Dementia Family Caregivers Support Group
Third Monday each month,  2 – 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Luciana Mitzkun

Veterans Support Group
Third Monday each month, 2 – 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Carol Metcalf, MFT, Military Family Life Counselor

Currently in enrollment phase:
Family Caregivers for Seniors
Second and Forth Thursdays each month, 12:30 – 2 pm
Facilitators: Christian Feist & Kate Greer
- MFT Trainees under the supervision of Licensed Clinician.
Group facilitated by Family Services Agency.
Please call 805-965-1001 x408 to RSVP.


Persons with Memory Loss and Their Caregivers
Second & fourth Wednesday each month, 1:30 – 3 pm
Pre-registration required. Call Marcy at (805) 892-4259 x111.
Facilitator: Joe Wheatley

Dementia Family Caregivers Support Group
First Wednesday each month, 10 – 11:30 am
Facilitator: Sandy Lin

In partnership with Sansum Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association
Third Thursday each month, 4:30 – 6 pm
215 Pesetas Lane, 3rd floor conference room
Instructor: Luciana Mitzkun

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Caregivers Need Respite Care

Emotional, physical, and financial demands make it difficult to be a caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Without respite care—a temporary break from these demands—caregivers are at increased risk for stress-related conditions, such as depression, exhaustion, and other health problems.

Are Adult Day Services Right for Your Loved One?

When should someone consider adult day services?
Consider adult day services when your loved one:

• Can no longer structure his or her own daily activities

• Is isolated and desires social contact

• Lives with someone who works or is frequently away from home

• Can’t be safely left alone at home

Adult day services provides socialization and cognitive stimulation while costing only a fraction of in-home delivered care.

Care Consultations

Caregivers need support too! The staff at Friendship Center provides additional support to family caregivers by becoming a partner in care. We Share The Care! Care planning and monitoring of member’s well-being and health needs is an important part of our services. We closely coordinate care strategies with our member’s families.

Additionally, our Family Services Director and Dementia Care Specialist, Luciana Mitzkun, is available for consultations on an individual basis to assist with care planning and community resources referrals. Please call 805 969-0859 for an appointment.

Friendship Center’s Caregiver Support Groups are offered in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Family Services Agency.