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The video shown above is a tribute to one of our many amazing Friend & Family Support 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.

Friend & Family Support Groups

Caring for a loved one can be isolating and overwhelming, but you are not alone!
Join a Friend & Family Support 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.



Walk n' Talk

Wellness means supporting the mind, body and spirit! Walking can have many benefits, including improved mood, better sleep, maintaining strength and balance, maintenance of motor skills, influencing alertness and recall, promoting healthy coping behaviors, and enhanced interpersonal skills. Open to individuals with dementia as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. Check with your doctor first about any exercise regimen.

Upcoming Walks:
4th Friday of each month, 11:00am - 12:00pm at Lake Murray

More Info: Please contact Shannon Novosel at 858.966.3292 or snovosel@alz.org
*Walks will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. In the case of rain or excessive heat, please call Shannon to confirm.

CLICK HERE to download a flyer>>

Early Stage Memory Loss Groups

Take Charge! Early Memory Loss Program is a 8-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.

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 Friend & Family 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 Friend & Family 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:

Alzheimer's Association: 6633 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:00am – 4:00pm
Registration Fee: $25
6 BBS CEUs: additional $20
*Includes manual plus light breakfast and snacks

For more information about the Support Group Facilitator training, please contact Rebecca McDaniel, MSW at 858.966.3303 or rmcdaniel@alz.org

Student Observation Policy

As a courtesy to our support group participants, we strongly discourage observation by students. If you are interested in observing, please contact Rebecca McDaniel, MSW at 858.966.3303 or rmcdaniel@alz.org


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