. 24, 6 p.m.: Oswego Caregiver Support Group

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