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

Jan
25
Sat
Carmel Valley, Support & Discussion Group @ Carmel Valley Recreation Center
Jan 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Carmel Valley, Support & Discussion Group @ Carmel Valley Recreation Center | San Diego | California | United States

This caregiver support group meets the 4th Saturday of every month from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center. The leader of the group is Herb Liberman. Before joining, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm the details of the groups’ meeting and get your questions answered. Please contact the Support and Discussion Group Coordinator, Rebecca McDaniel, LCSW, at 858-966-3303 or rmcdaniel@alzsd.org.

Jan
26
Sun
Escondido Emmanuel Faith, Support & Discussion Group @ Emmanuel Faith Church
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Escondido Emmanuel Faith, Support & Discussion Group @ Emmanuel Faith Church | Escondido | California | United States

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.

Jan
27
Mon
Escondido Park Avenue Community Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Park Avenue Community Center
Jan 27 @ 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.

Encanto Bayview Baptist Church, Support & Discussion Group @ Bayview Baptist Church
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Encanto Bayview Baptist Church, Support & Discussion Group @ Bayview Baptist Church | San Diego | California | United States

This group meets on the 4th Monday of every month from 6 PM-7:30 PM in room #208 at Bayview Baptist Church. The leader of this group is Lottie Harris, RN. 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.

Jan
28
Tue
San Marcos Senior Activity Center, Support & Discussion Group @ San Marcos Senior Activity Center
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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
Jan 28 @ 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. 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
Jan 28 @ 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.

Jan
29
Wed
Encinitas George G. Alzheimer Family Center, Support & Discussion Group @ George G. Alzheimer's Family Centers
Jan 29 @ 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.

Jan
30
Thu
Vista Gardens, Support & Discussion Group @ Vista Gardens Memory Care
Jan 30 @ 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.

Feb
1
Sat
La Mesa, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Support & Discussion Group @ St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Feb 1 @ 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
Feb 1 @ 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.

Feb
3
Mon
Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center, Support & Discussion Group @ Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center
Feb 3 @ 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. 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.

Feb
4
Tue
San Carlos United Methodist Church, Support & Discussion Group @ San Carlos United Methodist Church
Feb 4 @ 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
Feb 4 @ 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.

San Ysidro (español), Grupo de Apoyo @ Casa Familiar
Feb 4 @ 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.

 

Grief and Bereavement Support Group @ San Rafael Parish
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Grief and Bereavement Support Group @ San Rafael Parish | San Diego | California | United States

This support group meets every 1st Tuesday of the month from 1:00 PM -2:30 PM at San Rafael Parish. It is for those seeking support after the person with memory loss has passed away. The group leader is Arlene Cawthorne. 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.

Oceanside, Support & Discussion Group @ Oceanside Country Club Senior Center
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Oceanside, Support & Discussion Group @ Oceanside Country Club Senior Center | Oceanside | California | United States

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1 PM-2:30 PM at the Oceanside Country Club Senior Center (it is held in the library). The group leader is Janet Hartshorne. 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.

 

La Mesa Herrick Community Library, Support & Discussion Group @ Herrick Community Health Library
Feb 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
La Mesa Herrick Community Library, Support & Discussion Group @ Herrick Community Health Library | La Mesa | California | United States

This group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM at the Herrick Community Library. The group leader 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.

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.