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We offer a variety of support groups for all individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, those with early-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, adult caregivers and others with specific needs.

>> Community Resource Finder (Find a support group)
>> Find an Early Stage Group
>> Learning Circles

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>> 800.272.3900 (24/7)
>> Early stage resources
>> Community resources 
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>> Caring for Alz 
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Calendar Listings

Search for a support group or education listing on our Community Resource Finder here or select the closest area to where you live below for a pdf version.  Click here for a list of Telephone Support Groups.

Please note that the Support Groups information is updated monthly and is subject to change.  Please call before attending to verify that your group is still meeting at the time, date and location listed.

Please select the area that is closest to you:

Bay Area
Counties serviced in this area include: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and Solano County

Chico
Counties serviced in this area include: Butte County and Shasta County

Fresno
Counties serviced in this area include: Fresno County and Tulare County

Monterey
Counties serviced in this area include: Monterey County

North Bay
Counties serviced in this area include: Marin County, Napa County and Sonoma County

Northern Nevada Area
Counties serviced in this area include: Carson City, El Dorado County, Douglas County, Humboldt County, Lyon County, Nevada County and Washoe County

Sacramento
Counties serviced in this area include: Amador County, El Dorado County, Placer County, Sacramento County, San Joquin County, Solano County, Stanislaus County and Yolo County

Santa Cruz
Counties serviced in this area include: San Benito County and Santa Cruz County

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Search our Community Resource Finder for support groups in your area.

    Caregiver Stories

David's Caregiver Story on YouTubeDavid Morley and his wife Bonny have been married for 47 years. After Bonny was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2008, David and Bonny found an Early Stage support group where they are able to share stories and learn from each other.

 

    >> Hear David discuss caregiving and support groups
    >> Read Bonny and David's story on our blog.

 

***Our Early Stage Support Group listings are below. Pease see the calendar for all other support group times and listings.

Early Stage Support Groups

Information

These groups are designed for persons with mild memory loss due to Early Stage Alzheimer’s or related disorder. Separate, concurrent groups for family members are available. Meet others in similar situations and share strategies for living with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder. Groups are led by compassionate, professional facilitators. Prescreening is required prior to enrollment and receiving group meeting details.

If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s, please contact Judy Filippoff, MSW, Director of Early Stage Programs at the Alzheimer’s Association at 1.800.272.3900.

Lafayette  

       

2 Early Stage Groups

2 Early Stage Younger Onset Groups (individuals diagnosed under age 65)

Groups located at the Alzheimer’s Association Office

Monterey  Early Stage Group.  For more information please call 1.831.647.9890
Redwood City

Memory Enhancement and 
Early Stage Support Group

San Jose

Early Stage Group

Early Stage Younger Onset Group (individuals diagnosed under age 65)

Groups located at the Alzheimer's Association Office

Sacramento Early Stage Support Group
Alzheimer's Association Office
Please call Alexandra Weisgerber at 1.800.272.3900
San Francisco

Early Stage Groups located at:
Institute on Aging and California Pacific Medical Center

Early Stage Younger Onset Group (individuals diagnosed under age 65) located at: UCSF

San Rafael Early Stage Group 
Alzheimer’s Association Office 
For information, please call 1.800.272.3900
Santa Rosa

Early Stage Group
Alzheimer's Association Office
For information, please call 1.800.272.3900

Santa Cruz Early Stage Group
For information, please call 1.800.272.3900 or 831.464.9982

Telephone Support Groups

  Dementia Caregiver Group
4th Monday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Facilitator: David Hahklotubbe
To register: Heather Gray, 1.800.272.3900
  Frontal Temporal Dementia Adult Children Group
3rd Wednesday, Early Evening
To register: Jamie C. Fong 1.415.476.8613
  Spanish Speaking Dementia Caregiver Group
3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30p.m.
To register: Alexandra Weisgerber at 1.800.272.3900
 

Early Stage Telephone Support Group
For persons with mild memory loss due to Early Stage Alzheimer's or related disorder.  Prescreening is required.
To register: Judy Filippoff at 1.800.272.3900

Younger Onset Patient or Caregiver Support Groups

Lafayette and San Jose Offices

San Jose

Early Stage, Younger Onset Group (individuals diagnosed under age 65 who are in the early stages) with concurrent group for a care partner.

Alzheimer's Association Office
Please call Judy Filippoff 1.800.272.3900

Lafayette

Early Stage, Younger Onset Group (individuals diagnosed under age 65 who are in the early stages) with concurrent group for a care partner.

Alzheimer's Association Office
Please call Judy Filippoff 1.800.272.3900

Berkeley Younger-Onset Family/Caregivers, Any Stage
3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 pm.
800 Hearst Avenue
Call 1.800.272.3900

Learning Circles

 

The Alzheimer’s Association offers Learning Circles, a program designed to help caregivers seeking additional support and knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease. Learning Circles meet monthly and are facilitated by Community Ambassadors who are trained leaders with experience providing care for someone with dementia.

Learning Circles cover a variety of topics, including: managing difficult behaviors, legal and financial issues, medication management and caregiver self-care. In addition, Learning Circles are designed to help the attendees develop and learn effective caregiving techniques that are specific to their culture and community. Currently we offer a Chinese Learning Circle.

Please visit our calendar to see when the next Learning Circles are scheduled. For more information about Learning Circles, or to become an Alzheimer’s Association Community Ambassador, call 1.800.272.3900.



 

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