Dementia Care Services
In-Home Personal Care
What is in home personal care, and how does it differ from other services that are provided in the home?
In Home Medical Care for Memory Loss and Dementia
What is in home medical care for memory loss, when is it needed, who is it for and how should you get started?
What is hospice? An explanation of commonly asked questions as well as what the differences are between hospice and palliative care.
Adult Day Centers
Adult day centers offer activities, meals, and personal care for adults who suffer from a mental or physical impairment and require supervision or assistance with activities of daily living.
Support groups are a safe place for people caring for a loved one with memory problems to provide encouragement and discussion with others regarding the similar things they are going through.
Supporting You Where You Are
Get the emotional support you need from anywhere in Michigan. The Alzheimer's Association of Great Michigan virtual, dial-in and in-person support groups take place from our headquarters in Metro Detroit (Southfield) to Grand Rapids to Lansing and all the way to Marquette in the Upper Peninsula. Wherever you are, we are here for you.
Support groups typically recur the same day and time every month.
Please email them at [email protected] with questions, or call our Helpline at (800) 272-3900.
Don't Walk the Caregiver Path Alone
Area Agency on Aging of Wester Michigan (AAAWM) has a variety of services intended to support caregivers on their caregiving journey.
- Care Giver Resource Network was created to include resources in our nine county region (Allegan, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Osceola). Based on the topic you ask for help with, a variety of resources will be provided to you including: service listings, support groups, podcasts, articles covering various caregiver issues, classes and events.
- Family Caregiver University provides practical education and support to caregivers in West Michigan, one class at a time. All classes are taught by community experts and are open to individuals providing care to their family members.
The Wellness Place
Care Services of Evergreen Commons offers a caregiver support group primarily for caregivers who care for someone with dementia. All groups have limited capacity. Individual Caregiver Support is offered on an individual basis by giving a family caregiver an opportunity to be heard, to communicate how giving care to a loved one affects them each day, and to obtain counsel and support if desired. An assessment is completed at first contact with the caregiver to determine if the caregiver is at risk for "caregiver burnout." Suggestions and resources are offered.
Families & Friends of Aging Adults
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services presents the Families & Friends of Aging Adults Support Group. The group is designed specifically for those who are caregivers to older adults, and provides an opportunity to gather information, gain answers and grow. What to expect:
New members are welcome to join at any time. This group has resumed in-person meetings. For more information, please call Cindy or Amy from Pine Rest at (616) 281-6363 Ext: 2450.
Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences
As West Michigan’s first and most experienced memory disorders program, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences' goal is to manage all aspects of patient and caregiver needs related to memory disorders or dementia.
Our unique patient/caregiver-centered approach to care involves a specialized team that includes a physician, medical social worker, nurse practitioner, neuropsychologist and pharmacist.
Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group: Spanish Language
For Spanish-speaking caregivers of individuals who have Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Typically held at Exalta Health, 2060 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, on the second Tuesday of the month. Currently meeting via phone. Call (616) 459-7423 or email [email protected] for meeting details.
Contact: Ana Ramos
Phone: (616) 459-7423
Grupo de apoyo para cuidadores en Español del Alzheimer's Association
Para cuidadores de personas que padecen de la enfermedad de Alzheimer o demencias relacionadas. Nos reunimos en el salón de multiuso de Exalta Health, 2060 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, cada segundo Martes del mes. Debido al COVID-19, nos estamos reuniendo por teléfono. Comuníquese con Ana Ramos por teléfono al 616-459-7423 o por correo electrónico [email protected] para obtener más detalles.
Contacto: Ana Ramos
Teléfono: (616) 459-7423
Legal and Financial Services
Virtual Memory Screening
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America offers free virtual memory screenings which allow individuals to receive one-on-one, confidential memory screenings from a qualified professional using their computer, smartphone, or tablet. This service, which is part of AFA’s National Memory Screening Program, began during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that people could still get screened in the safety and comfort of their homes.
Screenings are done by appointment every Monday and Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm (ET) and every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm (ET). Appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at (866) 232-8484.