Alzheimer’s Association to continue support groups via phone, online

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:

March 2, 6 p.m.: Vestal Caregiver Support Group

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

March 3, 5:30 p.m.: Ithaca Caregiver Support Group

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

March 4, 2 p.m.: Auburn Caregiver Support Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 11, 6 p.m.: Little Falls Caregiver Support Group

March 12, 1 p.m.: Vestal 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.

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

March 16, 1:30 p.m.: Oswego Caregiver Support Group

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

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

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

March 17, 4 p.m.: Johnson City Caregiver Support Group

March 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.

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

March 18, 6 p.m.: Norwich Caregiver Support Group

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

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

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

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

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

March 25, 2 p.m.: Skaneateles Caregiver Support Group

March 25, 3 p.m.: All Areas Partner/Spousal Support Group

March 31, 1 p.m.: Clinton Caregiver Support Group

April 1, 1 p.m.: Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

April 1, 2 p.m.: Auburn Caregiver Support Group

April 1, 4 p.m.: Utica Caregiver Support Group

April 6, 6 p.m.: Vestal Caregiver Support Group

April 6, 6:30 p.m.: Canton Caregiver Support Group

April 7, 5:30 p.m.: Ithaca Caregiver Support Group

April 8, 6 p.m.: Little Falls Caregiver Support Group

April 9, 1 p.m.: Vestal 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.

April 10, 11 a.m.: Liverpool Caregiver Support Group

April 13, 3 p.m.: Syracuse LGBT Caregiver Support Group

April 13, 5 p.m.: Rome Caregiver Support Group

April 13, 6:30 p.m.: Baldwinsville Caregiver Support Group

April 14, 10 a.m.: Long-Term Care Caregiver Support Group

April 14, 1:30 p.m.: All Areas Chapter Support Group #1

April 14, 5:30 p.m.: Syracuse Younger-Onset 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.

April 14, 6 p.m.: Cazenovia Caregiver Support Group

April 15, 10 a.m.: Lowville Caregiver Support Group

April 15, 6 p.m.: Norwich Caregiver Support Group

April 16, 10 a.m.: Canastota Caregiver Support Group

April 16, 1 p.m.: Ogdensburg Caregiver Support Group

April 20, 1:30 p.m.: Oswego Caregiver Support Group

April 20, 3:15 p.m.: North Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

April 20, 6 p.m.: Solvay-Geddes Caregiver Support Group

April 21, 12:30 p.m.: Cortland Caregiver Support Group

April 21, 4 p.m.: Johnson City Caregiver Support Group

April 21, 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.

April 22, 3 p.m.: All Areas Partner/Spousal Support Group

April 26, 5 p.m.: All Areas Chapter Support Group -2

April 27, 4:30 p.m.: Watertown Caregiver Support Group

April 28, 1 p.m.: Clinton Caregiver Support Group

April 28, 6 p.m.: Oswego Caregiver Support Group

April 29, 2 p.m.: Skaneateles Caregiver Support Group

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