Dementia and caregiving community


Caregivers need care! And they need support and companionship from people who are walking the same road.

On this page we will add listings of social and support groups for people with dementia and their caregivers.

If you know of additional social and support groups in the dementia and caregiving community, please let us know on the form at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

So far we have listings for:

Alzheimer’s Association support groups
Gathering Fellowship Respite Care


Alzheimer’s Association support groups

The Alzheimer’s Association hosts three in-person support groups in Waco.

The Gathering Fellowship meets on the first Tuesday morning of each month at 10:45, at 1st Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue, in downtown Waco. This group includes respite care.

The Heart of Waco support group meets on the second Monday evening of each month at 6:00, at the Boy Scouts of America, 300 Lake Air Drive.

The PWAT support group meets on the third Wednesday morning of each month at 10:30, at Painting with a Twist, 1621 N. Valley Mills Drive.

For more information about these groups, call the Alzheimer’s Association at 254-232-4449.


Gathering Fellowship Respite Care

Respite care is available during the Alzheimer’s Association’s free Gathering Fellowship caregiver support group on the first Tuesday morning of each month at First Methodist Church, 1300 Austin Avenue in downtown Waco.

Respite care participants arrive by 10:30. During the support group loved ones with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other types of dementia enjoy conversation, exercise, crafts, and outside entertainment with Gathering Fellowship volunteers. After the support group, caregivers and loved ones with dementia have lunch and play bingo together. Respite care ends at 1:30. To participate, the person with dementia must be living at home (not at a care facility) and must be able to eat and use the toilet independently.

For more information, contact Dianne Bates at 254-723-5733.

Help us keep these listings up to date! Please use the form below to send us corrections, updates, or suggestions about additional social and support groups to list.