Alzheimer’s Association Announces Support Group Dates for September and October

SYRACUSE – The challenges and emotions that come with caregiving for an individual  with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia can be overwhelming. The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter invites local caregivers to join a community of their peers by attending a support group.

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 (as noted). Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling the office nearest you.

All support groups are free of charge to attend and facilitated by trained individuals. For more information, call 1-800-272-3900 or email [email protected] Upcoming meetings include:

Early-Stage Support Groups

(Person With Dementia and Caregiver)
Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, 5299 Jamesville Road.
third Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 16 and Oct. 21
Katrina Skeval: (315) 472-4201 x103

Caregiver Support Groups

Lewis County
Lewis County Office for the Aging, 7550 S. State St.
third Thursday, 10 a.m., Sept. 17 and Oct. 15
Lisa Monks: (315) 376-5617

Onondaga County
Baldwinsville Methodist Church, 17 W. Genesee St.
second Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 8 and Oct. 13
Eileen and Mike Krupka: (315) 638-0814
Don Broska: (315) 638-1519

St. Joseph The Worker Church, 1001 Tulip St.
second Saturday, 11 a.m., Sept. 12 and Oct. 10
Florence Felt and Skip Collins: (315) 849-2140

Manlius Public Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Way
fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m., Sept. 22 and Oct. 27
Claire Duffy: (315) 247-1775

North Syracuse
Andrews Memorial Church, 106 Church St.
third Tuesday, 1 p.m., Sept. 15 and Oct. 20
Chapter Staff: (315) 472-4201

The Athenaeum of Skaneateles, 150 E. Genesee St.
Last Thursday, 2 p.m., Sept. 24 and Oct. 29
Trudy Scarr: (315) 685-1400

The Centers at St. Camillus, 813 Fay Rd.
third Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 15 and Oct. 20
Ellen Somers: (315) 488-2951 x406

The Hearth on James, 830 James St.
first and third Thursdays, 1 p.m., Sept. 3 and 17, Oct. 1 and 15
John Ryan: (315) 463-0308

Syracuse V.A. Hospital, 800 Irving Ave.
first and third Wednesdays, 1 p.m., Sept. 2 and 16, Oct. 7 and 21
Louise Choroser and Eileen Welch: (315) 425-4400

Oswego County
Central Square
Divine Mercy Parish Center
(St. Michael’s), 592 S. Main St.
fourth Monday, 7 p.m., Sept. 28 and Oct. 26
Gail Lauricella: (315) 676-7533

The Manor at Seneca Hill, 20 Manor Dr.
fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m., Sept. 23 and Oct. 28
Kathy Cocciole: (315) 349-5344

St. Lawrence County
Maplewood, 205 State Street Rd.
first Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 1 and Oct. 6
Cathy Rusgrove: (315) 393-7485
Valerie White: (315) 379-0434

Gouverneur Hospital Education Ctr., 103 W. Barney St.
first Tuesday, 1 p.m., Sept. 1 and Oct. 6
Fred and Nancy Dunkelberg: (315) 287-0276

Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn St.
third Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 15 and Oct. 20
Ellen Wilson and Tanya Bolia: (315) 769-9956

Riverledge Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, 8101 State Highway 68
second Tuesday, 5 p.m., Sept. 8 and Oct. 13
Melissa Burke: (315) 393-0730

About the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter is leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease.

The Central New York chapter covers 14 counties, including: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins.

For more information about the chapter, visit or call 800-272-3900.