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The video shown above is a tribute to one of our many amazing Support & Discussion Group Facilitators, Sandy Braff.  We honored Sandy with the 2014 Reagan/Thal Award at our Memories in the Making Art Auction, for her inspiring 26 years of volunteer service as a Facilitator. We are so grateful to have such wonderful Facilitators who tirelessly work to ensure caregivers have a safe place to share, find support and encourage others facing similar hardships.

Caregiver Support & Discussion Groups

Caring for a loved one can be isolating and overwhelming, but you are not alone!
Join a Caregiver Support & Discussion Group today and:

- Build relationships and learn from other caregivers who understand what you are going through.

- Develop new coping strategies and healthy lifestyle practices for you and your loved one.

- Find comfort, strength and hope in a compassionate and safe environment, led by a trained group leader.

All Groups are FREE, located throughout San Diego County and are scheduled throughout the day and evening for your convenience.

CLICK HERE to download a flyer and learn more>>

CLICK HERE to download the Caregiver Support & Discussion Group Calendar PDF>>

CLICK HERE to view the online calendar via Calendarwiz.com>>



Walk n' Talk

The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with Walkabout International to provide “Walk ‘n Talk,” a monthly guided walking program.  Walks will meet at various locations around San Diego County and offer individuals living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and those caring for them to take a break, meet new people while enjoying some fresh air and exercise!

CLICK HERE to download a flyer>>

Upcoming Walks:
- Friday, June, 20th, 10:00am -11:00am - Coronado Bay & Ocean
- Thursday, July 17, 10:30am - 11:30am - San Diego River Park Trail
- Thursday, August 14, 10:30am - 11:30am - Liberty Station
- Tuesday, September 23, 9:30am - 10:30am - Balboa Park
 


Early Stage Memory Loss Groups

Take Charge! Early Memory Loss Program is a 7-week education and support program for individuals living with early stage Alzheimer's or a related dementia and their family or care partner.  At the completion of the “Take Charge!" Early Memory Loss Program, participants will have the opportunity to join our early memory loss continuation group to receive ongoing support as they navigate through the early stages of the disease. There is no charge to participate in the Take Charge program or the continuation support group.

CLICK HERE to download a flyer>>


Connect with others online

The Alzheimer's Association ALZConnected is an online community for persons with Alzheimer's, caregivers and care providers. ALZConnected message boards and chat rooms provide a safe place to share concerns and get advice.


Reiki: Healing Touch For Caregivers

Reiki is a natural Japanese healing method for stress reduction and relaxation. As a caregiver for an individual with Alzheimer’s or dementia it is important that you maintain your own health and wellness and find ways to successfully manage and reduce stress.

Reiki sessions are administered by a trained Reiki practitioner by gently laying their hands on energy points on your body in a calm and soothing environment.


FREE 30 minute Reiki sessions held monthly.
Alzheimer’s Association: 6632 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111

For more information and to schedule your session, please contact Jessica Empeno: 858.966.3305 or jempeno@alz.org

CLICK HERE to download a flyer>>



Become a Support Group Facilitator

Become a support group leader and help provide much needed emotional support, coping skills, education and resources to caregivers. 

The Alzheimer’s Association San Diego / Imperial Chapter is looking for facilitators and co-facilitators for our Caregiver Support Group Meetings.  These support groups are located throughout our County.  If you have professional or personal knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease or if you have been a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you may be qualified to help others by facilitating or co-facilitating a Caregiver Support Group.

Help us to create a community of strength and support for caregivers who are coping with the stressors that accompany living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. 

Upcoming Trainings:
Held at the Alzheimer's Association: 6633 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111

Friday, April 18th - 9:00am – 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $25
6 BBS CEUs: additional $20
Manual plus light breakfast and snacks provided 

Friday, Sept. 19th - 9:00am – 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $25
6 BBS CEUs: additional $20
Manual plus light breakfast and snacks provided
 
 *Registration required - If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a support group leader and how we train Support Group leaders, please contact Nicole Reich at 858-966-3293 or nreich@alz.org.

CLICK HERE to download a flyer>>


Student Observation Policy

As a courtesy to our support group participants, we strongly discourage observation by students. If you are interested in observing, please call Nicole Reich at 858.966.3293 
 


 

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