There are many reasons to consider joining a support group. Oftentimes friends and extended family who are not living through your experience will not fully understand that experience. Participants in support groups share similar experiences, and because of this are able to fully support each other. Many support groups also provide opportunity to share and learn new skills. Support group participants also receive education on disease processes, updates on medical information, and are connected to community resources. This ultimately improves coping strategies and reduces the feeling of being alone in the experience.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Group
Many different caregiver support groups are offered by the Valley Caregiver Resource Center.
The Alzheimer’s Association maintains a list for groups in Fresno and surrounding areas.
Amputee Support Group
The amputee support group meets the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:am at San Joaquin Valley Rehab Hospital 7173 N Sharon in Fresno. For information or to arrange visit from amputee, call Liz Zemke at 559 284-8417.
Caregiver Support Group
Empowering the Caregiver Support Group. Meets the third Wednesday of every month. There are two different time slots: 10-11:30 am and 4-5:30 pm. The group meets at Auspice In Home Care, 6319 N Fresno St #105. Please RSVP to Tish Davis at (559) 436-4782.
NorthPointe Community Church also has support groups the first and third Sundays of the month at 11:15 a.m. All meetings are in the Peace 3B building/classroom at 4625 W. Palo Alto Ave, Fresno, CA 93722.
Hinds Hospice offers many different groups.
Church based grief groups.
The National MS Society offers a support group at the San Joaquin Rehab Hospital.
Greater Fresno Parkinson’s Support Group has several peer support group meetings, including one just for women.
The Central Valley Parkinson’s Support Group meets in Visalia.
Stroke Support Group
San Joaquin Valley Rehab Hospital holds a support group.