Support Groups

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

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

  • Share their experiences and concerns with one another
  • Find emotional comfort and support
  • Gain practical advice, helpful resources, and ways of coping
  • Meet new people and build community

Please note

Due to high demand, many support groups have a waitlist. Pre-registration is required for all sessions by contacting a group facilitator through Iona's Helpline.

All support groups are currently offered virtually. Participation is only available to people who reside in the Washington, DC area.

Current Support Groups

Caregiving & Memory Loss
  • Adult Child Thursday Evening Caregiver Support Group

    Meets on the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 PM

    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.

  • 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

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

  • Lunchtime Support Group for Family Caregivers

    Meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12 – 1:30 PM

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

  • Memory Loss Support Group

    Section One: 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).

    PLEASE NOTE: Because of 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. /p>

    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 Caregivers of Spouses/Partners with Dementia

    Meets on the second and the fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30-2 PM.

    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.

LGBTQ+
  • Silver Circles Peer Support Groups for LGBTQ Older Adults

    Women’s group: Meets the first and third Monday of every month from 5:30-6:30 PM.
    Men’s group: Meets every Monday from 6:30-7:30 PM.
    Men’s group: Meets every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 PM.
    Mixed gender group: Meets every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 PM.

    To join a Silver Circle, contact Michael Mitchell at Whitman-Walker Health at mmitchell@whitman-walker.org or 202-939-7646.

    Silver Circles, a partnership of Iona Senior Services and Whitman-Walker Health, are peer-led support groups for adults who are 60+ and identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+). Group members are able to connect with other LGBTQ+ peers, talk about issues that impact them in a safe space, and build support to help navigate challenges. Funding for Silver Circles is provided by the DC Department of Aging and Community Living.

Low Vision
  • Low Vision Support Group

    Meets on every other Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:30 PM. Pre-registration required.

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

Transitions in Aging
  • Transitions in Aging

    Meets on the first and third Thursday of each month from 12:30-2:00 PM.
    Pre-registration is required.

    This group provides a confidential and welcoming setting for people ages 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.

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.
Phone
(202) 895-9448
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