DAI members facilitate and provide online peer-to-peer support groups and social groups for people with dementia through Facebook and Zoom (online video conferencing), for our members, and which are 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 join more than our DAI support groups, and may also belong to a number of other groups run by different organizations 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 one to one support, rather than joining a group.
Download Edition 4 of our comprehensive Peer to Peer Support Group Guidelines for participants and co-hosts here: DAI Peer to Peer Support Group Guidelines_4th Editon_November 2020
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.
We are occasionally 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.
The DAI peer to peer support groups are run by people with dementia, for people with dementia, and are a meeting place for people diagnosed with all types of dementias including Alzheimer’s disease.
Weekly peer to peer support groups:
- Mondays 10:00 AM ACST – co-hosts Eileen Taylor & Kate Swaffer, AU/NZ/SG
- Mondays 9:00 AM GMT – co-hosts James McKillop & Dennis Frost, UK/EU/SA/AU
- Wednesdays 1:30 PM ACST – co-hosts Bobby Redman and Kate Swaffer (Alister, Cheryl & Eileen are back up hosts), AU/NZ/SG
- Thursdays 1:00 PM CDT – co-hosts John Sandblom & Wally Cox, USA/CA
- Thursdays 3:00 PM CDT – co-hosts Kate Swaffer, Sid Yidowitch, USA/CA/AU
- Fridays 2pm ACST – co hosts Kate Swaffer and Eileen Taylor, AU/NZ/SG
- Fridays 2:30 PM CDT – co-hosts Christine Thelker & William Corrigan, USA/CA
Weekly Living Alone Social Support Groups
- Sundays 5 PM GMT, co-hosts David Paulson & Julie Hayden, USA/CA/UK, weekly
- Sundays 5 PM AEST, co hosts Bobby Redman & Jo Browne, AU/NZ
Monthly Social Support group
These are hosted as requested
- Tuesdays, Japan, USA & AU
Brain Health Support group
- Mondays (US/UK/CA) /Tuesdays (AU/NZ/SG), based on the 2nd and 4th Mondays (US) of every month, co hosted by Maria Turner and one of our volunteers, Tamara Claunch
See some of our support group co-hosts in this photo gallery:
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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.