Caregiver Support Groups

Anyone familiar with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias knows the significant impact it can have on family members of the impaired person, especially the primary caregiver. At the onset of the illness, only those close to the person with Alzheimer's disease may begin to notice slight behaviour changes which they may not understand. The afflicted person may become forgetful, quick tempered or withdrawn. As the disease progresses these behavioural changes become more pronounced, and by the time diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is made, the family may feel frustrated, alone and trapped.
Support groups help families and caregivers of an impaired person maintain and increase feelings of self-worth and control by sharing common problems. Through trained and competent leadership, members of the group can experience emotional relief, develop greater self-awareness and understanding, and acquire new and more positive attitudes. People learn to share problems and help each other to cope more effectively in a safe caring environment. Groups help people form new and meaningful relationships, and make them aware of various community services. By working together, people feel less helpless. Support Groups provide a forum to learn and understand how to cope with and care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Locations and Times 

Caregiver Support Groups
AURORA - D.A.Y. CENTRE
2-240 Edward St.  
1st Thursday of each month 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

MAPLE * - MAPLE HEALTH CENTRE
10424 Keele Street 
2nd Tuesday of each month 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

MARKHAM – MARKHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY 
6031 Highway 7
1st Wednesday of each month (no group in July/August) 
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

KESWICK * – ALZHEIMER OFFICE
184 Simcoe Avenue, Unit 4 
3rd Wednesday of each month  
1:00 - 2:30 pm 


THORNHILL – D.A.Y. CENTRE 
10 Harlech Court, Unit 2
3rd Wednesday of each month 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

STOUFFVILLE – PARKVIEW HOME
123 Weldon Road 
4th Tuesday of each month (no group in July/August) 
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Early Onset Dementia Support Group
RICHMOND HILL, CHATS Day Program
10132 Yonge St.

2nd Tuesday of each month
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

*The Regional Municipality of York Region, Health Services Long Term Care and Seniors Branch, offers these support groups in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of York Region. 


Last Updated: 11/08/2017