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 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. Reservations required When: Wednesdays, Jan 3 & 17, Feb 7 & 21, Mar 7 & 21, 1 - 2:30pm Where: Peter V. Ueberroth Bldg. 10945 Le Conte Ave, Room 1420 When: Wednesdays, Jan 10 & 24, Feb 14 & 28, Mar 14 & 28, 1 - 2:30pm Where: Peter V. Ueberroth Bldg. 10945 Le Conte Ave, Room 1420 Info: (310) 794-3914 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This free telephone support group is designed for family caregivers of those with FTD. When: Tuesdays, Jan 16, Feb 20 and Mar 20/ 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)
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: Tuesdays, Jan 16, Feb 6 & 20 / 6:30 – 8 pm Where: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica 1250 16th St, Board Rm G-210 Info: (310) 794-3914 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This free telephone support group is designed specifically for family caregivers of those diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. When: Tuesdays, Jan 9, Feb 6 and Mar 6 / 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)
This support group provides a safe and supportive space for caregivers of patients with brain tumors across their illness trajectory. When: Second Thursday every month, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Where: Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Ste B265 RSVP & Info: (310) 267-9413
Memory Care is a weekly, three-hour program for middle-aged dementia patients (ages 65 and younger) and their loved ones. It teaches memory techniques and strategies to lower stress and stimulate the mind and the body and offers support for people with memory challenges and their caregivers. When: Thursdays, 1 – 4 pm Where: UCLA Longevity Center, 10945 Le Conte Av Info: (310) 794-0680
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: Monday Jan 8, Feb 12 and Mar 12 / 7 – 8pm Where: UCLA Cardiac Rehab Center, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 206C RSVP & Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
For head and neck cancer patients and their support system. When: Third Tuesday every month / 6 – 8pm Where: Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Ste B265 Info: (310) 267-3135
Join our monthly, confidential support group to learn more about lupus and how to live well with it. When: Tuesday Jan 2, Feb 6 and Mar 6 / 6:30 - 8pm Where: Rheumatology-Rehabilitation Ctr Building, 3rd Fl Library, 1000 Veteran Av Info: (310) 657-5667 or email@example.com or lupusla.org
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 12pm 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: 12:00-1:00pm 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.