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. Click here for a PDF of these support groups.
The Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA and the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program offer the following support groups for those affected by Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias:
Free in-person support group is for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementa. Reservations required. First Wednesdays When: First and third Wednesdays of the month, May 1 & 15,, June 5 & 19 / 1 – 2:30 pm Where: Peter V. Ueberroth Building, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Room 1420 Second Wednesdays When: Second and fourth Wednesdays, Apr 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, June 12 & 26/ 1 – 2:30 pm Where: Peter V. Ueberroth Building, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Room 2339 MondaysWhen: First and third Mondays of the month, Apr 1 & 15, May 6 & 20, June 3 & 17 / 6:30 – 8:00pm Where: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, 1250 16th Street, Board Room G-210Info: 310-794-3914 or email@example.com
This free in-person support group is for family members and caregivers coping with a loved one's Alzheimer's disease or other related dementia diagnosis. This support group is conducted in Spanish. When: Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, Apr 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, June 12 & 26/ 6:30 – 8:00pm Where: St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 1453 Federal Avenue, Los Angeles Info: 310-825-4304 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations required.
This free in-person support group is for family caregivers who need a supportive environment to share, learn and gain emotional support from other caregivers of lewy body dementia (LBD). Reservations required. When: First and third Tuesdays of the month, Apr 2 & 16, May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18/ 6:30 – 8 pm Where: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, 1250 16th Street, Board Room G-210 Info: 310-794-3914 or email@example.com
This free telephone support group is designed for family caregivers of those diagnosed with young-onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD). When: First Tuesdays of the month, Apr 2, May 7 & Jun 4 / Noon – 1:30 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 telephone support group is designed for family caregivers of those with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). When: Third Tuesday of the month, Apr 16, May 21, June18 / Noon – 1:30 pm Info: 310-794-3914 or email@example.com Call-in number: 415-655-0003 (RSVP required for call-in access code)
We hold quarterly meetings, about once every 3-4 months. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. When: Monday April 29, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Where: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Conference Room B-120, B Level, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 RSVP & Info: Marie Rodolfa at MRodolfa@mednet.ucla.edu or call 310-794-7108
This support group provides a safe and supportive space for caregivers of patients with brain tumors across their illness trajectory. Dinner is included. When: TSecond Thursday every month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Where: Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B265 RSVP & Info: Jacqueline Dillon, MSW at 310-267-9413
Join one of our support groups for people with diabetes who use insulin through multiple daily injections or an insulin pump. Become informed, network and get support from your peers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. There is no cost for this group, and no referral is needed. Thousand Oaks When: Thursdays, July 12 & Sept 13 / 6 – 7:30 pm Where: 100 Moody Court, Ste 200
Westwood When: Tuesday, August 14 / 6 – 7:30 pm Where: 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Ste 520-10
Santa Monica When: 2nd Tuesday of every month / 6 – 8 pm Where: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica 1250 16th Street RSVP – Info: 310-794-1299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For head and neck cancer patients and their support system.When: Third Tuesday of every month / 6 – 8 pmWhere: Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B265 Contact: 310-267-3135
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: Wednesday, April 8, May 13 & Jun 10 / 7 – 8 pm Where: UCLA Cardiac Rehab Center, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 206C RSVP & Info: email@example.com
Join our monthly, confidential support group to learn more about lupus and how to live well with the symptoms of lupus. When: Tuesdays, Apr 2, May 1 & June 4 / 6:30 – 8 pm Where: Rheumatology - Rehabilitation Center Building, 3rd Floor Library, 1000 Veteran Avenue, Los Angeles Info: 310-657-5667 or firstname.lastname@example.org or lupusla.org
This group welcomes people who have had new strokes and those who have had strokes in the past. It provides hope, encouragement and education to stroke survivors, family members and caregivers.When: Wednesdays Jan 16, Feb 20 & Mar 20 / 3 – 4 pmWhere: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, 1250 16th Street, Conference Room 4Info: 424-259-8390
Our office of care coordination and clinical social work hosts the following support groups:
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
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 pre transplant patients, post transplant patients and families.
Days Available: Meets every Wednesday at 12 pm Location: 200 Medical Plaza Suite 206 Refreshments served, no RSVP needed. Ask your social worker for details.
For parents, families and caregivers of children during their hospitalization at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
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 UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.
Days Available: Every Wednesdays Times: 12:00 – 1:00 pm Contact: Blair Butler, MSW 310-267-9732
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.