Where the support groups are

Three nonprofit organizations run dementia support groups in the Tampa Bay area:

blue dot Alzheimer's Association -- Tampa Bay Chapter

(727) 578-2558, toll free 1-800-772-8672

Offers emergency respite care, one-on-one counseling, educational packets and nationwide "Safe Return" program for wanderers.

Relies on donations and needs volunteers to answer phones. Needs and will train support group facilitators with no experience.

Main office: 9365 U.S. 19 N, Suite B, Pinellas Park.

black dot The Alzheimer's Family Organization

(727) 845-6262, toll-free 1-888-496-8004

Primarily in Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties. Offers respite care and other services. Accepts donations and volunteers.

Main office: Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St., New Port Richey.

pink dot Neighborly Senior Services

(727) 540-0919

In Pinellas County, offers adult day care, respite care and many other services. Accepts donations and volunteers.

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