Support Groups

A caregiver support group can act as a positive outlet providing caregivers a regular time for social interaction outside of the home. The groups offer a safe place where any negative emotions about caregiving can be expressed and validated (like anger, frustration and grief), helping participants feel like they are NOT alone. Support groups also help caregivers maintain balance by doing something for themselves instead of always caring for their loved one.

Caregivers can gather ideas on how others deal with common challenges of caring for a loved one during each of the stages of dementia, and have the opportunity to help others who are new to caregiving by offering tips on what has and hasn’t worked well for them. In addition, many groups offer an educational component with expert advice on caregiving topics.

  • Do you need caregiving resources for your area?
  • Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed?
  • Are you depressed? Tired? Rundown?
  • Would you like to have additional caregiving coping strategies?
  • Would you like to have the support of other caregivers who “understand” caregiving?
  • Do you want a support system?
  • Have you ever wanted someone to be there for you?
  • Would you like to acquire more education from other caregivers?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’d like to encourage you to attend one of the support groups in your community.

  • Consider how often the group meets. Bi-monthly or monthly?
  • What time of day is convenient for you? Daytime or evening?
  • Is the location of the group easily accessible for you?
  • What kind of group is it? Caregivers, individuals with dementia, male only, etc.?
  • Is the group for support or education, or a combination of both?
  • What is the size of the group?

We are committed to offering local support groups throughout the state of North Carolina so location is never a factor hindering a caregiver from attending a group session. If you are searching for a local support group, simply click on your county below to access our current list. Contact information and schedules for groups in your area will pop up. And please contact us directly at (919) 832-3732 for more information or to speak to one of our CARE Navigators about additional resources for caregivers in North Carolina.

Due to the pandemic, many of our support groups have transitioned to online Zoom meetings or conference calls. Please contact a facilitator in your county if you are interested in joining their online support group. Look for (virtual via Zoom) listings below

Not Familiar with Zoom Meetings? Check on these flyers on:

Senior Planet and AARP host free webinars on how to use Zoom. Check out their Facebook page for a schedule

Support group facilitator trainings are held several times a year. Check our our events calendar for more information


Click on your county below to access our current list.

FTD Caregivers

Burlington 3rd Tues 6:00 PM 919-632-8083 Kathy LaFone

(Via Conference Call)

4th Mon 5:30 PM 252-974-1837 Tamyra Jovel
(Via Conference Call)
4th Tues 5:30PM 252-974-1837 Tamyra Jovel
Brunswick Leland 3rd Tues 5:00 PM 910 859-4607 Ann LaReau
Leland 1st & 3rd Tues 10:00 AM 516-510-8925 Eileen Scanlon
Leland 2nd & 4th Thurs 10:00 AM 516-510-8925 Eileen Scanlon
Via Zoom Shallotte 2nd Tues 10:00 AM 910-754-2300 Laura Collins
Via Zoom Sunset Beach 2nd Tues 1:00 PM 910-579-1005 Judy Rochlage
Supply 2nd Thurs 2:00 PM 910-754-7604 Melissa Starr
Southport 3rd Wed 1:00 PM 513-317-5231 Barbara Grever
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Tues 1:00 PM 828-230-4143 Mary Donnelly
Black Mountain
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Tues 9:30 AM 828-230-4143 Mary Donnelly
Early Stage for individuals
Black Mountain
2nd Tues 9:30 AM 828-301-0529 Mel Kelley
(Virtual Via Zoom)
4th Tues 1:00 PM 828-301-0740 Pat Hilgendorf
(Virtual Via Zoom)
1st Wed 12:15 PM 704-886-0840 Amanda Buck
(Virtual Via Zoom)
1st Wednesday 1:00 PM 828-758-2883 April Austin
Morehead City Weekly 1:00 PM 252-241-2201 Pat Wesson
Cape Carteret 1st & 3rd Tues 1:30 PM 252-393-3243 Joyce Manley
Chatham In person Pittsboro 3rd Mon 6:00 PM 919-542-4512 Susan Hardy
Via Google Pittsboro 4th Mon 6:00 PM 919-542-4512 Susan Hardy
New Bern 1st Wed 1:00 PM 252-636-0831 Nancy Willett
New Bern 2nd Mon 3:30 PM 252-638-1790 Please call Craven County Senior Services if interested at 252-638-1790
Fayetteville 3rd Tues 2:00 PM 910-615-1633 Sam Hutchison
Fayetteville 3rd Thurs 12:30 PM 910-323-4191×23 Carla Smith
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Tues 5:00 PM 910-484-0111×242 Lisa Hughes
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Wed 11:30 AM 910-484-0111×242 Lisa Hughes
Kitty Hawk 3rd Thurs 1:00 PM 252-480-3354 Gail Sonnesso
Kill Devil Hills 2nd Tues 2:30 PM 908-642-7828 Anne Kelleher
(Virtual Via Zoom)
Every Tues 10:00AM 336-753-6233 Kelly Sloan
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Wed 2:00 PM 336-249-2155 Catherine Pyle
Thomasville 1st Thur 1:00 PM 336-474-3624 Bob Symanski
Kenansville 1st Tues 6:00 PM 910-296-2140 Melisa Brown
(Virtual Via Zoom)
Last Thurs 6:30 PM 919-660-7542 Natalie Leary
Dtrs & Dtrs-in-law
(Virtual Via Zoom)
Last Wed 12:00PM 919-660-7509 Bobbi Matchar
(Virtual Via Zoom)
4th Tues 10:30 AM 919-660-7509 Bobbi Matchar
Tarboro 2nd Tues 1:00 PM 252-234-5984 Ashleigh Glover
FTD Caregivers
2nd Mon 7:00PM 336-399-6968 Rona Klein
Winston-Salem Every Wed 11:00 AM 336-724-2155 Sharon Welborn
Winston-Salem Every Fri 12:15 PM 336-724-2155 Sharon Welborn
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Mon 7:00 PM 919-496-1131 Wendy Hunter
Oxford 1st Wed 12:00 PM 919-690-3237 Gail Barnes-Hall
Snow Hill
(Virtual Via Zoom)
4th Wed 2:00 PM 252-747-5436 Sharon Harrison
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Tues 1:00 PM 336-545-4245 Jodi Kolada
(Virtual Via Zoom)
Last Tues 6:00 PM 336-545-4245 Jodi Kolada
Enfield 2nd Wed 12:30 PM 252-234-5984 Ashleigh Glover
Roanoke Rapids 3rd Wed 12:30 PM 252-234-5984 Ashleigh Glover
Scotland Neck 4th Tues 12:30 PM 252-234-5984 Ashleigh Glover
Lillington 3rd Thurs 11:00AM 910-814-6075 Latorius Adams
Waynesville 4th Tues 5:30 PM 828-926-0018 Marian Badgley
(Virtual Via Zoom)
1st Tues 1:00 PM 828-301-0740 Pat Hilgendorf
Hendersonville 3rd Tues 1:30 PM 828-696-9799 Lisa Kauffman
(Virtual Via Zoom)
4th Tues 11:00AM 252-974-1837 Tamyra Jovel
FTD Caregivers
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Monday 10:30 AM 704-442-5594 Charles Elligson
Johnston Clayton 4th Thurs 6:00 PM 919-934-6066 Irvin Belt
Via Zoom Smithfield 3rd Tues 5:30 PM 704-677-2159 Robyn Myers
Via Zoom Smithfield 4th Thurs 1:30 PM 919-934-6066 Irvin Belt
(Virtual Via Zoom)
1st/3rd Thurs 1:00PM 919-776-0501 x2230 Holly Hight
Kinston 1st Tues 6:00 PM 252-361-1750 Amanda Haddock
(Via Conference Call)
2nd Mon 11:00 AM 252-974-1837 Tamyra Jovel
FTD Caregivers
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Sunday 3:00PM 704-442-5594 Charles Elligson
(Virtual Via Zoom)
1st Tues 11:00 AM 910-695-0011 Robin Hutchings  

Contact Robin Hutchings for Zoom Link

Nashville 3rd Tues 3:00 PM 252-459-1691 Wendy Perry
Bailey 2nd Tues 3:00 PM 252-459-1691 Wendy Perry
Rocky Mount 3rd Wed 10:30 AM 252-443-3999 Dawana Walston
(Virtual Via Zoom)
1st Tues 12:00 PM 910-395-4553×204 Holly Pilson
Early Stage Individual/Caregiver
3rd Wed 10:00AM 910-798-6445 Andrew Zeldin
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Mon 11:45 AM 910-392-6899 Holly Hines
Wilmington 2nd Thurs 10:30 AM 910-796-7955 Candy Lee
(Virtual Via Zoom)
4th Mon 5:30 PM 336-558-6539 Carol Wise
(Virtual Via Zoom)
4th Thurs 1:00 PM 336-558-6539 Carol Wise
Creative Outlet for Caregivers
2nd Tues 1:00 PM 910-798-6435 Becky Hayes
Jackson 3rd Thurs 11:00 AM 252-534-1012 Rebecca Stapleton
Provides Adult Daycare Services
2nd Tues 2:00 PM 910-989-3007 Charmony Clark
Chapel Hill
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd/4th Fri 10:30AM 919-245-4253 Kim Lamon-Laperfido
Chapel Hill
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Wed 12:00 PM 919-967-7570 Paul Klever
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd & 4th Thurs 1:00 PM 919-245-4278 Kendall Kopchick
Bayboro 1st &  3rd Mon 2:00 PM 252-745-7196 Violet Ollison
Roxboro 4th Thurs 6:00 PM 336-599-7484 Maynell Harper
Roxboro 2nd Wed 5:30 PM 336-599-7484 Maynell Harper
(In person, socially distanced)
2nd Mon 1:00 PM 252-404-7090 Lynne Raisor
Greenville 4th Tues 6:00 PM 252-414-3230 Amanda Biggs
Greenville 3rd Wed 6:00 PM 252-830-8944 Arlene Williams
Greenville 3rd Tues 10:00 AM 252-355-5677 Malcolm Smith
Pembroke 1st Tues 5:00 PM 910-775-9779 Stephanie Powers
(In Person and Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Mon 1:30 PM 336-347-2366 Rachel Pennington
Salisbury 4th Thurs 5:30 PM 704-603-2778 Teresa Dakins
Clinton 2nd Tues 2:00 PM 910-592-4653 Angela Faircloth
Albemarle 1st Fri 10:00AM 704-986-3769 Aleshia Holland
Henderson Every 2nd Fri 12:00 PM 252-436-2040 Nancy Francis
Wake Via Zoom Apex 4th Thurs 7:00 PM 919-319-1294 Peggy Kline
Online Apex 2nd Thurs 10:30 AM 919-303-9990 Tonya Headen-Lee
Via Zoom Cary 3rd Mon 7:00 PM 919-630-9232 Lou Paules  
Cary 3rd Thurs 10:00 AM 919-961-6589 Kathy Montero
Via Zoom Cary 3rd Tues 10:30 AM 919-447-4494 Mary Arthur
Via Zoom Cary 2nd Mon 12:00PM 919-410-3149 Nancy Stolfo-Corti
Via Zoom Cary 3rd Thurs 7:00 PM 919-460-5959 Lynn Bailey
Cary 4th Mon 6:30 PM 919-460-7330 LaQuita Dunn
Fuquay Varina 1st Tues 6:30 PM 919-210-7525 Kathy Seawell
Garner 3rd Thurs 6:30 PM 919-302-3651 Donna Gould 
Knightdale 1st Wed 7:00 PM 919-815-8128 Jennifer Dewberry Taylor
Anson Way 2nd Mon 10:00 AM 919-832-3732 Dee Dee Harris
Lewy Body Dementia
Lake Boone Tr.
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd Thurs 10:00 AM 919-616-2776 Loree Idol
FTD Caregivers
Lake Boone Tr.
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Tues 7:00 PM 919-538-4827 Paul Lester
919-946-0876 Chad Thomsen
Newton Rd.
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Mon 6:00 PM 919-848-0303 Rachel Strauss
Leesville Road
(Virtual Via Zoom)
1st Wed 1:00 PM 937-478-9537 Linda Tucker
Leesville Road
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Wed 7:00 PM 919-215-2331 Lynne Carpenter
New Hope Rd 3rd Tues 12:30 PM 919-250-0255 Sandra Taranto
Kidd Road 3rd Thurs 6:00 PM 919-208-1667 Lisa Lawson
Old Wake Forest 2nd Tues 7:30 PM 919-876-6316 Lakeshia Bell
W. Edenton St.
(Virtual Via Zoom)
2nd & 4th Wed 3:30PM 919-612-6088 Diane Amidon
Caregiver Class/Support
Wake Forest
(Virtual Via Zoom)
3rd Wed 10:00 AM 828-429-7905 Pat Synder
Plymouth 1st Thurs 5:30 PM 252-793-3816 Vanessa Joyner
Wilson 2nd Thurs 11:00 AM 252-234-5984 Ashleigh Glover
Wilson 4th Thurs 6:00 PM 252-237-9050 Ginger Jones
Wilson 3rd Tues 11:00 AM 252-243-2773 Janelle Clevinger