Health Services
Cognitive Health

1 in 5 respondents to BCHD’s 2021 Community Health Survey are caring for a family member or friend experiencing cognitive memory issues with 13% of those persons being cared for being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia (BCHD Community Health Survey, 2021).

In February 2022, the BCHD Board of Directors adopted the 2022-2025 health priorities, which includes Physical and Brain Health.

In the Beach Cities, physical health not only includes physical expressions of disease, such as obesity, diabetes and asthma, but also includes diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. While the Beach Cities remains a physically active community with a low overall obesity and diabetes rate, other physical ailments such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia remain elevated in adults ages 18+.

Cognitive health is multifaceted and impacted by our physical health and fitness, diet and mental health. Below you will find the ways that BCHD can support your cognitive health. Please be sure to check out the “Current Offerings” section to see what is upcoming:  

  • Physican and other professional lectures related to cognitive health
  • South Bay Dementia Education Consortium – quarterly virtual presentations from experts
Current Offerings

Dementia Diagnosis Unveiled: Insights from Diverse Healthcare Disciplines
Presented by The South Bay Dementia Education Consortium
Wednesday June 5, 3-4:30 p.m.

Join us for an enlightening workshop on pathways to dementia diagnosis and collaborative care! Our speakers include Dr.Kathleen VanDyk, UCLA geriatric neuropsychologist and Kelsey Stander, Nurse Practitioner from UCLA's Memory Disorders Clinic. Dr. Hicham Siouty, Medical Director at Silverado Memory Care and an internal medicine specialist, will also speak. Our presenters will discuss what is included in a thorough dementia diagnosis and the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to assessing and treating dementia. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts at the forefront of dementia care!


Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Caring for a loved one with a dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming and stressful. This support group offers a safe space to address the challenges that come with caring for someone, find support amongst peers who share similar experiences and openly express your feelings around being a caregiver.

Starting in June, please join us on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Facilitated by Beach Cities Health District's Care Manager, Charlotte Barnett, MSW. In partnership with the Alzheimer's Association and Manhattan Beach Older Adults Program.

Questions? Call Beach Cities Health District at 310-374-3426, Option 1.

Dementia Caregiver Support Groups
Are you caring for a loved one with dementia and in search of more support? Join Beach Cities Health District social workers for an 8-week caregiver support group in Redondo Beach to connect with others, share your experience and receive support. We have two options available:

  • General Caregiver Support Group
    Facilitated by Joy Schmidt, LCSW
  • Men's Caregiver Support Group (for male caregivers)
    Facilitated by Rudy Diaz, MSW

New support groups starting Summer 2024! 

For more informations, please call us at (310) 374-3426 Option 1.