Younger-Onset Education & Support Group

Are you living with a younger onset (under age 65) diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease?

This monthly support group for persons under the age 65 living with a form of dementia in the early stage and their family members. The therapeutic and peer-support group is professionally facilitated and may include discussions about the impact of the diagnosis on you and your family, coping with changing abilities, improving communication skills, finding meaningful activity, and planning for the future. You will have access to up-to-date information about treatment and research advances and available community resources.

Group Sessions Provide  

Group Members

Early stage Alzheimer’s disease patients are invited to participate in the patient support group. Patient participants must have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related illness and must have been diagnosed at the age of 65 or younger, and must be able to participate and feel comfortable in a group setting.

Family caregivers including spouses/partners, adult children, and other family members are invited to join the caregiver support group. Both groups meet at the same time in nearby rooms. 

Meeting Location

This group meets at the Northwestern Campus in Chicago, IL. Details of specific meeting location are made available after a new member screening is complete. Please contact Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW at 312-908-9432 to set up a screening meeting.

Meeting Times

Meetings occur on the second Monday of each month. A new member screening is required to participate. Please contact Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW at 312-908-9432 to set up a screening meeting.


There is no fee to participate in this support group. Group participants can receive discounted parking if using the Northwestern Hospital parking garage (250 E. Huron Ave.)

For More Information

For more information please contact Darby Morhardt, PhD, LCSW, at or call 312-908-9432.


This program is supported by Rae and John Hernandez and the Glen and Glen & Wendy Miller Family Foundation. To learn how to support this or other CNADC support programs visit our donation page