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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:


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. Facilitated by Paula Faulk and Jane Johnson.
  • 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. Please call Paula Falk at 941.556.3270 to register in advance. 
  • MONTHLY PARKINSON'S CARE PARTNER SUPPORT GROUP Fourth Monday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m. Care partners meet separately. Paula Falk, Facilitator.

North Sarasota 

North Sarasota County Library
2801 Newtown Blvd. Sarasota

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Fourth Tuesday 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.


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

  • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Tuesdays, 2 -3 p.m. Venice Caregiver Resource Center Share, learn and gain support from the experiences of other caregivers. The Living Room Adult Daycare Lanai, with Alzheimer’s Association. Call facilitator Phyllis Balliett at 584-0050 for details.

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.  Share, learn and gain suppor from other caregivers dealing with dementia issues. For information and schedule, call 941.584.0050.

DeSoto County

219 West Oak Street 
Arcadia, FL 34266

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