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:


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

  • NEW BEGINNINGS SUPPORT GROUP Thursdays, 1-2 p.m. This is a bereavement support group, with the focus on reclaiming and redefining your life after the death of a significant other. Prior to joining the group, individuals must contact the Care Resource Center at 556.3268, Facilitated by Sylvia Kolker, MA, LCSW.
  • 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.


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.


Elsie Quirk Library
100 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL

  • ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP  Meets Monthly 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Share, learn and gain support form he experiences of other caregivers. Facilitated by Phyllis Balliett, Call 941.584.0050 for information and schedule. 

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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