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Male caregivers have a unique perspective. Come share your story with other men. Meets from 8 to 10 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays monthly.
Join this drop-in support group to meet other caregivers and connect with those in like circumstances. Chair massages will be offered at these times. (There may be charges associated with chair massage.) Ann Drobot, Alzheimer’s Association, will be available to visit individually with any who would like to talk to her. Meets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays monthly.
If you would like caregiving assistance while attending any event, please let us know in advance by calling (319) 221-8866 or emailing email@example.com.
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Grief support resources are also available from Hospice of Mercy.
For caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
For more information, call 1-800-272-3900.
Date/Time:10:30 a.m. on the second Thursday monthly
Location:Alzheimer's Association Office317 7th Ave SE, Suite 402Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
For those assisting people living with normal/late onset Dementia (Alzheimer's, Vascular, Mixed, Lewy Body). Come together with others to share experiences and gain support.
Date/Time:6:45 to 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday monthly
Location:Katz Cardiovascular Conference RoomGround level of Mercy Medical Center
Use the parking ramp near 8th Street and enter through the south entrance.
For those assisting people living with younger onset FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia) and PPA (Primary Progressive Aphasia). Come together with others to share experiences and gain support.
Date/Time:5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday monthly
Early Stage Support Group for those individuals and families experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
Date/Time:5 p.m. on the first Thursday monthly
Date/Time:1:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays
Date/Time:6 p.m. on the first Tuesday monthly
ALZConnected is a online social networking community where people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and others affected by the disease can share questions and form new connections.
The following links are provided by an organization called Unforgettable. Unforgettable's mission is to make life easier for all those affected by memory loss and dementia through products, services, empowering advice and a supportive community.
Brain injury patients and family; plus programs especially for caregivers
For more information, contact Scott McDowell, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa: East Central Area Chapter, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date/Time:Various locations and times
Location:Lutheran Church of Resurrection3500 29th AvenueMarion, Iowa
Breast cancer support group for patients and caregivers. For more information, contact Krista Barnell at Krista.email@example.com or Deb Pfiffner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date/Time:5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday monthly
Location:Hall-Perrine Cancer Center
This adult support group brings caregivers of those whose family members are battling cancer together as an outlet to listen, learn and build friendships.
For more information, contact Peggi Weston-Kolarik at (319) 221-8405 or email@example.com.
Date/Time:5:30 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays
Location:Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room
A support group for cancer patients, their caregivers, family members, or anyone who has been touched by cancer, facilitated by Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.
For more information, contact Kris Sargent at (319) 398-6452 or 319-398-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location:First Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon
Multiple Myeloma cancer support group for patients and caregivers
For more information, contact Inez Lensch at CedarRapids@IMFSupport.org or (319) 298-9347
Date/Time:6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday monthly
A support group for men with prostate cancer and their support persons, facilitated by Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.
For more information, contact Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at (319) 365-4673.
Date/Time:7 p.m. on the second Thursday monthly
Location:Mercy Medical Center
Thyroid cancer support group for patients and caregivers
For more information, contact Jamie at (319) 481-2563 or email@example.com.
Date/Time:6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday monthly
A support group for anyone with or a family member of someone with a chronic lung disease.
For more information, contact Mercy Pulmonary Rehab at (319) 398-6651.
Date/Time:1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday in February, May, August & November
Location:Katz Cardiovascular Conference Room, Mercy Medical Center
The VA has several support and service options designed with caregivers of vets in mind. The programs are available both in and out of one's home to help care for one's self and the Veteran.
For more information, contact VA's Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 or visit http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/support_services.asp.