UCLA Health and its community partners offer a number of support groups, available in person and by telephone, designed to support and inform patients, families and caregivers coping with a variety of diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, Parkinsonian disorders and others.
The Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA and the UCLA Dementia Care Program offer the following support groups for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia:
This support group is for family members and caregivers coping with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. When: Wednesdays, Jan 11 and 25, Feb 8 and 22, Mar 8 and 22 / 1 – 2:30 pm Where: Peter V. Ueberroth Bldg. 10945 Le Conte Av, Ste 2339 Info: (310) 794-3914 or email@example.com
This free telephone support group is designed for family caregivers of those with FTD. When: Third Tuesday each month / Noon – 1 pm Info: (310) 794-3914 or firstname.lastname@example.org Call-in number: (415) 655-0003 (RSVP required for call-in access code)
This free support group is for family caregivers who need a supportive environment to share, learn and gain emotional support from other Lewy body dementia caregivers. When: First and third Tuesdays each month / 6:30 – 8 pm Where: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica 1250 16th St, Board Rm G-210 Info: (310) 794-3914 or email@example.com
This free telephone support group is designed specifically for family caregivers of those diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. When: First Tuesday each month / Noon – 1 pm Info: (310) 794-3914 or firstname.lastname@example.org Call-in number: (415) 655-0003 (RSVP required for call-in access code)
This group provides a safe space for brain tumor caregivers to express themselves, seek advice and validation, and hear different perspectives on caregiving. When: Thursdays, Jan 12, Feb 9 and Mar 9 / 6:30 – 8:30 pm Where: 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Level B2 Info: (310) 267-3135
This support group provides a welcoming space for patients with head and neck cancers and their families. Speakers from various professions share information on nutrition, complementary techniques, speech and swallowing, pain management and mental health. When: Tuesdays, Jan 17, Feb 21 and Mar 21 / 6 – 8 pm Where: 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Ste B265 Info: (310) 267-3135
This support group provides patients and their loved ones with information, education, resources and support to assist them in dealing with progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, multiple system atrophy and Parkinson’s disease. When: First Friday of each month, starting February 3 / 2 – 4 pm Where: 300 UCLA Medical Plaza, 3rd Fl, Marisa Leif Conference Rm Info: (310) 206-2154 or email@example.com
This peer-led support group is part of WomenHeart, a national coalition for women with heart disease. Sessions include peer support, advocacy and education. When: Mondays, Jan 9, Feb 13 and Mar 13 / 7 pm Where: UCLA Cardiac Rehab Ctr, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Ste 206C Info: (310) 825-0014 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For pre transplant patients, post transplant patients and families.
Days Available: Meets every Wednesday at 12pm Location: 200 Medical Plaza Suite 206 Refreshments served, no RSVP needed. Ask your social worker for details.
For families and friends of brain tumor patients.
Dates available: 1/14/16, 2/11/16, 3/10/16, 4/14/16, 5/12/16, 6/9/16 Times: 6:30-8:30 pm Location: Radiation Oncology Conference Room 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Level B2 Contact: Cheryl Abe, LCSW 310-206-6731 or Liz Morasso, LCSW 310-267-3135
For parents and siblings of pediatric UCLA patients who have passed away.
Days Available: Group meet monthly. For more info, call Gina Kornfeind at (310) 825-0731 Times: 6:30-8:30 pm Location: St. Albans Church in Westwood Contact: Gina Kornfeind, MSW (310) 825-0731
For parents, families and caregivers of children during their hospitalization at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
Days Available: Tuesdays and Fridays Times: 1:30-3:00 pm Contact: Sara Montes, MSW 310-267-8014
For Head & Neck cancer patients.
Days Available: Third Tuesday of every month Times: 6:00-8:00 pm Location: Radiation Oncology Conference Room 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Level B2 Contact: Liz Morasso, LCSW 310-267-3135
Days Available: Wednesdays Times: 2:30-3:30 pm Location: PICU Conference Room Contact: Sarah Miller, LCSW 310-267-9759
For parents, families and caregivers of heart, liver and small bowel transplant children during their hospitalization at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
Days Available: Every Wednesdays Times: 12:00-1:00pm Contact: Blair Butler, MSW 310-267-9732
For pre and post heart & lung transplant patients and their family members.
Days Available: Once a month, 1st Monday of each month. Light refreshments served Times: 12:00-1:30 Contact: Eileen Sudeck MSW (310) 267-9728
Activities and Support for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer (ages 15-25) Pediatric Hematology Oncology Days Available: Meets once every other Month Contact: Marla Knoll, MSW 310-267-9751 or Alexis Gentry, MSW 310-267-9734.