Senior Friendship Centers Services

Support Groups

Support Groups

Caregiving is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities most of us experience in a lifetime. Belonging to a support group can be a lifeline on this journey. Listening to others who are experiencing similar experiences, and sharing your feelings in a supportive, caring and confidential setting is healing and often reassuring. Members of support groups often become good friends and provide a support network.

The following FREE support groups are offered:

Sarasota

Senior Friendship Center Caregiver Resource Center
1820 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. For caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia-related diseases offered In conjunction with Alzheimer’s Association. Facilitated by Paula Falk.
  • JOURNALING GROUP  Fridays, 1-2:30 p.m. Use this powerful tool to explore and express feelings, and to heal. Led by Gail Hirsch Ed.D. Pre-registration required. Call 556.3270 to register in advance. 
  • MONTHLY PARKINSON'S CARE PARTNER SUPPORT GROUP The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 3, from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Caregiver Resource Center. Care partners meet separately.  Facilitated by Paula Falk. 
  • THERAPY GROUP Dr. Karel S. Cooperman, LMHC, facilitates a weekly therapy group for caregivers on Tuesdays from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in the Caregiver Resource Center.  The focus is on helping individuals deal with transitions in their lives as a result of the caregiving journey.  Please contact Paula Falk at 556.3270 prior to attending.

North Sarasota

North Sarasota County Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd. Sarasota

  • JOIN THE CONVERSATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Fourth Thursday of every month from 6-7 p.m.  If you are caring for someone, please join us for this group facilitated by Betty Johnson and Paula Falk. Call 556-3270 for information.

Venice

Senior Friendship Center Caregiver Resource Center
2350 Scenic Drive, Venice. FL

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3  p.m.  Pat Buster Room, Health Services Building, 2nd floor.  For caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia-related disease, offered in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Association. Facilitated by Paula Falk. For details call 941.584.0071.

North Port 

North Port Library
13800 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Meets monthly 10 - 11 a.mShare learn and gain support from other caregivers and their experiences dealing with dementia issues. Facilitated by Pam Polowski, Infinity Homecare. For information and schedule, call 941.584.0050.

DeSoto County

219 West Oak Street 
Arcadia, FL 34266
863.494.5965 

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP  Call 863.494.5965 for information.
  • GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN Call 863.494.5965 for information.
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