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Support Groups at Marianjoy

These support groups are provided at no cost to the participants as a service to the community by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois. All groups meet at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital unless otherwise noted.

ALS Support Group

Not meeting in December
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 1 & 2

The ALS support group provides answers, tips, friendship, care and support to people affected by motor neuron disease ALS. This group meets the fourth Saturday of the month* from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For more information, please contact Elsa Cherwak at 630-909-8439.
*Except for December

Amputee Support Group

Not meeting in December

The Amputee Support Group provides a supportive setting for educational opportunities as well as for social contacts and events. The group meets the second Tuesday every month* from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call Dini Mapa or Brandon Lesch at 630-909-8410.
*Except for December, January, and February.

Aphasia Conversation Group

December 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 1 & 2

The Aphasia Conversation Group is designed for anyone who is experiencing aphasia, or a change in language/communication following
a stroke or injury. The focus of the group is to provide an outlet for this community to continue to practice their communication skills in a group setting. Meetings take place the first Wednesday of the every month*
from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. For more information call Michelle Armour at
630-909-8562 or Sheila Birkinbine at 630-909-8452.   *Except January

Caregiver's Seminar for Families of Marianjoy Inpatients

December 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.; Third Floor Board Room
This group provides support for families new to caregiving. Learn
helpful hints, suggestions and resources for empowerment, as well as how to build a team of helpers and a strong support system. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information call Larisa Lahey at 630-909-8909.

Chronic Pain Support Group

December 1, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.; Oakbrook Terrace

The Chronic Pain Support Group meets the first Thursday of every
month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Marianjoy Oakbrook Terrace facility. This group is for individuals living with chronic pain who are looking for support and who are willing to provide support to others. Members include individuals who have been diagnosed with a variety of pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and joint dysfunction, back pain, and
chronic headaches. For more information, call Dr. Angelique Strand at 630-909-6500.

Connections—Teen and Young Adult Brain Injury Support Group

Decembe 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Room 3

This support group for teens and young adults with brain injury meets
the first Thursday of the month* from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Rima Birutis at 630-909-6360, Elizabeth Witt at
630-909-6165, or Jaime Mieszala at 630-909-6147.
*Except July and August

High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group

December 13, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.; Third Floor Board Room

High Hopes is a resource group for those who have sustained a brain injury and their families. Education is provided regarding aspects of
living with brain injury and avenues for coping with stress. Socialization
is also an important aspect of this group. The High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group for adults meets the second Tuesday of every month*
from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, call Christina Hanson at
630-909-8410. *Except February

Lives in Motion - Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

November 29, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.; Third Floor Therapy Gym

Lives in Motion is a resource group for paraplegics and quadriplegics, their family members and caregivers. Lives in Motion gives attendees
the unique opportunity to learn from other’s experiences while offering a forum to discuss real life issues and concerns regarding a spinal cord injury.  Meetings include members from Marianjoy’s spinal cord injury therapy team who will share their expertise on specific topics such as home modifications, wheelchairs, exercises, nutrition, sexuality, social
re-integration, and vocational rehabilitation. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month* from 5:00 p.m. to8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Monica Blaauw at 630-909-8410 or mblaauw@marianjoy.org.
* Except December and January

MS Support Group

December 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Room 1

This group meets the third Wednesday of each month* from 5:00 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m.in the Marianjoy Outpatient Pavillion, Conference Room 1.
For more information, please contact Andrea Davis or Meghan Flynn at 630-909-8410. *Except in January, February and March

Stroke Support Group

December 6, 2016 at 4:15 p.m.

Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 3 & 4

This group provides speakers who offer education via socialization and support so that life continues with joy and happiness. They meet the
first Tuesday of every month from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Sheila Berkinbine at 630-909-8452 or Alison Brave 630-909-8418. *Except January and February

 

updated November 2016