At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the facilities where we met for our Lewy body dementia (LBD) support groups closed. Our Rinne LBD Initiative team and support group members quickly adjusted to holding these support group meetings virtually. While this has been a wonderful way to remain connected over the past two years, we know that in-person meetings offer community and support that is difficult to replicate in the virtual setting.
After two years of meeting in a virtual format, we are excited to announce that our in-person support groups resumed in April. We offer in-person groups in Ann Arbor, Lansing, Harbor Springs, and Boyne City.
Due to our continued growth, and the expanded reach we experienced from meeting virtually, we are also excited to announce our support group expansion to Grand Rapids. Our hope with this expansion is to meet the needs of those living with LBD on the west side of the state who don’t currently have an in-person meeting close to home.
We hope this effort will continue to expand our reach of dementia support and complement our mission of the Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative. This aligns with our goals to provide education, support, and research opportunities across the state, and we hope this fosters a closer, ongoing relationship with residents and aging organizations in the Grand Rapids area. More details will follow on this exciting expansion.
To hear more about these updates as they develop, consider subscribing to our Rinne LBD Initiative e-newsletter in the Education and Outreach tab.
Are you interested in joining one of our current support groups? Visit the Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative tab for support group dates and locations.