Support Groups

Dementia Education/Alzheimer’s Support Group
Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60% to 70% of cases of dementia. It is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets progressively worse over time. Short-term memory loss is the the most common early symptom. As the disease progresses, the person is subject to experience the following symptoms: language and speech impediment, disorientation (including wandering and getting lost), sudden shifts in mood swings, lack of motivation and drive, decline in self care, and unusual behavior trends. As a person's condition declines, she or he typically begins to secluded themselves and withdraws from family and society. Over time, motor skills and bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. The speed of progression can vary, from one individual to the next. The average life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years. The effects of this condition can be devastating to the individual, as well as the family, therefore extra professional support is recommended.

This Support Group provides those involved the opportunity to meet with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, and to get answers to questions about Alzheimer’s disease and all other forms of dementia. The group is open, friendly and informal.  For more information call Lesia Henderson at (910) 592-4653, Monday and Tuesday from 8 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 8 am to 12 pm.

The group meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Sampson County Department of Aging at 2:00 pm.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
With each passing year statistics reveal that more and more grandparents are becoming primary caretakers of their grandchildren. With this role comes responsibilities of which can be overwhelming without the assistance of others and a support system.

This Support Group provides the grandparents the opportunity to meet with other grandparents to share experiences, learn new skills, and to find resources to help you and your grandchildren. For more information call Lesia Henderson at (910) 592-4653, Monday and Tuesday from 8 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 8 am to 12 pm.

The group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am at the the Sampson County Department of Aging Office and every 3rd Monday at the Garland Senior Center at 12:30 pm.


Family Caregiver Support Group
Meet with other caregivers to share experiences, learn new skills, find resources, and to learn more information about long-term disabilities. The group will be open, friendly and informal. For more information call Lesia Henderson at (910) 592-4653, Monday and Tuesday from 8 am to 5 pm and Wednesday from 8 am to 12 pm.