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Alzheimer's Association support groups provide caregivers and others affected by the disease the opportunity to exchange information and develop methods and skills to solve problems.

Our support groups are currently being held in both virtual and in-person formats. Click below to view our schedule for this month. 

Monthly Support Group Schedule

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To sign up for a group, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or contact your local office to see which group might be the best fit for you.

Not sure which group is right for you? Take a look at our flowchart to help you find the group that fits your needs.
 

Limited Series Group for Teens & Young Adults

RSVP at bit.ly/alzteens
or contact Kathryn Cherkas | kccherkas@alz.org

This group is specially designed for teens and young adults who are facing dementia in a loved one and want to learn more about Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Share your experiences with other young people who get it. Make connections with other young people in similar situations. Learn about ways to use humor, health and heart in caring for others (and yourself!)

Click here for a printable flyer!
 

Bereavement Support Group

2nd Tuesday | 7 - 8pm

Contact Jordana Lawrence for more information: jolawrence@alz.org | 805.261.2189

Grieving for a loved one with dementia often begins long before the person passes away. It's a unique mourning process that not everyone has experienced or understands.

Many people have complex feelings of guilt, relief, shock, numbness, anger or resentment. All of these feelings are normal and can be discussed with other members of your community who are facing similar challenges in the safe space created in an Alzheimer's Association support group.

Caregiver Support Groups

The best thing a caregiver can do for their loved one is stay healthy - physically and emotionally. The best way to do that is to build a support system with people who understand. Our Support Groups offer a safe space for caregivers to share their experiences, struggles and successes with other caregivers. Each group is facilitated by a trained volunteer - many of whom are former caregivers themselves.

Our Support Groups are open to all nonprofessional caregivers of people with any form of dementia. We also offer specialty groups for those caring for a spouse, parent or a person with younger-onset dementia. 
 

Early Stage Support Groups

Being diagnosed with dementia can be overwhelming and many feel that they are facing the disease alone. Our Early Stage Support Groups are here to help those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), early stage Alzheimer's disease or mild dementia and their care partners connect with others who are facing similar challenges. 

Pre-screening is required before being enrolled in these groups. Contact your local office for more information:
 

Santa Barbara County
Kathryn Cherkas | kccherkas@alz.org | 805.617.0249

San Luis Obispo County
Laura DeLoye | ladeloye@alz.org | 805.342.0956

Ventura County
Jordana Lawrence | jolawrence@alz.org | 805.261.2189

ALZConnected Online Community

ALZConnected is a free online community for all those who have been affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, including people with the disease and their caregivers, friends, family and neighbors. ALZConnected also provides a space for those who have lost a loved one to dementia. 


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