Support & Discussion Groups

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we are now offering virtual support & discussion groups! The virtual groups will be held using Zoom, and participation is free and easy. While a selection of our in-person groups are available now, we are working to move more online – your group leader will keep you updated throughout this process. If you have any questions or are interested in joining a group, please contact Rebecca McDaniel, LCSW, at rmcdaniel@alzsd.org.

Virtual Support & Discussion Groups

Adult Children Caregivers: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM

Men’s Support Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10 AM-12 PM

Alzheimer’s San Diego Caregiver Group: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 10 AM-12 PM

San Marcos Group: Every Tuesday, 10 AM-12 PM

Carlsbad Tri-City Group: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 4:30-6 PM

Rancho Bernardo Group: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 1-2:30 PM

Grief and Bereavement Group: 1st Tuesday, 1-2:30 PM

Santee Group: 4th Thursday, 10-11:30 AM

La Mesa St. Luke’s Group: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9:30 am- 11 am

Chula Vista Group: 1st & 3rd Saturdays, 1-2:30 PM

La Mesa Herrick Group: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 PM

About Zoom: Zoom is a simple online meeting program that will allow you to view and listen to the program from any computer with an internet connection. You will also be able to submit questions via an online chat function. You do not need to register or set up an account, but we do recommend logging on a few minutes early to download the required video launcher and test your audio connection. Click here for a short video about Zoom, and how to join a meeting. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 858.492.4400.

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.
Download the Group Directory

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.