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Virtual Support Groups

In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we are now offering virtual support groups! Support groups are offered for caregivers, as well as family and friends, of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. Our support groups offer a safe place to talk through challenges, share feelings and concerns, and learn about resources that are available. The virtual groups are held using Teams, and participation is free and easy. Attendance may be done so via either telephone (voice only) or video call.

FAQs

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, all Alzheimer’s LA groups are being held via Zoom or telephone. We will be resuming our in-person groups as soon as these guidelines enable us to do so.

Yes. You can join by video with a smart phone or tablet or you can use any phone to call in and join.
Alzheimer’s LA support group facilitators are experienced and trained staff or volunteers. Alzheimer’s LA staff and volunteers work closely together to ensure caregivers are given the most up-to-date and pertinent resources, information, and support.

Absolutely! There are many benefits to joining a support group including: receiving practical advice, learning about community resources, improving your coping skills, and gaining a sense of control over your situation. Here are some testimonials from caregivers:

“I always get such good advice from the facilitator and the group members. I am appreciative of the tools that are given to us.”

“With the help of Alzheimer’s LA support groups, I’ve learned compassion and how to make the journey better for the person I am caring for who is living with dementia.”

“This group is what I look forward to every week. It helps me so much.”

“I’m grateful support group is part of our family’s caregiving story!”

No. All Alzheimer’s LA support groups, programs, and services are free.

Current Support Groups

Group Name Day & Time Contact
Adult Child Caregiver Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursday, 1:00-2:30pm Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org, 323-930-6271
Adult Children Caring for a Parent with Dementia Group 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12:00-1:30pm Monica Moore: MRMoore@mednet.ucla.edu
After Dementia (Grief & Bereavement Support Group) Last Friday of each month, 2:00-3:30pm Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org, 323-930-6271
African American Men’s Group – Brother to Brother 2nd & 4th Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm Jim Kelly: jimkelly2573@gmail.com, 562-712-3254
Caregiver Support Group 1st & 3rd Thursday, 10:30am-12:00pm Hannah DeGiuseppe: Hannah@agingnext.org, 909-621-9900
Caregiver Support Group Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm Lydia Bouroumand: Lydia@agingnext.org, 909-621-9900
Caring for the Caregivers (Faith Based Support Group) 1st & 3rd Thursday, 11:00am-12:30pm Michelle Bracken: michelle@bracken.com
Dementia Caregiver Support Group 2nd & 4th Monday, 11:00am-12:00pm Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org, 323-930-6271
Dementia Caregiver Support Group Every Tuesday, 5:30-6:30pm Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org, 323-930-6271
Dementia Caregiver Support Group Every Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org, 323-930-6271
Dementia Caregiver Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm Lloyd Mustin: l.mustin@verizon.net, 909-270-0866; or Lisa Laufer: lllaufer@yahoo.com, 909-762-5702
Dementia Caregiver Support Group 1st Sunday, 1:30pm Deacon Dick Williams: dwilliams@americanmartyrs.org
Dementia Caregiver Support Group Every Thursday, 10:00-11:30am Barbara Hament: Barbara@SeniorCareNavigatorLA.com, 310-422-8825
Dementia Caregiver Support Group 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 10:30am-12:00pm Jorge Sciupac: jesciupac@yahoo.com, 310-901-9319
Dementia Caregiver Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursday, 11:00am-12:00pm Teresa Hernandez: theegreen@yahoo.com
Early Stage Care Partner Support Group Every Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm Alicia Villegas: avillegas@alzla.org, 844-435-7259
Evening General Dementia Caregiver Support Group
(UCLA affiliated patients and family only)
1st & 3rd Monday, 6:30-8:00pm Monica Moore: MRMoore@mednet.ucla.edu
Family Caregiver Support Group 1st & 3rd Thursday, 6:00-8:00pm Gale Taylor: Gale@agingnext.org, 909-851-3093
Farsi-Speaking Well-Being Education & Support Group Contact facilitator for more information Dr. Nahid Nancy Rafii: nancyrafii@gmail.com, 310-874-5110
Fountainview Support Group 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 2:45pm Sid Adelman: sidadelman@gmail.com
Frontotemporal Dementia Caregiver Group 3rd Tuesday, 12:00-1:30pm Monica Moore: MRMoore@mednet.ucla.edu
General Dementia Caregiver Group
(UCLA affiliated patients and family only)
2nd & 4th Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm Monica Moore: MRMoore@mednet.ucla.edu
Group for Caregivers of Individuals Living in Residential Facility Every Friday, 2:00-3:00pm Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org, 323-930-6271
Japanese Speaking Dementia Support Group 2nd Thursday, 1:00-2:30pm Little Tokyo Service Center: 213-473-3035
Korean Speaking Dementia Support Group (Evening) 2nd Tuesday, 7:00-8:30pm Jung-Ah Lee: jungahl@uci.edu, 949-343-5333
Lauren's Memory, Coffee & Compassion Support Group Every Wednesday, 10:00-11:00am Lauren Mahakian: lauren@familyconnectcare.com
LGBTQ Dementia Care Partner Support Group 2nd Monday, 4:00-5:00pm Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org, 323-930-6271
Lewy Body Dementia Caregiver Group 1st & 3rd Tuesday, from 6:30-8:00pm Monica Moore: MRMoore@mednet.ucla.edu
Long-Distance Caregiver Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursday, 7:00-8:00pm Sid Adelman: sidadelman@gmail.com sidadelman@gmail.com or Anne Oh: aoh@alzla.org
Korean Speaking Dementia Support Group 1st Tuesday, 2:00 - 3:00pm
2nd Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:00am
3rd Thursday, 11:00am - 12:00pm
4th Friday, 3:00 - 4:00pm
Jane somang@somangsociety.org, 562-977-4580
Men's Caregiver Support Group 2nd Friday, 10:30am-12:00pm David Sitzer: drsitzer@graymattershealth.com, 213-293-9408
Spanish Speaking Dementia Support Group Every Wednesday, 3:00-4:00pm Dinora Toj: dtoj@alzla.org, 844-435-7259
Spanish Speaking Dementia Support Group 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm Mirella Diaz-Santos, PhD: mdiazsantos@mednet.ucla.edu, 424-835-0843
Spanish Speaking Dementia Support Group (Evening) 2nd Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm Esperanza Roman, MSW: eroman@alzla.org, 323-895-2570
Spanish Speaking Dementia Support Group 2nd Thursday, 10:00-11:00am (phone only) Angie Moran: amoran@alzla.org, 323-859-8810
Temple Aliyah Support Group Every Monday, 1:00pm Sid Adelman: sidadelman@gmail.com
USC Family Caregiver Support Group
(San Fernando Valley)
4th Thursday, 6:00-7:30pm Mrs. T: wecare4others@gmail.com, 818-934-6362
Young Adult Caregiver Support Group Every Monday,5:30-6:45pm Zina Paris zparis@alzla.org, 323-930-6212
Young Onset Dementia Group 1st Tuesday, 12:00-1:30pm Monica Moore: MRMoore@mednet.ucla.edu

For more information about support groups, contact Anne Oh at aoh@alzla.org, 323.930.6271.

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