Support Groups

Menu of Support Groups

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: 1 (800) 576-7764
King County Crisis Line
Ph: (206) 461-3222 or 1 (800) 244-5767

Alzheimer's Association Groups

Tacoma 1st Tuesday Caregiver Support Group
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409
First Tuesday of every month from 10am-12pm
Contact: Jacquelyn Whalen; 253-922-3221

University Place Caregiver Support Group
United Church in University Place
3912 Grandview Dr W
University Place, WA 98466
First Tuesday of every month from 1pm-2:30pm 
Contact: Karen Hyde; 360-819-364

Orting Caregiver Support Group
Majestic View Estates Club House
302 Beckett Ln SW\
Orting, WA 98360
Second Tuesday of every month from 1pm-2:30pm
Contact: Gail Akesson Downs; 360-872-1974

Lakewood/Tacoma Adult Children Caring for a Parent Support Group
Lakewood City Hall
6000 Main St SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Third Monday of every month from 5:30pm-7pm
Contact: Debbie Washburn; 253-798-4090

Tacoma 1st Wednesday Caregivers Support Group
Virtual (Zoom)
First Wednesday of every month from 10am-12pm 
Contact: Jacquelyn Whalen; 253-922-3221

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 contact Kenna Little at the Alzheimer's Association at (206) 529-3868.

Other Support Groups

Zoo Walk - Early Stage Memory Loss

Offers individuals experiencing mild memory loss and their care partners an opportunity for regular exercise and a space to build relationships. There is NO charge for Zoo and Aquarium entry.  (Other destinations on occasion.)

 Lutheran Community Services Northwest

 Caregiver Services office

 253-722-5691 or 1-800-335-8433 or E-mail

Memory CafeAlzheimer’s Café

A regular gathering of individuals with memory loss along with their care partners, friends and/or family for a meal, conversation, and entertainment. 

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Caregiver Support

253-722-5691 or E-Mail 

Memory CafeAlzheimer’s Café

A regular gathering of individuals with memory loss along with their care partners, friends and/or family for a meal, conversation, and entertainment. 

Puyallup Public Library

324 S. Meridian, Puyallup

Held monthly.  Call 253-841-5454 for specific dates and times.

Alzheimer's & Dementia

Brain Injury

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

Tacoma Caregiver Matters

BEST Space
2607 Bridgeport Way W., Ste. 2-G
University Place, WA    98466
Meets 3rd Saturday of the month
2 - 4 p.m.
Call 877-719-2378, ext 104


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


  • 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
Tacoma - Cochlear Implant Support Group

  • Meets second Saturday of each month
  • Hearing Loss Association and Cochlear Implant groups alternate months
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • TACID, 6315 S. 19th St.
  • Hearing assistance: amplification, FM, real-time captioning
  • Contact Penny Allen or TACID at 253-565-9000

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



  • TACID, 6315 S. 19th St., Tacoma
  • Meetings held second Wednesday of each month 6pm-8pm. Room 21.
  • Contact 425-243-7028
  • Website

Parkinson's Disease

Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

Davis Phinney Foundation


CHI Franciscan
  • 1608 S. J Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room B, Tacoma
  • Meets the third Tuesday of each month
  • Who can attend: Invite anyone you know who has survived a stroke or helps a stroke survivor. 
  • Type of Support: Caregivers welcome, Educational support, Emotional support, Regular Meetings, Social support
  • Specialty: Stroke (hemorrhagic) survivors, Stroke (ischemic) survivors
  • Meeting Contacts: Carmen Lewis, BSN, RN   phone: 253-426-4381  email: [email protected] or [email protected]