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.
     

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

Spanish Speaking Support Group

El Grupo de Apoyo en Español se reúne el segundo lunes de cada mes 2 to 4 p.m., en la biblioteca pública de Bernal Heights, 500 Avenida Cortland, 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 Crystal Madriles, MA, (415) 434-3388 x317, [email protected].
FCA's Support Group in Spanish meets the second Monday of each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bernal Heights Public Library, 500 Cortland Avenue, First Floor Meeting Room, San Francisco, CA. Come share your experience, advice, and support to other caregivers. For more information, please call FCA Family Consultant Crystal Madriles, MA, (415) 434-3388 x317, [email protected].

East Bay Support Group

The East Bay Caregiver Support Group meets monthly on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Emeryville at Bayside Park, 1440 40th Street. For more information and to register, please contact FCA Family Consultant Amanda Hartrey, MA, LMFT 80314, (415) 434-3388 x334, [email protected].