Support Groups

Are you a family caregiver who is feeling overwhelmed, or anxious, or sad — or all three? Are you struggling with the mixed emotions that come with aging?

Iona support groups offer a much-needed anchor by providing you a space to connect with others experiencing similar situations. Come vent, share stories, and learn coping strategies.

Facilitated by Iona professionals, our support groups give participants the opportunity to:

  • Find emotional comfort and moral support
  • Gain practical advice
  • Compare notes on resources
  • Talk honestly and confidentially with others going through the same thing

I hemmed and hawed, and said I don’t want to go. But, the support group taught me that you’ve got to take care of yourself. It was a place of safety. It was a place of encouragement. It was a place of hope.”

– Stephanie Reed, participated in the Iona/Alzheimer’s Association Support Group for Adult Children Caring for Parents with Memory Loss.

Descriptions for our support groups are below:

Please note that due to high demand, many of our support groups have a waitlist. Pre-registration is required for our support groups. Please contact us to learn more about availability, and speak with a facilitator about registering. Call (202) 895-9448, and ask to speak with our Helpline.

NOTE: All groups are meeting via Zoom due to Covid-19.

Lunchtime Support Group for Family Caregivers

Meets at Iona on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 PM. Pre-registration required for this group. 

This support group is for spouses, partners, adult children, and others who are coping with the emotional and physical challenges of caregiving.

Adult Child Thursday Evening Caregiver Support Group

Meets on the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 PM. Pre-registration required for this group. 

Being a caregiver for an older adult in your family is a very difficult job. If you are caring for an older adult with a chronic or acute illness (including dementia), you might benefit from this group. You will have the chance to share what you’re experiencing, gain support from other adult children, and connect with resources, programs, and services.

Support Group for Caregivers of Spouses/Partners with Dementia

Meets on the second and the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30-2 PM.  Pre-registration required for this group. 

This support group for spouses/partners of individuals with dementia meets to share concerns, achievements, frustrations, and losses involved in caring for partners who are coping with dementia.

Iona/Alzheimer’s Association Support Group for Adult Children Caring for Parents with Memory Loss

Meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 – 7:30 PM. Pre-registration required for this group. 

Whether your parents are living in this area or are far away, and whether they are appreciative or resistant to your assistance, join us for mutual support and practical caregiving strategies, and ways of coping.

Iona/Capitol Hill Village Support Group for Caregivers of Individuals with Dementia

Meets the third Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8 PM. Pre-registration required for this group.  Call Capitol Hill Village’s Katie Garber at (202) 543-1778.

This group, offered in partnership with Capitol Hill Village, is for spouses, partners, adult children, and others who are coping with the challenges of being a caregiver for a family member or friend who has Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Join us to share your experience and to get support and helpful information.

Memory Loss Support Group

PLEASE NOTE: Because of our high demand, we offer this group at two different times. However, we ask that members only register for and attend one of the sections. Members of one section cannot attend the other. 

Section 1: Meets the first Thursday of each month, 9:30-10:15 AM (people with memory loss); 10:30 AM-12:00 PM (caregivers).

Section 2: Meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 9:30-10:15 AM (people with memory loss); 10:30 AM-12:00 PM (caregivers).

Pre-registration required for both groups. 

Individuals diagnosed with memory loss due to dementia (such as mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, or vascular dementia) and their family and friends are all affected by the diagnosis and the changes that come with memory loss, but the experience is different for the diagnosed individual and those who care about them. Recognizing this, Iona offers two groups that meet simultaneously and provide support, information, and resources specific to each one’s needs. Individuals with memory loss and their care partners meet together for 20 minutes for coffee and conversation, then the group splits into separate support groups – one for individuals with memory loss and one for their care partners.

We strongly recommend that both the individual diagnosed with memory loss and their care partner attend these meetings, but this is not required.

Support Group for People Caring for Their Spouse or Partner

Meets at Iona on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 12:30 – 2 PM. Free. Pre-registration required for this group. 

This group is for people who provide care and support to their spouse or partner who has a chronic or acute illness. You’ll be able to share your experience, get support, learn caregiver tips, and connect with helpful resources.

After Caregiving Grief Support Group

Meets at Iona on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 4 – 5:30 PM.  Pre-registration required for this group. 

This support group is designed for people who have cared for a loved one who has died recently and who had a long-term, chronic illness. We will discuss the caregiver’s loss and grief while caring for their loved one and their grieving process now that their loved one has died. This will be an opportunity to get support, learn about coping strategies, and discover helpful resources. Continued membership will be reviewed twice a year.

Transitions in Aging Support Group

Please Note: We offer this group at two different times. However, we ask that members only register for and attend one of the sections. Members of one section cannot attend the other.

Section 1: This group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 12:30-2:00 PM.

Section 2: This group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 2:00-3:30 PM.

Pre-registration required for both groups.

This group provides a confidential and welcoming setting for people aged 60+ to meet and share their experiences, get support from each other and Iona’s social workers, make connections with new people and build community, and discover coping strategies and helpful resources to live more fully.

Low Vision Support Group

Meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 10 – 11:30 AM.  Pre-registration required for this group. 

Individuals with low vision – those who are not completely blind – are welcome.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Meets on Tuesdays from 10 – 11:00 AM.  Pre-registration required for this group. 

In partnership with the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, Iona offers a support group for people with Parkinson’s. NOTE:  This group is only for people with Parkinson’s, not caregivers.