DAI members facilitate and provide online support groups for people with dementia through Facebook and Zoom (online video conferencing). You must be a member to be eligible to participate. 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.
Mick Carmody, a DAI Board member from Brisbane in Queensland Australia is our newly appointed Global Support Group Manager, and will contact all new members who advise they are interested in joining one of our groups. Mick took this on, having been inspired by the late Dr Richard Taylor, who was a co-founder of Dementia Alliance International.
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.
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 other dementias.
DAI Support Group Information and Guidelines 2016
We have professional produced support group guidelines, for the facilitators and hosts, and for members who are attending. You can download them here… DAI Peer to Peer Support Group Information and Guidelines Copyright 2016
If you wish to use these guidelines in your own organisation, please contact us at [email protected] regarding copyright and referencing.
It is a confidential forum, and it is not appropriate for professionals or interested others to attend. The only ‘rule’ is on confidentiality; anything said in the group, stays in the group. Respect and dignity for all, as well as providing a safe and empowering environment are some of our goals.
Currently there are now a number of online peer to peer support groups: two that serve North America, Central America, one that serves members in UK and Europe, and two that serves members in Australia, Japan, Indonesia and NZ. North America, Central America, UK and Europe –
We have recently held a support group in Nigeria, and hope to support the development of a regular one soon, as well as other countries.
Facebook Group(s) for People With Dementia
Be part of an active and growing Facebook 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 groups beyond the one that is for DAI members. For more information, send us an email through the Contact Us form.