Support groups, especially for those with loved ones who have dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other forms of memory loss offer education, information and friendships. Having a personal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or having a loved one diagnosed is a lonely feeling. The knowledge that it isn’t going to get better, only progress is frightening. Individuals and family members dealing with these types of diseases need a great deal of support, compassion and empathy. It’s like a receiving a cancer diagnosis, except there will never be a cure and the hope for recovery is non-existent.