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How to Cope with Sadness and Worry at Holiday Time

We know if you’re experiencing memory loss, everyday life can be unsettling and sometimes even scary.  Add to that pandemic lifestyle changes and December holiday stress, and you may want to find a new way to cope with feelings of worry, depression, loss, loneliness, hopelessness or frustration.

Here is how AFC can help if you’re feeling overwhelmed now – or at any time during the year.


Since the pandemic began, AFC has been offering group therapy sessions via Zoom videoconferencing four days a week. All that’s needed to participate is an internet connection and a computer, tablet or cell phone. “Participating in a group therapy program is one of the best options to stay connected with others,” states Cheryl Alvarez, PsyD. and AFC’s Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health.

What benefits will you gain from group therapy?

  • A safe place to discuss emotions and memory loss issues that are new or pre-existing
  • Opportunities to socialize with people going through similar experiences
  • Use of cognitive and communication skills, keeping them as sharp as possible for as long as possible
  • An overall improvement in your mood, daily functioning and concentration
  • Improvement in relationships with family and friends

Led by our expert therapists, the groups have no more than 10 participants in each and meet for 45 minutes, Monday — Thursday. Topics include family dynamics, coping skills, loneliness, anxiety, depression, dealing with loss, sleep difficulties, hopelessness, and much more.

“Talking about concerns in a virtual social environment can help minimize the risk of depression that can occur during the holidays. Group discussions can help lower pandemic fatigue and increase connection,” Alvarez adds.

Medicare and many commercial health insurance plans cover AFC’s outpatient counseling. We help determine any insurance coverage you may have. There are also options for private pay and scholarships.

During December or all year round, if you have questions about group therapy or wish to enroll, please contact Linda Abbit, Community Outreach Manager, at 714-805-6788 or

Photo credit:  Adam Niescioruk

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