Support Groups

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Smart Patients Caregivers Community in partnership with Family Caregiver Alliance

FCA has partnered with Smart Patients to create this new Caregivers Community so that caregivers and other loved ones can join the community for free to share, interact, and learn from each other in a safe, supportive environment. And family caregivers of adults with chronic physical or cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, Parkinson’s, and other illnesses can share their own expertise with this new community. By partnering with Smart Patients, we are helping empower caregivers to improve care for themselves and others.

Join the Smart Patients Caregivers Community, ask a question, and support others who can learn from you.


FCA Online Support Groups

Family Caregiver Alliance also offers the following online support groups for caregivers:

  • The Caregiver-online support 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. Read the FAQ. Subscribe to Caregiver-online here.
     
  • The LGBT Community Support: Caregiving for our Families and Friends 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. Read the FAQ. Subscribe to LGBT Community Support: Caregiving for our Families and Friends here.
  • The Six-Week Online Support Group for San Francisco Bay Area Family Caregivers provides a place for family caregivers to get support and hear from other caregivers. It is moderated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is open to San Francisco Bay Area caregivers who are caring for someone 60 or older with any diagnosis or between the ages of 18-59 with an adult onset cognitive or neurological impairment. The group being offered in 6 week cycles with breaks in between. Please contact us for dates of the next cycle.

Find insight on the value of support groups (a blog post from a 2011 series, “30 Days of Caregiving”), and read 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.


In-Person Support Groups (Temporarily moved online)

Spanish Speaking Support Group

El Grupo de Apoyo en Español Por Teléfono se reúne el tercer jueves de cada mes 2-3 p.m. Venga a compartir su experiencia, consejos y apoyo con otros cuidadores. Para mas información y registrarse, por favor llame a Adriana Sanchez, (415) 434-3388 x316, [email protected]El grupo de apoyo esta abierto para residentes en los siguientes condados: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Y Santa Clara County. Este grupo de apoyo es estrictamente para cuidadores familiares no para proovedores profesionales. 

FCA's Telephone Support Group in Spanish meets the third Thursday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come share your experience, advice, and support to other caregivers. For more information or to register, please call Adriana Sanchez, (415) 434-3388 x316, [email protected]. This group is open to residents of Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, and Santa Clara County. This support group is specifically for family caregivers, not providers.  

Young Adult Caregivers Support Group

The Young Adult Caregivers Support Group meets online (via Zoom) twice monthly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday — 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This group focuses on the needs of family and friend caregivers under the age of 40. Connect with other caregivers to get support and learn. To register contact Rachel at (415) 434-3388 x331; [email protected].

Eligibility: Family caregivers 40 and under who are caring for someone 60 or older with any diagnosis or between the ages of 18-59 with an adult onset cognitive or neurological impairment. Participants should live in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara counties).

East Bay Support Group

The East Bay Caregiver Support Group meets monthly Emeryville. Currently, we have a few spots available. Please contact Amanda Hartrey [[email protected]] to register. Spots for this support group are limited and we can't promise a spot will be available for everyone. To get referrals to other local support groups, please contact us at (415) 434-3388, [email protected] or connect with us on FCA CareNav.

Eligibility: We serve caregivers who are caring for someone 60 or older with any diagnosis or between the ages of 18-59 with an adult onset cognitive or neurological impairment.