Support Groups

Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers

  • Date/Time: The 4th Wednesday of each month at 1-3 p.m.

  •  Location:  Multipurpose Room at Orchard Creek Lodge

  •  Details:  This Group is for residents who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory impairment.  Speakers, education, and discussions. Books and DVD’s on the subject are available to be borrowed.

  • Contacts:  

 Cathy VanVelzen - 916-409-9332

Jo Fratessa -  916-408-7209

Jeff Andersen - 916-521-0484

Valerie Jordan - 909-625-7443

 Al Roten - 916-408-3155



  • Date/Time:  2nd Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m.
  • Location:  Joan Logue's home
  • Details:  This Group offers support through sharing with others who have lost a loved one.
  • Contacts:  Joan Logue 916-434-0749
  • Email:

Bosom Buddies

  • Date/Time:  The 2nd Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.
  • Location:  Orchard Creek Lodge
  • Details:  Bosom Buddies offers support, friendship, networking, information and other resources to individuals newly diagnosed, in treatment, and in post treatment for Breast Cancer.
  • Contacts:  Marianne Smith 916-408-1818   
  • Website:  (then select Association Clubs, then select Bosom Buddies)
Caregiver Support Group

  • Date/Time:  The 3rd Thursday of each month at 9 a.m.

  • Location:   Twelve Bridges Library

  • Details:  This Group offers support and education to anyone caring for spouses, significant others, parents or children with needs for assistance.  All Lincoln residents are welcome. The Group is sponsored by Seniors First, BrightStar Care and the Alzheimer's Association.

  • Contacts:  

  • Email:  

Low Vision Support Group

  • Date/Time:  Living Skills Meeting

     The 1st Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m.

  • Location:  Orchard Creek Lodge Fine Arts Room

  • Details:  This Group provides speakers at its monthly meetings and offers information, resources and support.

  • Contacts:  Cathy McGriff  916-408-0169

  • Email:

Family Mental Illness

Support Group

  • Date/Time:  The 2nd Friday of each month at 2 p.m.

  • Location:  Contact Dede Ranahan for meeting location

  • Details:   This group provides support for residents who have immediate family members coping with serious mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, clinical depression, etc. 

  • Contact:  Dede Ranahan 916-408-4541

  • Email:

Glaucoma Support Group

  • Date/Time:  The 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

  • Location:  Multimedia Room at Orchard Creek Lodge

  • Details:  This group provides encouragement, support and education.

  • Contacts:  Bonnie Dale  916-543-2133

  • Email:

Hearing Impaired Support Group

  • Date/Time: 4th Thursday of each month - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Location:  Orchard Creek Multi-purpose Room 

  • Details:  This group provides encouragement, support and education.

  • Contacts:  Joanne Mitchell 916-408-0533

                         Donna Szbados 916-543-3288


Heart Patient Care Support

  • Details:  Caregiver resource information relating to in-hospital stays, med management, lab and MD visits, diet, etc.  One-on-one support.
  • Contacts:  Lauri English 916-253-7494, 24/7 leave message  

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

  • Date/Time:  The 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.  (Jan. - May, Sept. - Nov.)
  • Location:  Sierra Room at Kilaga Springs Lodge
  • Details:  This group offers education and resources, speakers, and group support.
  • Contacts:   Jeri DiFiore 916-408-7565

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

  • Date/Time:   The 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.

  • Location:   Meets at Granite Springs Church 1170 E. Joiner Parkway, Lincoln.

  • Details:  Goals are to provide the persons with Parkinson’s

        Disease, and their families, support, socialization,  

        education, and laughter. 

  • Contact: 

        Brenda Cathey 916-253-7537


        Gary High 916-434-5905


Wise Aging Resource and Support Group

  • Date/Time:   1st Monday of each month at 1 p.m.

  • Location:   Meet at OC Gables/Heights Rooms

  • Details:  Provides a forum for discussion, support, education and sharing of aging related resources.  Mixture of both speakers, small group discussions and member input.

  • Contact: 

        Jane Carhart 916-543-6938



Other Information / Resources

(no local support groups available)

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  Contact: Sandy Barry  916-209-3247  or

 Jackie Wilson  916-253-3744


Peripheral Neuropathy

Contact:  Stan Pashote  916-409-5747

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

Contact: Laurie Schuler 916-408-3734


Prostate Cancer

Contact:  Paul Gardner  916-434-8400



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