Support Groups

Early Onset Support Group

Alzheimer Society Peel is pleased to offer this program especially designed for individuals with early onset Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, under the age of 65.  It provides a supportive, educational, therapeutic program for those with mild memory loss and an opportunity to meet others who are experiencing similar difficulties and exchange information and support in group discussions.

Please call (905) 278-3667 to speak with an Outreach Counsellor if you are interested in finding out more about this program, and other services.

Participants (and their partners in care) will be interviewed prior to enrollment to determine suitability for the group and provide background information.

We welcome inquires and referrals from local Community Services and Agencies.

"JUST FOR YOU" Early Support Group

A supportive, educational, therapeutic program for those individuals who have been informed and are aware of their diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementias.

The purpose of the group is to maintain support and health of the person with dementia by reducing physical and mental stress.

The groups provide experienced, empathetic facilitators; educational videos on topics relating to the disease, followed with a group discussion.

"JUST FOR YOU" EARLY SUPPORT GROUP also provides the newly diagnosed person with an opportunity to share coping strategies with others who have also been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

For more information on the "Just For You" group please click here

First Link Support Group

The First Link Support Group is intended for persons in the very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related Dementia, and their primary caregiver. 

The person with the diagnosis has to be aware of their diagnosis and able to talk about it. The group is for those that wish to connect with others in the same situation, share feelings and ideas, as well as coping strategies, in addition to learning about the disease, services available, and receiving informal support from facilitators and other group members. The group lasts anywhere from 6-8 weeks, and is meant to be a stepping stone to the Caregiver Support Group and the Just For You group. The group is a closed group, limited to no more than 12 people.

The First Link Support Group is facilitated by the Alzheimer Society Peel First Link Support Counsellors. 


Caregiver Support Group 

The Caregiver Support Groups are for family members, or friends, who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, who wish to attend a group where they can learn about the disease, and receive informal support from others who are experiencing what they are. The groups are on-going, and are facilitated by Alzheimer Society Peel Outreach Staff, or specially trained volunteers. The groups are not appropriate for the individuals with dementia to attend with their caregivers.

If you would like to attend an Alzheimer Society Peel Caregiver Support Group please contact us at 905-278-3667 and we will supply you with dates, times, and locations of our groups.

Grief Support Group

To alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, the Alzheimer Society Peel is now offering a support group for individuals who have lost a loved one to the disease.  Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and degenerative brain disorder and has been described as the “Long Good Bye.” The losses that take place during the course of the disease such as personality changes, memory loss and coordination impairments, could persist on an average of 8-10 years from diagnosis. Caregivers face pre-death grief as these changes transpire and when death finally occurs, a new grieving process begins.

The Grief Support Group allows caregivers to express, manage and accept the various emotions and feelings that coincide with the loss of a loved one. One caregiver stated “I am not alone in feeling this very deep hurt…finally people who truly understand.” Currently, no other community agencies offer this type of support group that is specific to the loss of someone with Alzheimer’s disease. 

For further information regarding this support group please call:  Outreach Counsellor Christine Longo at 289-632-2273.

Last Updated: 04/27/17
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