The Alzheimer Association website directs those interested in support groups online and in person using a ZIP code location option at ALZConnected. The website also offers message boards and chat rooms for those interested in communicating with people around the country 24 hours a day.
The Alzheimer's Association has peer and professionally led support groups for family and hired care givers or anyone dealing with Alzheimer's disease. All groups are run by trained professionals.
Some locations around the United States offer specific groups for children and those with younger-onset and early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's is a form of dementia that is most common. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The general term for memory loss and intellectual ability is serious in that it interferes with the ability to function on the most basic levels.
Symptoms usually develop slowly but get worse over time. It may begin with trouble remembering names when introduced to new people or increased difficulty performing daily tasks in social or work settings. Alzheimer's accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., as noted by the Alzheimer's Association.
The average live life span after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's is an average of 8 years. However, the average range for survival is from 4 to 20 years, depending on the age and other health conditions of the patient.