Seeking Positive Pathways

Carol Waarala, MSW, LMSW, Certified Specialist in Aging & Dementia

Care Partner Resources



Attending a support group is a way to share common experiences and feelings with others who are on the dementia journey. They offer a place to learn more about dementia and its progression, and practical ideas and coping strategies along with encouragement and emotional support. If you are attending a support group for the first time, be sure to contact them to confirm time, date, and meeting location.

Support Groups sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Groups

Lewy Body Dementia Support Groups

Parkinson’s Support Groups



What is a Memory Café?

Joe’s Memory Arts Café – Ann Arbor

Michigan Memory Café Directory




Alzheimer’s Association National Website

This is a GREAT website providing information on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia symptoms, diagnosis, stages, treatment, care, and support resources.

Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter
248-351-0280 | 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48033
The Greater Michigan Chapter, with headquarters in Southfield, covers 60 counties. Chapter offices are located in Alpena, Flint, Grand Rapids, Marquette, Midland, and Traverse City.

Alzheimer’s Association – Michigan Great Lakes Chapter
Ann Arbor/South Central Region
734-369-2716 | 564 S. Main Street, Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
The Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, with headquarters in Ann Arbor, covers the following counties: Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw.




Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative
To honor her husband and help others in Michigan who face a future with Lewy body dementia, Tamara Real established the Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative, which is administered by the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Michigan.

Lewy Body Dementia Association
404-935-6444 or 800-539-9767
The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) is the only nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused solely on Lewy Body dementias. It supports those affected by Lewy body dementias through outreach, education, and research.



The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)
Their mission is to improve the quality of life of people affected by FTD and drive research to a cure. FTD is the most common dementia for people under 60.

AFTD Kids and Teens
For several years, AFTD has been addressing the lack of resources to help children and teens understand and cope with a parent’s illness and to create a resource for reliable information, coping strategies, and encouragement for children who are affected by FTD in their family.



Michigan Parkinson Foundation
248-433-1011 | 30400 Telgraph Road, Bingham Farms, MI 48025
Provides services and resources to enhance the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s and their families throughout the state.

National Parkinson Foundation
Toll-free Helpline: 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636)
The National Parkinson Foundation is a leading national presence in the U.S. in Parkinson’s disease research, education, and public advocacy.