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:
This free in-person support group is for family members and caregivers coping with a loved one's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. Reservations requiredWhen: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, March 6 & 20, Apr 3 & 17, May 1 & 15, June 5 & 19 / 1 – 2:30 pm Where: Peter V. Ueberroth Building 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Room 1420 When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, March 13 & 27, Apr 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, June 12 & 26/ 1 – 2:30 pm Where: Peter V. Ueberroth Building 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Room 2339 When: 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, March 4 & 18, 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 support group is conducted in Spanish. When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, March 4 & 18, 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 Lewy body dementia caregivers. Reservations required. When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, March 5 & 19, 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 specifically for family caregivers of those diagnosed with young-onset AD. When: Tuesdays Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 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 FTD. When: Tuesdays Oct 16, Nov 20 and Dec 18 / 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. Dinner is included. When: Thursdays Jan 10, Feb 14 & Mar 14, 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
For head and neck cancer patients and their support system. When: Tuesdays Jan 15, Feb 19 & Mar 19 / 6 – 8 pm Where: Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B265 Info: Jacqueline Dillon, MSW at 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: Mondays Jan 14, Feb 11 & Mar 7 / 7 – 8 pm Where: UCLA Cardiac Rehab Center, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 206C RSVP & Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our monthly, confidential support group to learn more about lupus and how to live well with lupus. When: Tuesdays Jan 8, Feb 5 & Mar 5 / 6:30 - 8 pm Where: Rheumatology-Rehabilitation Center Building, 3rd Floor Library, 1000 Veteran Avenue Info: 310-657-5667 or email@example.com 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.