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.  

Support & Discussion Group Calendar

Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Peninsula Shepherd Center
This group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 10 AM-11:30 AM. The leader of this group is Colleen Cook, MSW. Before joining, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm[...]
Oct 17 @ 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, we highly recommend that you[...]
Oct 17 @ 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 in the Executive Board Room at Tri-City Wellness Center. The group leader is Lynne Smith. Before joining, we highly recommend[...]
Oct 19 @ 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, we highly recommend[...]
Oct 19 @ 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, we highly recommend[...]
Oct 21 @ 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[...]
Oct 22 @ 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, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm[...]
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm ActivCare at Bressi Ranch
This group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 10:30 AM-12 PM. The group leader is Catherine Lombardi. Before joining, we highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm the details of[...]
Oct 22 @ 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[...]
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm San Rafael Parish
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, and she can[...]
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Scripps Ranch Community Center
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. Before joining, we highly recommend[...]
Oct 23 @ 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.[...]
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Alzheimer's San Diego
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[...]
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Alzheimer's San Diego
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,[...]
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Faith Bible Fellowship Church
This group meets on the 4th Thursday of every month from 10 AM- 11:30 AM at Faith Bible Fellowship Church.  The leader of this group is Lynne Smith, and she can be reached at 760-212-1224.[...]
Oct 24 @ 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, we highly recommend that you[...]
Oct 26 @ 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, we highly recommend that[...]
Oct 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 leaders of the group are Wanda Smith and Rebecca Geary.[...]
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Park Avenue Community Center
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 and she can be reached at 760-635-1895. Before[...]
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Bayview Baptist Church
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, and she can be reached[...]

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

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.