DAI members facilitate and provide online Peer-to-Peer support groups for people with dementia through Facebook and Zoom (online video conferencing). You need to be a member of DAI to be eligible to participate, which is free; you can join here. Online support groups are ideal for those who cannot drive to their local “in person” support group or who live in isolated areas with limited access to services.
Many of our members also like to be a part of more than our DAI support group, and join a number of other groups run by different organisations or individuals, either online or in person if they have them available in their local areas.
DAI also provides peer-to-peer mentoring, if you prefer not to be in a group.
Each support group has its own co-hosts, and runs autonomously, to ensure that our groups continue in the case of one person suddenly being unable to manage them due to health changes or a resignation.
Our current peer-to-peer support groups, including times and co-hosts:
- Mondays 11:30 AM AEST (AU/NZ/ASIA) – co hosts James McKillip, Agnes Houston & Dennis Frost
- Mondays 9:00 AM GMC (UK/EU/SA/AU) – co hosts Eileen Taylor & Kate Swaffer
- Thursdays 11:30 AEST (AU/NZ) – co hosts Kate Swaffer & Eileen Taylor
- Thursdays 1:00 PM CDT (USA/CA) – co hosts John Sandblom, Maria Turner & Wally Cox
- Thursdays 3:00 PM CDT (USA/CA/AU) – co hosts Jerry Wylie, Sif Yidowitch & Kate Swaffer
- Fridays 2:30 PM CDT (USA/CA) – co hosts Carole Mulliken & Phyllis Fehr
- Tuesdays (most months) – Japan, USA & AU
We are working towards having an online calendar, with all of our support groups and regular meetings, cages and Webinars listed. If you use an electronic calendar, this will then show you exactly when it is in your time zone.
See our co-hosts in this photo gallery:
You can download a flyer about them here: DAI Global Peer-to-Peer Support Groups_November 2017
Edition 3 of our full peer-to-peer support group guidelines for participants and hosts can be downloaded here: DAI Peer to Peer Support Proup Guidelines_3rd Editon_2018
If you wish to use these guidelines in your own organisation, please contact us at [email protected] regarding copyright and referencing.
Please note: you need to save the flyer above as a PDF for the links in it to become active.
Occasionally we are asked if peer-to-peer groups really work; it is clear they do, as well proven by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith.
These support groups are run by people with dementia, for people with dementia, and is a meeting place for people diagnosed with all dementias including Alzheimer’s disease and any other type of dementia.
DAI provides facilitated online peer to peer support groups for people with dementia. Here we create a safe environment to share your thoughts, feelings or to just talk about your day with a group of like-minded people whom you will soon come to call your friends.
We use ZOOM online video conferencing to create an experience that is much like sitting around with a group of friends. If you have a webcam and mic, or an iPad or Android tablet or phone, you can see and hear the other participants. No typing is required for those who find typing and spelling a challenge, and these support groups are NEVER RECORDED.
It is a confidential DAI members only forum, and it is not appropriate for professionals or interested others to attend.
The main ‘rules’ are on confidentiality; anything said in the group, stays in the group, as well as respect and dignity for all. These are intended to provide a safe and empowering environment for our members.
Hosts and members do not have permission to record these meetings in any way, including taking notes, screen shots, or any form of digital or video recording.
Be part of an active and growing Facebook support group that is exclusive to people with dementia only, thus providing a space where participants can speak freely and receive support from others sharing the same experience.
There are a number of other Facebook support groups beyond the one for DAI members. For more information, send us an email through the Contact Us form.