Alzheimer’s Association Invites Caregivers and Individuals with Early Stage Dementias to Support Groups in Central New York

The challenges and emotions that come with caregiving for an individual with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can be overwhelming. It can be a stressful endeavor surrounded by anxiety, worry and guilt, and many feel as if they are alone in their journey.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter welcomes caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, as well as individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, to attend one of its support groups meeting throughout the region.

Support groups are a community of peers that exist to support one another. These peer- or professionally led groups for individuals, caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia. Caregiver support groups promote an open forum of sharing and discussion among people facing many of the same issues. The group’s power rests within its members’ ability to show compassion, develop strategies and empower its members to provide the highest quality care possible. Early-stage groups provide peer-to-peer conversation and support for individuals specifically diagnosed in the disease’s early stages. Groups are open to the individual with the disease and the caregiver, and advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling the number listed with the support group.

The Chapter has also partnered with the Spanish Action League in Syracuse, or La Liga de Acción Hispaña, to provide a support group for Spanish-speaking caregivers. The group will meet at the Spanish Action League’s Syracuse office, 700 Oswego St., on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

All support groups are free of charge to attend and facilitated by trained individuals. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or email

Upcoming meetings include:


Early-Stage Support Groups

**Advance screening recommended by calling the Chapter**



Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Rd.

3rd Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

May 17 and June 21




Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main St.

2nd Friday, 1 p.m.

May 12 and June 9




Dunham Public Library, 76 Main St. #78

2nd Monday, 11 a.m.

May 8 and June 12


Caregiver Support Groups

Broome County

Johnson City
First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City, 2 Main St.

1st & 3rd Monday, 6 p.m.

May 1 and 15; June 5 and 19


United Methodist Homes Hilltop Campus, 286 Deyo Hill Rd.

3rd Wednesday, 4 p.m.

May 17 and June 21



Vestal Public Library, 320 Vestal Pkwy. East

1st Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

May 2 and June 6


Cayuga County


United Way of Cayuga County, 17 E. Genesee St., #302

Use rear parking lot on Seminary Street

2nd Monday, 2 p.m.

May 9 and June 13

Chenango County


United Church of Christ, First Congregational, 11 W. Main St.

3rd Thursday, 6 p.m.

May 18 and June 15


Cortland County


Walden Place, 839 Bennie Rd.

3rd Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.

May 17 and June 21



Peck Memorial Library, 24 W. Main St.

2nd Monday, 2 p.m.

May 8 and June 12


Herkimer County

Little Falls

Little Falls Community and Senior Center, 524 Main St.

2nd Thursday, 6 p.m.

May 11 and June 8


Jefferson County


St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 521 James St.

2nd Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

May 11 and June 8



Northern Regional Ctr. for Independent Living, 210 Court St., #104

4th Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

May 25 and June 23


Lewis County


Lewis County Office for the Aging, 7550 S. State St.

3rd Thursday, 10 a.m.

May 18 and June 15


Madison County


Madison County Office for the Aging, 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd.

3rd Friday, 10 a.m.

May 19 and June 16



Community Resources for Independent Seniors, Cherry Valley Professional Plaza, 2662 Rte. 20 East

2nd Wednesday, 6 p.m.

May 10 and June 14


Oneida County


Brookdale Clinton, 115 Brookside Rd.

Last Wednesday, 1 p.m.

May 31 and June 28



Rome Memorial Hospital, 1500 James St., Room 101

2nd Tuesday, 5 p.m.

May 9 and June 13


Onondaga County


Baldwinsville Methodist Church, 17 W. Genesee St.

2nd Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

May 9 and June 13



St. Joseph The Worker Church, 1001 Tulip St., 2nd Floor Library

Use school entrance off of 6th Street

2nd Saturday, 11 a.m.

May 13 and June 10



Manlius Public Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Way

4th Tuesday, 7 p.m.

May 23 and June 27


North Syracuse

NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane

3rd Tuesday, 3:15 p.m.

May 16 and June 20



Grace Chapel, 1674 U.S. Route 20

Last Thursday, 2 p.m.

May 25 and June 29



The Centers at St. Camillus, 813 Fay Rd.

3rd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.

May 16 and June 20


The Hearth on James, 830 James St.

1st & 3rd Thursday, 1 p.m.

May 4 and 18; June 1 and 15


Spanish Action League, 700 Oswego St.

Spanish language support group

1st Wednesday, 6 p.m.

May 3 and June 7


Syracuse V.A. Hospital, 800 Irving Ave., Room B905

Non-Veterans Welcome

1st Wednesday, 1 p.m.

May 3 and June 7


Oswego County

Central Square

First Universalist Church of Central Square, 3243 Fulton Ave.

4th Monday, 7 p.m.

May 22 and June 19



The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr.

4th Wednesday, 7 p.m.

May 24 and June 28


St. Lawrence County


Maplewood, 205 State Street Rd.

1st Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

May 2 and June 6



Gouverneur Community Center, 4673 NYS Route 58

3rd Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

May 18 and June 15



Massena Memorial Hospital, 1 Hospital Dr., Lower Level Conference Room

3rd Monday, 5:30 p.m.

May 15 and June 19



Riverledge Health Care & Rehabilitation Ctr., 8101 State Hwy. 68

2nd Tuesday, 4 p.m.

May 9 and June 13


Tioga County


Tioga Opportunities, Inc., 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd.

3rd Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

May 16 and June 20


Tompkins County


Lifelong, 119 W. Court St.

1st Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

May 3 and June 7

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