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Are you caring for a family member with dementia? Join one of our Online Support Groups that fit your unique needs.

You don’t have to be alone on this journey. More than 200,000 Ontarians have dementia. Many of their caregivers have the same concerns and questions that you do.

Our web-based group is facilitated by a social worker. It allows family members affected by a person who has dementia to meet each other online.

Baycrest and the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) have created a secure, user-friendly video conferencing software that enables group members to exchange ideas, offer encouragement, solve problems and receive therapeutic support from a trained social worker.

Each group includes 6-8 people who meet with the social work facilitator once a week for 8-10 weeks.

Participants in the Online Caregiver Support Group have said:

“The group is my lifeline, my community, a place of support I could not get anywhere else.”

“It’s where I’m understood by people in the same situation. It really helps puts things in perspective.”

“I don’t know how I would have survived without this group…it gives me a lot of comfort and helps me face the next day.”

The evidence-based support group intervention was developed by Dr. Elsa Marziali at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest and is available as a clinical service, thanks to a gift by the Robin and Barry Picov Family Foundation. An important part of this project is a program evaluation to ensure that these groups are as helpful as possible and can be tailored to the individual needs of participants.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Adult child, partner or family member of someone with dementia who resides at home or in the community
  • Ontario resident
  • Access to a computer, tablet or cell phone with video and high-speed internet
  • Able to commit to all sessions

Learn More

If you wish to learn more, please provide your information below. You will be contacted by a Baycrest social worker who will ask you questions to better understand your relationship to the person with dementia, their age and the form of dementia they have in order to enrol you in the appropriate group.

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The Online Caregiver Support Group is generously supported by the Robin and Barry Picov Family Foundation.

Another helpful resource for caregivers is Dementia: A Caregiver’s Guide. The guide, written by Baycrest experts, provides caregivers with practical tips and coping strategies in such areas as: activities of daily living, communication, sex and intimacy, managing challenging behaviours, driving, falls prevention and home safety. Click here for more information or to purchase the guide.