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Regardless of where you are in your journey, there is a broader community of support available for you in Calgary and surrounding areas. Support groups enable you to share your story, connect with others facing similar situations and discuss various care strategies. They are a safe place to talk about your experiences. They are also a place for laughter, education and healing.

If you need a safe place to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with others, consider joining one of the support groups in your local community. Our support groups are led by professional facilitators who can provide comfort, support and resources to help you.

Support groups facilitated by the Alzheimer Society of Calgary

The Alzheimer Society of Calgary operates a number of local support groups. Pre-registration is required. Please call 403-290-0110 (Toll-Free 1-877-569-4357) or email findsupport@alzheimercalgary.ca for further information.

For care partners, family members and friends:
NW Caregiver Support Group
SW Caregiver Support Group
Varsity Group

Centre 70 Support Group (Alzheimer Main Office)

 

Other support groups for caregivers

These care partner support groups are available in Calgary and surrounding areas and operate independently of the Alzheimer Society of Calgary.

Dementia Specific Support Groups

  • Calgary North East: Contact Jean at 403-273-2371
  • Calgary South East: Contact Clara at 403-271-9570
  • Calgary South West: Contact Leslie at 403-253-2979
  • Calgary South West – Young Onset Group: Contact Cindy at 403-975-6685
  • Canmore/Banff: Contact Sharon at 403-762-2990

General Caregiver Support Groups

  • Airdrie: Contact Michelle at 403-945-3900
  • Didsbury: Contact Sharon at 403-335-7285
  • Strathmore: Contact Rina at 403-361-8003
  • Okotoks: Contact Kathryn or Laura at 403-995-2652
  • High River/Nanton: Contact Krista at 587-226-4339
  • Calgary North West: Contact Charlene at 403-955-1674
  • Calgary South West: Contact Charlene at 403-955-1674

Other supports available

Family Caregiver Center
The Family Caregiver Centre provides a coordinated source of information, education and support for care partners, including library and internet access; family caregiver education; supportive counselling and community development.

(403) 955-1674
family.caregivercentre@albertahealthservices.ca
www.albertahealthservices.ca/services.asp?pid=service&rid=1604
1070 McDougall Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7Z2

Alberta Health Services Grief Support Program
The Grief Support Program operates within the Calgary area and offers individual counselling and group counselling to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one and are in need of support. Grief counselling is offered to people who have lost a family member or significant other including a child, sibling, parent or spouse; and families who have experienced a loss through suicide or other traumatic means.

403-955-8011

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/info/Page13161.aspx

1820 Richmond Road SW, Calgary, AB T2T-5C7

 

Hospice Calgary – Grief Support for Children and Teenagers
Hospice Calgary provides support for children, teenagers and their families who have experienced a loss through death - whether sudden, accidental or anticipated.

(403) 263-4525
info@hospicecalgary.com
www.hospicecalgary.com
1245 - 70 Avenue SE , Calgary, Alberta T2H 2X8

Other Grief Support
Care Centres near your location may have family support programs. Community churches and funeral homes also often provide or sponsor grief/bereavement groups.

 

 

Counselling Services


Calgary Access Mental Health (403) 943-1500

Community Addiction and Mental Health Services – Rural Communities (Strathmore, Airdrie, Banff, Canmore, Okotoks, Conmore, High River, etc.) 1-877-652-4700
Calgary Counselling Centre (403) 265-4980
The Way In (403) 736-4677
Calgary Women’s Health Collective (403) 265-9590
Catholic Family Services (403) 233-2360
Distress Centre (24 hour) (403) 266-4357
Eastside Family Centre (403) 299-9699
Foothills Community Counselling (High River) (403) 603-3549
Jewish Family Service (403) 287-3510
 

Crisis Support Services

Distress Centre Calgary - Crisis Line 24 hours/day – 7 days a week
Provides crisis intervention as well as information and referral services through four core programs: crisis lines, 211, professional counselling and public education.

(403) 266-4357
info@distresscentre.ab.ca
www.distresscentre.com

Mental Health Help Line - Alberta Mental Health - Crisis Line 24 hours/day – 7 days a week
Provides crisis intervention, information on Mental Health programs and services and referrals to other agencies.

Toll-free 1-877-303-2642
info@amhb.ab.ca
www.albertahealthservices.ca/services.asp?pid=service&rid=6810

Mobile Response Team

The Mobile Response Team (MRT) is an outreach team of nurses, social workers and psychologists available to the general public to assist during times of crisis or distress. The team works in close contact with the Distress Centre, city hospitals, Calgary Police Service and current supports including counsellors, doctors and psychiatrists to provide services to individuals and families living in the Calgary Health Region. The team provides crisis prevention, urgent psychiatric assessment, crisis intervention and crisis follow-up.

Access via Distress Centre Calgary by calling (403) 266-4357
mobileresponse.team@albertahealthservices.ca
www.albertahealthservices.ca/services.asp?pid=service&rid=432

 

Healh Link and Dementia Advice Line

 

Health Link is a 24/7 advice line where you can connect quickly and easliy with a Registered Nurse. They will ask you questions, assess symptoms, and determine the best care for you.

 

Part of Health Link is a Dementia Advice Team which is comprised of Registered Nurses who can suggest strategies to help manage dementia-related challenges, recommend supports and assistance, and provide self-care tips for caregivers.

 

Dial 811 or Canada-wide toll-free at 1-866-408-5465

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/link/index.html

 

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