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Always call first before attending.  There are numerous support groups held throughout Pierce County on a wide range of topics.  Call the ADRC (798-4600) for additional information.

Support Group Information
Call to confirm support group information prior to attending.

Crisis Services
Pierce County Crisis Line
Ph: (253) 396-5180 or 1 (800) 576-7764
King County Crisis Line
Ph: (206) 461-3222 or 1 (800) 244-5767


Alzheimer's & Dementia

Western and Central Washington State Chapter - Alzheimer's Association
  • Ph: 1 (800) 848-7097
  • 24-hour Helpline responding to distressed caregivers who need information, supportive listening and guidance with communication and behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias

Auburn - Community Caregivers Support Group
  • Second Thursday of each month
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Auburn Regional Medical Center Intensive Outpatient Program Classroom
    202 N. Division St., Auburn
  • Direct access by Second St. NE entrance
  • Follow signs to First Floor Wait Area by Aquarium
  • Providing resources, education and support to family members and caregivers of those suffering from dementia and other illnesses.

Bonney Lake - Bonney Lake Senior Center
  • 19306 Bonney Lake Blvd, E.
  • Meets second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
  • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Contact Sue Hilberg
  • Ph: (253) 863-7658

Gig Harbor - Gig Harbor United Methodist Church
  • 7400 Pioneer Way
  • Meets the second Saturday of each month
  • 10 a.m.
  • Ph: (206) 851-2625

Gig Harbor - Shoreline View
  • 9324 N. Harborview Dr.
  • Meets the third Wednesday of the month
  • 6 p.m.
  • Contact Carole Breskovich
  • Ph: (253) 858-7790

Lakewood - Maple Creek Retirement
  • 10420 Gravelly Lake Dr., SW
  • Meets the second Tuesday of each month
  • 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Contact Alice Jackson
  • Ph: (253) 539-0926
Puyallup - Good Samaritan Behavioral Health Center
  • 325 E. Pioneer Ave.
  • Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month
  • 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Contact Anita Kent
  • Ph: (253) 697-8575

Tacoma - Cascade Park Active Day
  • 232 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
  • Meets the first Wednesday of each month
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
  • Contact  Janelle Ryan
  • Ph: (253) 572-0383

Tacoma - Asian Pacific Cultural Center
  • 4851 South Tacoma Way             
  • Meets the second Friday of each month
  • Two groups: 10:30 am - Noon; 1 - 2:30 pm
  • Contact Jacquelyn Whalen
  • Ph: (253) 922-3221
    • Please call facilitator in advance

Tacoma - Tacoma Lutheran Home
  • 1301 N. Highlands Parkway
  • Enter main door of Tacoma Lutheran Home on the east side of the building
  • Open to caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's and other dementias
  • Meets the third Wednesday of each month
  • 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Respite care can be arranged
    • Please call in advance
  • Contact Linda McCone
  • Ph: (253) 572-2875

University Place - Bridgeport Place Assisted Living
  • 5250 Bridgeport Place W.
  • Meets the second Monday of each month
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Contact Check Benefiel
  • (252) 227-6367

Early Stage Support Groups
  • Special focus groups for people with early and mild memory loss problems meet for a nine-week seminar. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Free. Person with memory loss must be aware of their memory loss and want to meet with others to problem-solve and share.
  • Held various times throughout the year in the South Sound area. Please call Patricia Hunter at the Alzheimer's Association at 1 (800) 848-7097, ext 227.

Caregiver's Conference
  • Held each June (usually the first Monday) at the Tukwila Community Center

Contact Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 for more information about Alzheimer's support groups.


Brain Injury

 Tacoma
  • Brain Injury Support Groups at TACID
  • 6315 S. 19th St.
    Tacoma, WA 9846
  • Contact: Penny Condoll
    • Ph: (253)426-5735
  • Meets second and fourth Thursday of each month
    • 7-9 p.m.
  • Meets third Wednesday of each month
    • 2-4 p.m.
 Puyallup
  • MultiCare / Good Samaritan Hospital Rehabilitation Center - Mt. Rainier Room
  • 407 14th Ave. SE
    Puyallup, WA 98372
  • Meets first and third Thursdays
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Survivors, family, caregivers, friends and anyone interested in the brain injury community
  • Website
  • Email
  • Contact Retired Sgt. Ed and Sheri Van Veldhouse at (253) 841-9635
Tacoma Traumatic Brain Injury Group
  • Cascade Park Active Day
  • 246 St. Helens Avenue
    Tacoma, WA  
  • For TBI survivors & their families
  • Meets third Tuesday
  • 6-7:30 p.m. 
  • Call (253) 627-9990
 


Cancer

 For support groups in Pierce County please refer to these websites.

  • Piece County Cancer Survivorship -website
  • Good Samaritan Cancer Resource Center - website
  • Northwest Medical Specialties - website


Caregivers
  • Support for the unpaid caregiver - spouses, families, friends and neighbors
  • Contact the Pierce County Family Caregiver Support Program at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332 for additional information
  • See also: Kinship Caregiving
 Auburn - Community Caregivers Support Group
  • Ph: (253) 333-2521
  • Second Thursday of each month
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Auburn Regional Medical Center
  • Intensive Outpatient Program Classroom
  • 202 N. Division St., Auburn
  • Direct access by Second St. NE Entrance
  • Follow signs to First Floor Wait Area by Aquarium        
 Puyallup - Caregivers Support Group
  • Good Samaritan Community Healthcare
    325 E. Pioneer                
  • Suggested donation: $2
  • Meets second Monday of every month
  • 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Contact: Maldred Slaker at (253) 697-8536


Deaf / Hard of Hearing

 Tacoma - Hearing Loss Association of Tacoma
  • Meets alternate months second Saturday of each month - Feb, Apr, June, Sept, Nov 
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • TACID, 6315 S. 19th St.
  • Hearing assistance: amplification, FM, real-time captioning
  • Contact Gerry at (253) 686-1816 or Penny

Tacoma - Cochlear Implant Support Group
  • Meetings presented with CART (real time captioning) and an assistive listening system
  • Meetings held second Saturday of alternating months - Jan, Mar, May, July, Oct   
  • 10 a.m. to 12 noon
  • TACID, 6315 S. 19th St., Tacoma
  • No dues but donations accepted
  • RSVP or get specific date information 


Kinship Caregiving
 Tacoma - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • HopeSparks
    6424 North Ninth Street, Tacoma
  • Meets second Wednesday of each month 5:30-7:00 p.m.  (Child Care Available)
  • Meets fourth Wednesday of each month 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  (No Child Care Available) 
  • Contact Rosalyn Alber at (253) 565-4484, ext. 104
  • Website
               



Parkinson's Disease
 American Parkinson's Association
  • Ph: (206) 543-5369
  • Parkinson's Information & Referral
    Ph: 1 (888) 400-2732
  • Support Groups (complete listing West of Cascades)