Alzheimer's disease support groups are free for people diagnosed with the disease their caregivers and others, relates the Alzheimer's Association. Support groups are meetings that can come together either monthly or weekly for 60- to 90-minute sessions. At these confidential meetings, people learn more about the disease and share their feelings and experiences with others who may be in similar situations.
At a support group, there is a leader who typically is trained by the Alzheimer's Association to facilitate the group. For people who cannot meet in person, there also are free telephone and Internet support groups. For caregivers, being a member of a support group may help with everyday stress and can help them cope with a loved one's behavior associated with the disease. Support groups are available in many regions of a state. To find out more about support groups in an area, people can contact the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, according to the National Institute of Aging.