Support groups provide emotional support, information, resources and a platform for caregivers to share strategies and lessons learned with other caregivers of persons with dementia. Support groups are designed to meet the specific needs of the communities served, including cultural and language issues and time of day the groups are offered. A variety of in-person and tele-support groups are available throughout the region to create opportunities for caregivers, family members and their loved ones with dementia.
According to many caregivers, building a local support system is a key way to get help. Some caregivers need help when their loved one is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Other caregivers look for help when their loved one is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is okay to seek help whenever you need it.
Clinton County Support Group
Where: SUNY Plattsburgh #534 Sibley Hall, click here for details.
Sibley Hall, George Angell Drive (Parking Lot #20/21), Plattsburgh NY 12901(Google Map Link)
When: The first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm.
Directions For Parking and Entrance:
- Please use the back parking lot to enter Sibley Hall.
- Turn onto George Angell Drive.
- Take a left into the Parking Lot Labeled #20/21.
- On the right there will be a red emergency pillar- please feel free to park in this area.
- Enter the building through door that is covered by a glass awning with metal columns. (There are also multiple wooden benches at this entrance).
- After you enter the building take your 1st right.
- The Support Group will be in the 1st Room to the right.
Essex County Support Group
Where: Ethan Allen Library / Elderwood at Ticonderoga, click here for details.
1019 Wicker Street, Ticonderoga, NY (Google Map Link)
When: The fourth Wednesday of every month from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Hamilton County Support Group
Where: Lake Pleasant Senior Citizens Center, click here for details.
2881 Route 8, Speculator, NY 12164 (Google Map Link)
When: The second Monday of each month at 10:00 am.
Warren County Support Group
Where: The Glen at Hiland Meadows, click here for details.
39 Longview Drive, Queensbury NY 12804 (Google Map Link)
When: The second Tuesday of each month at 11:00 am.
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Combined Support Group/Memory Café
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Saint Regis Mohawk Office For Aging, click here for details.
29 Business Park Road, Akwesasne, NY 13655
October 4th, 2018
Topic: Creating A Strong Care Team – This training reviews why having a care team is important and the benefits for the primary dementia caregiver. Asking for help can be difficult for many caregivers and this program discusses some ways to ask for help. The program will share ideas about people who can help the dementia caregiver. Sometimes it helps to think outside the box for ways to let others help the dementia caregiver.
Activity: Painting Class with Lisa Gervais/Poised4Art
November 15th, 2018
Topic: Caregiving and the Holidays – This program will give tips on having visitors or visiting family members during the holidays. It will review some different ways to manage stress for the caregiver and some possible changes in behavior the person with dementia may have.
Musical Entertainer: Eddie Lawrence
December 20th, 2018
Topic: Caregiver Quality of Life and Self Care – This training reviews the feelings that dementia caregivers could have at any time about their situation and how to cope with those feelings. The program will discuss self talk, stress management and how to ask for help. Tips on living a healthy lifestyle are discussed. These tips help the dementia caregiver learn that by taking care of themselves, they provide better care for the person they care for.
Musical Entertainment: The Starlights
Washington County Support Group
Franklin County Combined
Support Group and Memory Café
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
October 11th, 2018 – Musical Entertainer: Lou Allen
November 8th, 2018 – Activity: Painting Class with Lisa Gervais/Poised4Art
December 13th, 2018 – Musical Entertainer: Mitchell Willette