CRESTVIEW — Alzheimer's Family Services provides support groups and educational opportunities for family members or friends coping with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. A support group starts at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 at Covenant Hospice, 370 W. Redstone Drive, Crestview. The support group is free and respite care is available. To register or for details, call 478-7790 or visit

Support groups are a means for caregivers and others interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease to exchange ideas, gather information and discuss their concerns with others who are dealing or have dealt with the same issues.

Alzheimer’s Family Services is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals and families in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties in Florida, as well as Escambia and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Its mission is to provide education and emotional support through a variety of services including: memory screens, support groups, tracking devices for wandering patients, respite, and counseling. AFS is an affiliate of Covenant Hospice.