Online Support Groups
FCA-Affiliated Online Support Groups
Family Caregiver Alliance offers four different online support groups for caregivers and their loved ones:
- The Caregiver Online Group is an unmoderated group for families, partners and other caregivers of adults with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury and other chronic debilitating health conditions. The group offers a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges and rewards of providing care for a loved one.
- East Bay Caregiver Support Group - This new support group is designed for Family Caregivers and had its' initial meeting Wednesday, February 18th, 2015. The group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6 - 7:30 pm at El Cerrito Royale, 6510 Gladys Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530. For more information, please contact Tiffany Pippen, MSW: (415) 434-3388 ext. 304.
- Grupo de Apoyo en Español (FCA's Spanish Support Group), el Grupo de Apoyo en Español se reúne el segundo lunes de cada mes (2-4pm, en la biblioteca pública de Bernal Heights, 500 Cortland St., Primer Piso, Sala de Reuniones, San Francisco, CA.) Venga a compartir su experiencia, consejos y apoyo con otros cuidadores. Para mas información, por favor llame a Hilda Uribe-Escobar, MPH, (415) 434-3388 ext. 319.
En Ingles: FCA's Support Group in Spanish meets the second Monday of each month from 2 to 4pm at the Bernal Heights Public Library (500 Cortland St., first floor meeting room), in San Francisco, CA. Come share your experience, advice and support to other caregivers. For more information, please call Hilda Uribe- Escobar, MPH, (415) 434-3388 ext. 319.
- The LGBT Caring Community Online Support Group offers a place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers of adults with chronic health problems to discuss the unique issues of caring for their loved ones.
- The Link2Care Support Group offers a place for caregivers living in California and those caring long-distance for a loved one living in California.
We also also offer insight on the value of support groups (a blog post from a 2011 series, "30 Days of Caregiving"), and a how-to on starting one yourself (article uses Brain-Impaired Adults as the topic). Our Grief and Loss fact sheet can be a helpful resource to discuss in most caregiving support groups.
Finding Other Support Groups Online
To locate other support groups for your particular situation, you can search The American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse through their Self-Help Group Sourcebook Online (not affiliated with FCA). Per the description on their site, this guide was "developed to act as your starting point for finding every type of national, international, model and online self-help support group that is available."