Calendar of Activities

Healthy Aging Programs:

Support Group 
Meetings :

Caregivers Group
3rd Mondays 
2 - 3:30 pm 
w/Luciana Mitzkun

Veterans Group
3rd Mondays 
2 - 3:30 pm 
w/Carol Metcalf
Caregivers Group 
1st Wednesdays 
10 -11:30 am 
w/Barbara Davies

Early Stage Group
2nd & 4th Wednesdays 
1:30 - 3 pm
w/Joe Wheatley


Ahead of Dementia
Planning for Late Stage Care
w/Luciana Mitzkun
Tuesday, June 13
4 - 6:30 pm

Know the 10 Signs

w/Barbara Davies
Tuesday, June 20
2 - 3:30 pm
Regarding Intimacy: Love in Times of Dementia
By Luciana Mitzkun
Alzheimer's disease and other forms of progressive dementia often have a profound impact on spousal relationships. While one spouse gradually becomes a care receiver and the other a caregiver, the very nature of their bonding ties begins to change.

Couples normally enjoy activities together, such as a meal, movies, travel, walks, or visits with friends and family. Couples engage in supportive conversations, sharing their views, daily experiences, and a good laugh at the end of the day. Developing a unique way of communicating with one another, and creating a history and identity together-raising families, developing social relationships, attending social engagements, making a home-couples become a strong social unit. Dementia, however, may affect every one of those relationship building-blocks that couples so lovingly cultivate together, often over a lifetime.

Changes in perception, memory, and attention tend to render many previously enjoyed activities unsuitable to dementia patients. Caregiving spouses will find that they must adapt their own activities in order to accommodate their partners' ability to participate. Dementia affects communication skills and patients are no longer able to share those private conversation moments in the same way, living a void for their caregiver partners. Patients may decrease they interest in participating in social activities, distancing themselves from friends and family, even forgetting precious memories of a cherished marital history.

A decline in shared activities, loss of a spouse's emotional support, and the erosion of verbal communications between the couple-taken together, these factors will ultimately impact intimacy. The very nature of the relationship is affected as dementia-related symptoms begin to alter mood, behavior, and ability to conduct personal interactions. Caregiver spouses are also deeply affected by these changes, often reporting feelings of increased loneliness and a longing for having the vanishing relationship back to where it was.  

James Sutton, MD
  Medical Director, Pacific Neuroscience Medical Group
Robert Harbaugh, MD
  Neurologist, Clinical Neurophysiologist
June 15
4 - 5:30 p.m.
All Saints-By-The-Sea
83 Eucalyptus Lane
Topics include:
alzheimer's drugs under development
treatments in the horizon
biomarkers for early detection 
how to interpret new findings
Professionals in memory care,  
family caregivers, and all those affected with memory loss are encouraged to attend.
This presentation is free and open to the public. 
For more info or RSVP, please call  
805 969-0859 
Brought to you by Friendship Center and the  

ART TALKS is the creative space where people affected with mild memory loss paired with their partners come together to advance memory and communication through participation in art workshops.
ART TALKS stimulates communication, promotes socialization, and protects against isolation. Additionally, it provides a nurturing environment where people develop skills and encouragement for achieving their optimum levels.
  This Summer:
Tuesdays, June 6 through July 25
(dark on July 4th)
10 a.m.- noon
At Friendship Center
89 Eucalyptus Lane, Montecito
 Space limited to 12 people; $25 per pair ( includes art materials for all 7 sessions).
Pre-registration is required.
Please contact Marcy at or   805.892.4259×111  to register or for more information.
alzimage ART TALKS is made possible thanks to the collaboration between the Alzheimer's Association California Central Chapter and Friendship Center adult day services.

Save the date!  

Wine Down & Big Heart Awards

Thursday, September 14, 2017... 4-7pm
Friendship Center Montecito
89 Eucalyptus Lane
Please join us for an evening of wine tasting, food, and entertainment featuring some of the finest wineries the central coast of California has to offer! This casual yet festive event supports services provided by
Friendship Center to our local seniors.

We are currently seeking wineries to participate (the more the merrier!) and sponsors. Call Justine at 969-0859 to find out more about these opportunities.

Friendship Center | 805-969-0859
89 Eucalyptus Lane .  Santa Barbara . CA . 93108
820 N Fairview Ave . Goleta . CA . 93117