Ozcare's Art and Alzheimer's group in Logan provides clients with the chance to meet and look at art

Support Groups

Informal meetings and support organisations for people in Queensland

Support and social groups are an easy way to find people with similar life experiences, who can act as a support to you, and you to them, by talking through questions, issues, or experiences.

Joining a group can provide a range of benefits for both people living with dementia and carers. These include:

  • A safe place to talk about anything and everything about your life and living with dementia
  • Being able to discuss your experiences with people who can empathise
  • Making new friendships
  • Having more social outings
  • Asking questions or providing advice to people with similar problems
  • Being a support for others
  • Extending your own support network

There are many groups available to Queenslanders both in-person and online, with specific groups available for carers and those with younger onset dementia. Some are more formalised, with a support group leader, who facilitates discussion, while others are more casual, with members meeting at a coffee shop monthly for a chat.

Dementia support groups are sometimes run by dementia service providers, while others have been set up by members of the local community.

If support groups aren't suitable for you, you can get one-on-one support from professional counsellors or go along with your family.

Queensland Dementia Support / Social Groups

Dementia Australia
Dementia Australia operates various support groups and free activities for people living with dementia. Find out more on the Dementia Australia website or call their national dementia helpline on 1800 100 500.

Ozcare

Ipswich - Dementia Cafe
Ozcare Ipswich is holding a dementia cafe for people living with dementia, friends, family, and members of the local community. Join us on the fourth Thursday of every second month from 10.30am to 12.30pm. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Bundaberg - Dementia Café
Ozcare and Gracie Dixon Day Respite Centre have joined together to offer a dementia café for people living with dementia, friends, family, and members of the local community. Come along on the first Friday of the month from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Best Western Boulevard Lodge Function Room, 10 Johanna Boulevard (opposite Reading Cinema).The group costs $5 per session and features guest speakers and specialist information about dementia. The group is supported by Ozcare’s dementia adviser for Bundaberg, Denise Hodder. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Bundaberg - Living well with dementia
Ozcare Bundaberg encourages people living with dementia, their family, and carers to join us on the second Friday of every month from February to November for a group that focuses on joint activities for the person living with dementia and their carers. We meet at a local community café or at Ozcare offices and the group is run by dementia advisers Denise Hodder and Jennie Whitley. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Bundaberg - Mind the Art 
People living with dementia and their carers are invited to join us at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) for a gallery tour, morning tea, and group discussion with other people living with dementia.  For more information, contact BRAG on 4130 4750. This group is supported by Ozcare’s dementia advisor for Bundaberg, Denise Hodder.

Rockhampton - Never Stop Knitting
Never Stop Knitting is an inclusive craft group aimed at people whose diagnosis of dementia is having an impact on their ability to undertake crafts such as knitting and crochet at a level that they were once competent. Share in the making of a group project, knit or crochet a few stitches, sort wool into colours or textures, have a chat and a cuppa or just enjoy the company of other crafters in a relaxed setting without expectations. This group is supported by Ozcare’s dementia advisor for Rockhampton, Trish Maude. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Mackay
A free BBQ get-together is held for older people living with dementia and their carers on the second Friday of the month from 11.30am to 1.30pm. This group is run in partnership with Mackay Alzheimer’s and is supported by Ozcare’s dementia advisory for Mackay, Diane Barber. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Townsville
People with dementia and their carers are invited to a weekly walking group, run by Heart Foundation Walking, with support from Ozcare’s Dementia Advisory and Support Service. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Cairns
A social group for older people with dementia and carers meets on the third Tuesday of each month at a café or private venue. This group is supported by Ozcare’s dementia advisor for Cairns, Britta Hollamby. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Online Dementia Support Groups

Dementia Alliance International – Australia Online Support Group
This support group is run by people with dementia, for people with dementia, and is a meeting place for people diagnosed with all dementias. It is a confidential forum, not for professionals or interested others to attend. Please contact info@infodai.org to register for this support group. The link to the group will be emailed to you the day before the support group meeting.

FTD Support Group
An international online forum which provides a place for safe and secure communications for people who have been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and those who care for loved ones with FTD.

Carer Support Groups

Dementia Australia
Dementia Australia operates a number of support centres for carers and family of people living with dementia in Queensland. Find out more on the Dementia Australia website or call their national dementia hotline on 1800 100 500.

Carers Queensland
Carers Queensland have carer support groups all over Queensland and you don't need to be a member of Carers Queensland to be a part of one. For more information visit the Carers Queensland website.

Queensland Government
The Queensland Government have put together a list of support groups for carers of different ages and backgrounds. For more information visit the Queensland Government website

Younger Onset Dementia Support Groups

Ozcare

Mackay – Younger Onset Dementia Group with Mackay Alzheimer’s
We invite younger people living with dementia in Mackay to join us on the third Thursday of each month at Mackay Alzheimer’s offices at 167 Evans Street, South Mackay. This group is supported by Ozcare’s dementia advisor for Mackay, Diane Barber. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Townsville – Social Group with ComLink
A social group for people living with dementia under 65 years of age is run by ComLink and is supported by Ozcare’s dementia advisor for Townsville, Ruth McCall. The groups meets every second monthly and transport is included. There is a small cost per session. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Cairns – Social Younger Onset Dementia Group
A social group for people diagnosed with younger onset dementia meets on the second Friday of each month at a café or private venue. Carers are also welcome. This group is supported by Ozcare’s dementia advisor for Cairns, Britta Hollamby. For more information contact 1800 Ozcare (1800 692 273).

Facebook - Young Onset Dementia Support Group
A supportive online community on Facebook delivering the latest news, research and messages.

Online - Dementia Australia Younger Onset Dementia Forum
This forum provides a place where younger people with dementia, their families, carers and friends can gather and share information.


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