Support Groups

One Caregiver's Story

When Dayvid Figler’s mother, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, one of the first things the social work team encouraged him to do was attend a support group. He took that advice, joining the weekly memory loss support group for caregivers that is facilitated by Donna Munic-Miller, PhD. The group was a lifeline for Mr. Figler as his mother’s condition declined.

“Group and individual support has given me the solace I need to focus on my day job and not stress about my mom, allowing me to deal with it the best I possibly can,” Mr. Figler recalled before his mother’s passing.

The Benefits of Belonging

The memory loss support group is one of several open to the community and offered free of charge at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. All groups meet under the guidance of a trained professional, but the topics discussed are based on whatever comes up at that particular session. Meetings comprise regular attendees as well as new people who are always joining. Information shared is kept strictly confidential.

“There’s no sugarcoating,” says Mr. Figler. Group members jump right in, offering advice freely, and there’s plenty of time to ask Support-groupquestions.

There’s nothing quite like being with people who have walked a mile in your shoes. Other benefits of participating in a support group include:

• Dispelling the sense of isolation that people and their family members often experience
• Hearing about new ways to cope with common situations
• Gaining more knowledge of the disease and new strategies for managing it
• Learning about community resources 
• Being in a safe environment for discussion of difficult issues and emotions
• Feeling a sense of comfort and relief in hearing similar stories and being heard
• Expanding your supportive network

Memory Loss Support Group

What: Ongoing support group for family members of individuals with memory loss. Respite provided in the Feinberg Education Center by a music therapist to engage loved ones with memory problems.  

When: Meets from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. each Wednesday

Who: Facilitated by Donna Munic-Miller, PhD

Contact: Dr. Munic-Miller at 702.483.6035 or municd@ccf.org for more information

Frontotemporal Dementia and Primary Progressive Aphasia Support Group

What: Support group for care partners.

When: Meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month

Contact: Ruth Almén, LCSW, Clinical Manager of Social Work and Social Services, at 702.483.6054 or almenr@ccf.org for information and to register.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

What: Education and support group for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and adult family members.

When: Meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month

Who: Facilitated by Joanne Fairchild, LCSW, and Samuel Hickson, MSSA, LSW

Contact: Samuel Hickson at 702.701.7929 or hicksos@ccf.org for more information

Huntington's Disease Support Group

What: Support group for gene-positive individuals who are asymptomatic or are at risk, and for adult family members and caregivers

When: Meets from noon to 1 p.m. the third Thursday of each month

Who: Facilitated by Donna Munic-Miller, PhD

Contact: Dr. Munic-Miller at 702.483.6035 or municd@ccf.org for more information

PSP Support Group

What: An education and support group for those living with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and their caregivers.  

When: Meets from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month.

Who: Facilitated by Ruth Almén, LCSW, and Dr. Brent Bluett.

Contact: Ruth Almén, LCSW, Clinical Manager of Social Work and Social Services, at 702.483.6054 or almenr@ccf.org for information and to register.

Have a general question?

You can reach the social work team at FamilyServicesNV@ccf.org.

Our support groups are provided free of charge and are open to the public. They are part of a continuum of social and support services available to patients and families because generous philanthropists at all income levels care enough to help others.

Learn how you, too, can make a difference. Contact us at 702.263.9797 or DonateNevada@keepmemoryalive.org.