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.

Registration is required for our support groups. Please contact us to learn more about availability, speak with a facilitator, and register.

Descriptions for our support groups are below:

  • Lunchtime Support Group for Family Caregiver
    Meets at Iona on the second Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 PM. Free.
    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 at Iona on the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 PM. Fee: $10 per session.
    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 at Iona on the second and the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30-2 PM. There is a requested donation of $10 per session. 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 at Iona on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 6 – 7:30 PM. Free.
    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.
  • Memory Loss Support Group
    Meets at Iona on the first Thursday of each month from 10 – 11:30 AM. Fee: $15 per person per session. Limited scholarships available.
    For individuals diagnosed with memory loss due to dementia (such as mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, or vascular dementia) and their family and friends. All are 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 (one for individuals with memory loss, and one for their care partners) that meet simultaneously and provide support, information, and resources specific to each one’s needs. 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.
    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.
  • Iona/Capitol Hill Village Support Group for Caregivers of Individuals with Memory Loss
    Meetings take place at The Northeast Library, 330 7th Street, NE, Washington, DC. Meets the third Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8 PM. To pre-register contact Capitol Hill Village’s Melissa Zimmerman at (202) 543-1778. This group is free thanks to the generous support of The Residences at Thomas Circle.
    This group is for spouses, partners, adult children, and others who are coping with the challenges of being a caregiver for an older family member or friend who has memory loss, including Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Join us to share your experience and to get support and helpful information.
  • After Caregiving Support Group
    Meets at Iona on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 4 – 5:30 PM. Fee: $10 per session. Limited scholarships are available.
    Designed for those individuals who cared for a loved one with a long-term, chronic illness like Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke, this support group provides a forum to talk about the caregiving journey. Here at Iona, we have found that spouses, partners, adult children, and other family and friends may have been a member of a caregiver support group when their loved one was alive and would like the continued support of a group in this next phase of their life. This group provides that opportunity to find solace and support within this new stage, learn coping strategies, and share and discover valuable resources.
  • Transitions in Aging Support Group
    Meets at Iona on the first and third Thursday of each month from 12:30 – 2 PM. Free. Donations are appreciated.
    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
    There are two designated Thursday meetings each month from 10 – 11:30 AM at Iona. Please contact us for specific dates. Free.
    Individuals with low vision – those who are not completely blind – are welcome.
  • Parkinson’s Support Group
    Meets at Iona every Friday from 11 AM – 12 PM. Free.
    In partnership with the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, Iona offers a support group for people with Parkinson’s. Eligibility: individuals with Parkinson’s, not caregivers.