Guide
Resources & Services
Chapter 4: Support Groups for Family Caregivers
Written by Suzanne Boutilier

Family caregivers need more than financial support. We need the support of others who are in the trenches with us. People who have been there, done that, and can show us better, easier, or more cost-effective solutions to the daily challenges we face. Here are some support groups that family caregivers can turn to throughout our caregiving journey.

The Family Caregiver Alliance

The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people we care for. They host several online and in-person support groups. Their website provides state-by-state information on services for family caregivers.

The Caregiver Space

This organization hosts several private Facebook groups where family caregivers can connect. These include groups focused on:

Duet

This local non-profit started 40 years ago, supporting aging adults and their family caregivers in Arizona. But during the pandemic, they expanded their services to offer virtual support groups and educational events to family caregivers all across the country, via their website, duetaz.org

You can join a general caregiver support group, or one tailored to your experience. For example, there’s an Alzheimer’s & Dementia group, an LGBTQ+ group, a Parkinson’s group, and more. If you’re new to caregiving, they can connect you with a seasoned caregiver for 1:1 peer support. Or you can offer your wisdom as a mentor.

Disease-specific Associations 

Some support groups are focused on providing care for people with specific diseases or conditions. These allow caregivers to connect with others who encounter the same unique care challenges. Links to some of these support groups and chat rooms are below.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia caregiver support groups:

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Alzheimer’s Association
Lewy Body Dementia Association
Living Together With Lewy (Facebook group)
Memory People (Facebook group)

Parkinson's caregiver support groups:

American Parkinson’s Disease Association
Parkinson’s Buddy Network
Parkinson’s Foundation

Cancer caregiver support groups:

CancerCare
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
The American Cancer Society

Stroke caregiver support group:

Stroke Caregivers Support Group
Stroke Network

Religious-based Services

Some faith- or religious-based organizations host support groups for family caregivers. Examples include local houses of worship, regional organizations like Caring Together, Living Together, and national organizations like Nourish for Caregivers.

The National Institute of Aging

The National Institute of Aging (NIA), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), doesn’t host support groups for family caregivers. However, it does provide extensive online information on caregiving for individuals with serious health issues.

For more about the benefits of family caregiver support groups and how to join a support group, read our article, “Connecting Family Caregivers: A guide to joining a caregiver support group.

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Review:
Introduction

Chapter 1: Government Programs for Seniors and their Family Caregivers

Chapter 2: Resources for Family Caregivers

Chapter 3: Services for Family Caregivers

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Written by Suzanne Boutilier
Suzanne Boutilier has been working and writing in the caregiving space since 2021. She also helps her sisters care for their aging father.
Reviewed by Elyse Dasko
Elyse Dasko is a leading communications strategist in age tech, caregiving and the longevity market.