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 extension 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 whoever 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:

Nov. 3, 6 p.m.: Vestal Caregiver Support Group. Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.

Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m.: Canton Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m.: Ithaca Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 5, 1 p.m.: Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 5, 2 p.m.: Auburn Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 5, 4 p.m.: Utica Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 9, 11 a.m.: Whitesboro Early Stage Support Group

Nov. 10, 2 p.m.: Clayton Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 10, 3 p.m.: Syracuse LGBTQ Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 10, 5 p.m.: Rome Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.: Baldwinsville Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 11, 10 a.m.: Long-Term Care Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m.: Gouverneur Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m.: Syracuse Younger-Onset Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 11, 6 p.m.: Cazenovia Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 12, 6 p.m.: Little Falls Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 13, 1 p.m.: Vestal Early-Stage Support Group. Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.

Nov. 14, 11 a.m.: Liverpool Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m.: Owego Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 17, 3:15 p.m.: North Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 17, 6 p.m.: Solvay-Geddes Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 18, 12:30 p.m.: Cortland Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 18, 4 p.m.: Johnson City Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 18, 4:30 p.m.: DeWitt Early Stage Support Group. Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.

Nov. 18, 6 p.m.: Oswego Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 19, 10 a.m.: Lowville Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 19, 1 p.m.: Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 19, 2 p.m.: Skaneateles Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 19, 3 p.m.: Clay Spousal Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 19, 6 p.m.: Norwich Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 20, 10 a.m.: Canastota Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 20, 1 p.m.: Ogdensburg Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 23, 7 p.m.: Central Square Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 24, 2 p.m.: Cincinnatus Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 24, 4:30 p.m.: Watertown Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Manlius Caregiver Support Group

Nov. 25, 1 p.m.: Clinton Caregiver Support Group

 

Dec. 1, 6 p.m.: Vestal Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.: Canton Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.: Ithaca Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 3, 1 p.m.: Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 3, 2 p.m.: Auburn Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 3, 4 p.m.: Utica Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 8, 2 p.m.: Clayton Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 8, 3 p.m.: Syracuse LGBTQ Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 8, 5 p.m.: Rome Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m.: Baldwinsville Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 9, 10 a.m.: Long-Term Care Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m.: Gouverneur Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.: Syracuse Younger-Onset (under 65 years old) Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 9, 6 p.m.: Cazenovia Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 10, 6 p.m.: Little Falls Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 11, 1 p.m.: Vestal Early-Stage Support Group Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.

Dec. 12, 11 a.m.: Liverpool Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 14, 11 a.m.: Whitesboro Early Stage Support Group

Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m.: Owego Caregiver Support Group

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

Dec. 15, 6 p.m.: Solvay-Geddes Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 16, 12:30 p.m.: Cortland Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 16, 4 p.m.: Johnson City Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m.: DeWitt Early Stage Support Group. Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.

Dec. 17, 10 a.m.: Lowville Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 17, 1 p.m.: Syracuse Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 17, 2 p.m.: Skaneateles Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 17, 3 p.m.: Clay Spousal/Partner Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 17, 6 p.m.: Norwich Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 18, 1 p.m.: Ogdensburg Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 18, 10 a.m.: Canastota Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 21, 7 p.m.: Central Square Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 22, 2 p.m.: Cincinnatus Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m.: Watertown Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m.: Manlius Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 23, 6 p.m.: Oswego Caregiver Support Group

Dec. 30, 1 p.m.: Clinton Caregiver Support Group

About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. Visit www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900.