USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute

Support Groups

Our support groups provide family caregivers and those with memory loss an opportunity to talk about their concerns, discuss challenges and share information with others experiencing similar circumstances. The Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute hosts monthly support groups free of charge for members of the Tampa community.  These meetings are confidential and do not allow solicitation from outside businesses. You or your family member do not have to be a patient at the Byrd Institute to attend our support groups. 

Registration is not required and new participants are always welcome.

For more information please email Eileen Poiley, MS, Director of Education  or  call 813-396-0635.


In response to Covid 19, USF Health and the Byrd Institute have suspended in-person meetings and events during this time. However, we recognize the need for caregivers to stay connected and get information and support so we are holding our caregiver support group on line via Zoom the first Thursday of the month from 2-4pm. 
If you have any questions or would like the Zoom information to join the group,  please email Eileen Poiley or call 813-396-0635.

Current Support Groups

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Group

CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON ZOOM. Email Eileen Poiley or call 813-396-0635 for the Zoom information to attend.

This group is for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, vascular dementia, FTD or Lewy body dementia. The group is for caregivers only and it is not advisable to bring your loved to the meeting.

Meets: The first Thursday of every month
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Parking: Please park in the spaces marked with signs and cones for the Alzheimer's support group.

Grupo de apoyo para cuidadores familiares de Alzheimer: llevado a cabo en ESPAÑOL

Currently suspended until further notice 

Este grupo es solo para personas que cuidan a un ser querido con Alzheimer, demencia vascular, FTD o demencia con cuerpos de Lewy. El grupo es para cuidadores solamente y no es recomendable llevar a sus seres queridos a la reunión. Desafortunadamente, no tenemos la capacidad de mirar a su ser querido mientras asiste.

Cuando: El segundo Martes de cada mes
Hora: 4:30pm - 6pm
Estacionamiento: Por favor estacione en los espacios paralelos a Fletcher Ave que están marcados como Valet.

Support Group for Individuals Recently Diagnosed with Alzheimer's or Other Dementia

Currently suspended until further notice

This group is for individuals who have memory problems or Alzheimer’s. Caregivers may attend in order to facilitate communication (if needed) or to take notes.

Meets: The third Wednesday of every month
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Parking: Please park in the spaces marked with signs and cones for Alzheimer's support group.