Support & Discussion Groups

Alzheimer’s San Diego provides free Support & Discussion Groups across San Diego County, in English, Spanish and Korean. These groups can be a lifeline for many families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. They allow them to connect with other people going through the same daily struggles – and to learn from each other’s experiences. Each meeting is kept small, with usually no more than 15 people. During this time, caregivers will learn coping techniques for everyday situations, resources to take advantage of and what to expect throughout the progression of the disease in a compassionate and safe environment.

We encourage you to verify any group’s meeting date and time. Please call 858.492.4400 and ask to speak to a social worker.
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Support & Discussion Group Calendar

Dec
7
Sat
La Mesa, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Support & Discussion Group @ St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
La Mesa, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Support & Discussion Group @ St. Luke's Lutheran Church | La Mesa | California | United States

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 9:30 AM-11 AM. The leader of this group is Ellen Boucher, BSW. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Chula Vista at Saint Paul’s, Support & Discussion Group @ St. Paul's Plaza
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Chula Vista at Saint Paul's, Support & Discussion Group @ St. Paul's Plaza | Chula Vista | California | United States

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 1 PM-2:30 PM. The leader of this group is Ellen Boucher. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
9
Mon
Escondido Park Avenue Community Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Park Avenue Community Center
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Escondido Park Avenue Community Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Park Avenue Community Center | Escondido | California | United States

This group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 10 AM-11:30 AM in Room #4. The leader of this group is Sheila Argeanton, CDT. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
10
Tue
San Marcos Senior Activity Center, Support & Discussion Group @ San Marcos Senior Activity Center
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
San Marcos Senior Activity Center, Support & Discussion Group @ San Marcos Senior Activity Center | San Marcos | California | United States

This group meets every Tuesday from 10 AM-12 PM. The leader of this group is Lynne Smith, and she can be reached at 760-212-1224. Before joining, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm the details of the groups’ meeting and get your questions answered. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Carlsbad ActivCare at Bressi Ranch, Support & Discussion Group @ ActivCare at Bressi Ranch
Dec 10 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Carlsbad ActivCare at Bressi Ranch, Support & Discussion Group @ ActivCare at Bressi Ranch | Carlsbad | California | United States

This group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:30 AM-12 PM. The group leader is Catherine Lombardi. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

San Ysidro (español), Grupo de Apoyo @ Casa Familiar
Dec 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
San Ysidro (español), Grupo de Apoyo @ Casa Familiar | San Diego | California | United States

Grupo de apoyo cuarto todos los Martes 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Lider: Ana Chiquete, 619-428-1115

Asistir un Grupo de Apoyo y Discusión puede ser una de las mejores fuentes de apoyo. Le pueden brindar un ambiente seguro para discutir sus experiencias como cuidador, aprender estrategias para hacerle frente a su estado de ánimo y obtener apoyo emocional. Los grupos varían en tamaño desde 5 a 15 personas. La sensación general de cada grupo puede variar y los temas de conversación pueden cambiar a medida que surjen las necesidades y las experiencias compartidas. Cada líder de grupo tiene su propio estilo único en como conducen su grupo. Le animamos a asistir a un grupo al menos 2 o 3 veces para experimentar sus beneficios.

 

Rancho Bernardo San Rafael Parish, Support & Discussion Group @ San Rafael Parish
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Rancho Bernardo San Rafael Parish, Support & Discussion Group @ San Rafael Parish | San Diego | California | United States

This group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1 PM-2:30 PM in the main office, on the second floor in Room G of the San Rafael Parish. The group leader is Arlene Cawthorne. Respite is available at this group at no cost. Respite allows you to bring the person with memory loss, enabling you both to get out of the house and find support and socialization. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Scripps Ranch Community Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Scripps Ranch Community Center
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Scripps Ranch Community Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Scripps Ranch Community Center | San Diego | California | United States

This support group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Center. The group leader is Sheri Stoddard. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
11
Wed
Encinitas George G. Alzheimer Family Center, Support & Discussion Group @ George G. Alzheimer's Family Centers
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Encinitas George G. Alzheimer Family Center, Support & Discussion Group @ George G. Alzheimer's Family Centers | Encinitas | California | United States

This group meets every Wednesday from 1o AM-12 PM. The leader of this group is Sheila Argeanton, CDT. Respite is available at this group at no cost. Respite allows you to bring the person with memory loss, enabling you both to get out of the house and find support and socialization. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Mens Caregiver, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mens Caregiver, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego | San Diego | California | United States
This group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 10 AM-12 PM and is designed for men caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. The leaders of this group are Sarina Barker, MSW and Larry Hamon. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.  
Poway Adult Day Health Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Poway Adult Day Health Care Center
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Poway Adult Day Health Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Poway Adult Day Health Care Center | Poway | California | United States

This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10 AM-11:30 AM. The leader of this group is Clarissa Hopwood, MSW.  Respite is available at this group at no cost. Respite allows you to bring the person with memory loss, enabling you both to get out of the house and find support and socialization.  Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Alzheimer’s San Diego, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego
Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Alzheimer's San Diego, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego | San Diego | California | United States

*With the UCSD Shiley Marcos ADRC

This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 2 PM-3:30 PM. This group leader is Tracey Truscott, LCSW. She can be reached at 858-822-4800. Before joining, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm the details of the groups’ meeting and get your questions answered. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Fallbrook United Methodist Church, Support & Discussion Group @ United Methodist Church
Dec 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Fallbrook United Methodist Church, Support & Discussion Group @ United Methodist Church | Fallbrook | California | United States

This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4:30 PM-6 PM and is held in Room #6. The leader of this group is Vickie Lewis. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Adult Children Caregivers, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Adult Children Caregivers, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego | San Diego | California | United States

This group meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 PM-7:30 PM and is designed for caregivers who are adult children caring for a parent. The group is lead by Cassie Deacon, MSW and Preston Stocking, MSW. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
12
Thu
Vista Gardens, Support & Discussion Group @ Vista Gardens Memory Care
Dec 12 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Vista Gardens, Support & Discussion Group @ Vista Gardens Memory Care | Vista | California | United States

This group meets every Thursday from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM. The leaders of this group are Sandy Braff, MFT and Carol Genson.  Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
14
Sat
Alzheimer’s San Diego, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Alzheimer's San Diego, Support & Discussion Group @ Alzheimer's San Diego | San Diego | California | United States

This group meets every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 AM- 11:30 AM. The group leader is Diana Macis, MSW. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
15
Sun
Escondido Emmanuel Faith, Support & Discussion Group @ Emmanuel Faith Church
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Escondido Emmanuel Faith, Support & Discussion Group @ Emmanuel Faith Church | Escondido | California | United States

This caregiver support group usually meets on the 4th Sunday of every month but due to the Thanksgiving holiday will be held on the 3rd Sunday of November from 1:00 PM -2:30 PM at Emmanuel Faith Community Church and is faith-based. The leaders of the group are Wanda Smith and Rebecca Geary. Before joining, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm the details of the groups’ meeting and get your questions answered. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
16
Mon
Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center
Dec 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center | San Diego | California | United States

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 11 AM-12:30 PM. Respite is available at this group at no cost. Respite allows you as the caregiver to bring your person whom is experiencing memory loss, enabling you and s/he to get out of the house and find support and socialization. The leader of this group is Lesley Alexander, MSW.  Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

Dec
17
Tue
San Carlos United Methodist Church, Support & Discussion Group @ San Carlos United Methodist Church
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
San Carlos United Methodist Church, Support & Discussion Group @ San Carlos United Methodist Church | San Diego | California | United States

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10 AM-12 PM in the Fireside Room at San Carlos United Methodist Church. The group leader is Patti Gonzales. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

San Marcos Senior Activity Center, Support & Discussion Group @ San Marcos Senior Activity Center
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
San Marcos Senior Activity Center, Support & Discussion Group @ San Marcos Senior Activity Center | San Marcos | California | United States

This group meets every Tuesday from 10 AM-12 PM. The leader of this group is Lynne Smith, and she can be reached at 760-212-1224. Before joining, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm the details of the groups’ meeting and get your questions answered. Please call our main line at 858-492-4400 and ask to speak to a Social Worker to verify the groups’ meeting date and time.

What can I expect during a Support & Discussion Group?

A typical group starts with introductions and any updates or announcements. A group may then follow up with issues from the previous meeting, answer questions, provide educational information or allow an open format for discussion. Everyone interested in sharing or asking questions of the group will be able to do so.

Before joining a group, we highly recommend you call the support and discussion group leader. This gives you an opportunity to confirm the meeting, ask the leader questions, and to be sure the group is right for you.

Become a Support & Discussion Group Leader

Interested in becoming a Support & Discussion Group Leader?  Alzheimer’s San Diego provides training, materials and ongoing support for those interested in leading a support & discussion group in their community.  Download this flyer for more information, or call Rebecca McDaniel at 858.966.3303.

Observation Policy

To protect the integrity of our groups, no observation or presentations are permitted without approval. To discuss further, call the Support Group Coordinator Rebecca McDaniel, LCSW, at 858.966.3303.