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The San Francisco LGBTQ+ Dementia Care Project

Free live virtual training to build dementia-capable care for the LGBTQ+ community in San Francisco City and County
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The Alzheimer’s Association®, in partnership with Openhouse and Family Caregiver Alliance, offers free training to health and social service providers on the care needs of LGBTQ+ seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and their care partners in San Francisco City and County. This program is funded by the San Francisco Department of Disability & Aging Services. Contact us now to schedule free training or learn more about these opportunities.

LGBTQ+ and Dementia Class
(1.5 or 3 hours)

  • Overview of dementia
  • Understanding the needs and challenges unique to members of the LGBTQ+ community who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia
  • Sharing recommendations for working with LGBTQ individuals living with dementia and their care partners 

Effective Communication Strategies Class
(1 or 1.5 hours)

  • Explaining the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease
  • Decoding the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by LGBTQ individuals with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to them
  • Identifying strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease

All trainings are free and available in English, Cantonese, and Spanish.

To schedule a free training or learn more, complete the form posted here or contact Stella De La Pena at 559.753.8201 or email

LGBT Support Groups

Support group for LGBT dementia caregivers
4th Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.
Currently offered virtually. 
Openhouse Community Room
65 Laguna St. (near Market), San Francisco
Info: Ariel Mellinger is:, 415.503.4180

Online Class: Basics of Alzheimer's and Dementia for LGBT Care Partners

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. This webinar provides an overview of dementia, and LGBT caregiving concerns. 

AlzConnected Online Community: LGBT Community Allies Forum

AlzConnected members can connect and communicate with people who understand their unique challenges. Members can pose questions to the community, create public and private groups organized around a dedicated topic, and contribute to message boards.