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. There are also groups for people living with dementia, who are in the early stages of the disease.

Support & Discussion Groups are confidential, meaning anything you share within the group is held in confidence and will not be spoken about outside of the group. This confidentiality is broken only in cases of safety concerns where someone describes that they are at risk of harm to themselves or others. Find a calendar of Support & Discussion Groups below.

For more information, contact Rebecca McDaniel at 858.966.3303 or rmcdaniel@alzsd.org.  

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Support & Discussion Group Calendar

Apr 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am Carmel Valley Recreation Center
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 a group, we highly[...]
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Emmanuel Faith Church
This Caregiver Support Group meets the 4th Sunday of every month from 1:00 PM -2:30 PM at Emmanuel Faith Community Church, and is faith-based. The Leader of the group is Wanda Smith and Rebecca Geary[...]
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm San Marcos Senior Activity Center
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 a group, we highly recommend that you call the[...]
Apr 30 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am Casa Familiar
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[...]
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Alzheimer's San Diego
This group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10 AM-11:30 AM. The leader of this group is Carly Graber, MSW 858-966-3298. Before joining a group, we highly recommend that you call[...]
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm George G. Alzheimer's Family Centers
This group meets every Wednesday from 1o AM-12 PM. The leader of this group is Sheila Argeanton, CDT. She can be reached at 760-635-1895 or sargeanton@glenner.org. Respite is available at this group at no cost.[...]
May 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Alpine Community Center
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2 PM-3:30 PM. The group leader is Linda Cioffi, and she can be reached at 619-445-5291. Before joining a group, we highly recommend[...]
May 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Alzheimer's San Diego
This group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2 PM-3:30 PM. The leader of this group is Carly Graber, MSW 858-966-3298. This group is for those caring with someone with Lewy[...]
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Bellmont Village
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 PM-8 PM. The leader of this group is Debbie Salisbury, and she can be reached at 858-966-3303. Before joining a group, we[...]
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Coronado Public Library
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7 PM-8:30 PM. The group leaders are Gerry & Claudene Garmon, and they can be reached at 619-435-1468 or at ggarmon1@san.rr.com. Before joining[...]
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Peninsula Shepherd Center
This group meets every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 10 AM-11:30 AM. The leader of this group is Colleen Cook, MSW, and she can be reached at 858.966.3303. Before joining a group, we[...]
May 2 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Alzheimer's San Diego
This group meets every 1st Thursday of the month from 10:30 AM-12 PM. It is designed for caregivers whose loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and is under the age of 60. The[...]
May 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Vista Gardens Memory Care
This group meets every Thursday from 1:30 PM-3:30 PM. The leaders of this group are Sandy Braff, MFT and Carol Genson, and they can be reached at 858-792-4610. Before joining a group, we highly recommend[...]
May 2 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Alzheimer's San Diego
This group meets every 1st Thursday of the month from 3:30 PM-5 PM. The leaders of this group are Young Shin-Lee & Soon Chu, who can be reached at 619-635-3678. Before joining a group, we[...]
May 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center
This group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 4:30 PM-6 PM at Tri-City Wellness Center (in the Executive Board Room). The group leader is Lynne Smith. Before joining a group, we[...]
May 4 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am St. Luke's Lutheran Church
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, and she can be reached at 619-770-7145. Before joining a group, we[...]
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm St. Paul's Plaza
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, and she can be reached at 619-770-7145. Before joining a group, we[...]
May 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Balboa Avenue Older Adult Center
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[...]
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm San Carlos United Methodist Church
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 Before joining a group,[...]
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm San Marcos Senior Activity Center
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 a group, we highly recommend that you call the[...]

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.  The next training will be April 16, 2019. Download this flyer for more information, or call Rebecca McDaniel at 858.966.3303.

Observation Policy

We do not allow observation at any support and discussion group, as a courtesy to our group participants and in an attempt to provide them with a safe and confidential environment.