Caregiver Support Groups

If you are a family caregiver or a friend of a person with dementia, this informal discussion offer resources for problem solving, educational information, as well as emotional support. It is a place to share experiences and feelings and hear from others in similar situations. You are not alone on this journey. Come as you are and meet other caregivers with related concerns.

To learn more or if you’re interested joining one of our support groups, contact Kathy Carchidi. 

Email: kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org.
Phone: 949-757-3758

If you are in need of additional support, would like to learn more about the services and resources we provide or need someone to talk to, please call our Helpline at 844-373-4400. 

ATTENTION: We are looking for dedicated and compassionate individuals to become a trained facilitator for our family caregiver support groups. We are in need of additional facilitators near: Buena Park, Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda.

YOUNG ADULT SUPPORT GROUPS NOW AVAILABLE: Connect with other young caregivers like you, exchange support conversation and explore helpful topics. Learn more here.

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Current Support Groups

FACEBOOK CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

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ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

IMPORTANT: Support Group schedules can change. Before attending, please call the facilitator to ask about the make-up of the group and confirm meeting details. If the facilitator is unavailable please call our Helpline at 844-373-4400.

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/
IN-PERSON
CONTACT
Tustin Senior Center 2nd Tuesday of the month, 3:00 PM In-person Kathy Carchidi,
kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org
Fullerton Community Center 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 pm In-person Kathy Carchidi,
kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org
Cypress Senior Center 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm In-person Jessica Cimarusti,
562-716-2826
Online (formerly at Susie Q, Laguna Beach) 1st Wednesday of the month, 1:30 pm Online (Zoom) Sue Staub,
949-525-3147
Huntington Beach Senior Center 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00 pm In-person Ellie Nixon,
714-642-9458
San Juan Capistrano Community Center 1st Tuesday of the month, 2:30 pm In-person Barbara Reiland.
801-599-4410
Rancho Santa Margarita Community Center 1st Friday of the month, 1:00pm In-person Kathy Carchidi,
kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org
OASIS Senior Center 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 10:00 am In-person Vic Mazmanian,
949-310-6682
Belmont Village Aliso Viejo 4th Thursday of the Month, 11:00 am In-person Kathy Carchidi,
kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org
Dorothy Visser Senior Center, San Clemente 1st Wednesday of the month, 10:00 am In-person Kathy Carchidi,
kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org

SPECIAL SUPPORT GROUPS

After Dementia (Grief Support Group)

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Online 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11:00 am Online (Zoom) Kathy Carchidi,
kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org

Caregivers of Lewy Body & Frontotemporal Dementia

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Online 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 pm Online (Zoom) Donna Velarde,
donna.velarde@alzoc.org

Faith-based Support Groups

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
St Andrews Presbyterian, Newport Beach 3rd Tuesday of the month, 3:00 pm In-person Roger Riley,
949-697-8707
Saddleback Church, Lake Forest) 1st Mondays, 10:00 am In-person Vic Mazmanian,
949-310-6682
South Shores Church, Dana Point 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:30 am  In-person Erik Hansen,
949-310-9062

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Support Groups

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Down Syndrome Association of OC 2nd Friday of the month, 1:00 PM In-person
Kim Bailey, kim.bailey@alzoc.org

Men’s Caregiver Support Group

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Online 2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:00 pm Online (Zoom)
Dennis Miyadi,
714-401-5563

SUPPORT GROUPS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Spanish Support Group

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Online 1st Wednesday of the month, 10:00 AM Online (Zoom) Norma Castellano
Norma.Castellano@alzoc.org
Online 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:00 PM Online (Zoom) Norma Castellano
Norma.Castellano@alzoc.org

Korean Support Group 

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Anaheim Korean Presbyterian Church 1st Wednesday of the month, 10:30 am In-person Somang Society,
somang@somangsociety.org
Fullerton Community Center (Temporarily Online) 2nd Friday of the month, 10:00 am In-person (Temporarily Online) Somang Society,
somang@somangsociety.org
Online 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2:00 pm Online (Zoom) Somang Society,
somang@somangsociety.org
Online 4th Tuesday of the month, 2:00 pm Online (Zoom) Somang Society,
somang@somangsociety.org
Online 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm Online (Zoom) Jung-Ah Lee,
949-343-5333, jungahl@uci.edu

Mandarin Support Group 

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Online 1st Saturday of the month, 10:00 AM Online (Zoom) Norman Lee,
949-395-5440

Vietnamese Support Group 

LOCATION DATE/TIME ONLINE/IN-PERSON CONTACT
Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:00 AM In-Person Tiffany Phuong,
714-856-2618

If interested in joining our Zoom support group sessions, email Kathy.Carchidi@alzoc.org or call our Helpline to RSVP. 

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Volunteer as a Support Group Facilitator

Become an Alzheimer’s Orange County (ALZOC®) trained support group facilitator and provide much needed support for families directly affected by dementia. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer facilitator, please contact Kathy Carchidi at kathy.carchidi@alzoc.org or 949.757.3758.

Direct solicitation of support group facilitators and members to promote specific interests is not permitted  (e.g. research, clinical trials, business, etc.).

Please contact Kathy Carchidi with all inquiries at 949-757-3758.