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Marianjoy Support and Resource Groups

To ensure the health and safety of class attendees, visitors, physicians and staff in our hospital and clinics, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, has postponed patient and community classes and events. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, provides support and resource groups at no cost as a community service. All groups meet at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, unless otherwise noted. There is no cost to attend, and caregivers and family members are welcome to join attendees. Reservations are not required, but contact information is provided if you need more information.

ALS Support Group
Provides information and support to people affected by the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Fourth Saturday of each month
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
No meeting in December.
Contact: Elsa.Cherwak@NM.org.

Amputee Support Group
Provides a supportive setting for educational opportunities, as well as social contacts and events.

Second Tuesday of each month
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Main Hospital - First Floor Therapy Gym
No meeting in December, January or February
Contact: lauren.bularzik@nm.org or merril.idiyalil@nm.org

Aphasia Conversation Group
Designed for anyone who is experiencing aphasia, or a change in language/communication following a stroke or injury. The group provides an outlet to practice communication in a group setting.

First Wednesday of each month
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Location: Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
No meeting in January.
Contact: 630.909.8562, michelle.armour@nm.org

Caregiver's Seminar for Families of Marianjoy Inpatients
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.

Fourth Tuesday of each month
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Main Hospital - Third Floor Board Room
Contact: 630.909.8909

Connections—Teen and Young Adult Brain Injury Support Group
For teens and young adults with brain injury.

First Thursday of each month
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Room 3
No meeting in July, August or September
Contact: rima.birutis@nm.org or elizabeth.witt@nm.org

High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group
A resource group for adults who have sustained a brain injury. Provides education on living with brain injury and coping with stress, and offers an outlet for socialization.

Second Tuesday of each month
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Main Hospital - Third Floor Board Room
No meeting in February
Contact: christina.hanson@nm.org

Lives in Motion—Spinal Cord Injury Resource Group
A resource group for those with paraplegia and quadriplegia. Attendees learn from others' experiences while discussing the realities and concerns regarding spinal cord injury. Members of Marianjoy's spinal cord injury therapy team will share their expertise on home modifications, wheelchairs, exercises, nutrition, sexuality, social re-integration, vocational rehabilitation and more.

Wednesdays in the months of March, May, July, September and November
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Group meets via Microsoft Teams
Contact: monica.scalise@nm.org or jacob.martin@nm.org

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group
Speakers from both Marianjoy and the community present information about multiple sclerosis (MS), including specific topics of interest suggested by the group. Education, resources and social events are also provided.

Third Wednesday of each month
5:00 - 6:30 pm
No meeting in January, February or March
Contact: joann.villanueva@nm.org or lauren.bogart@nm.org

Parkinson's Support Group
Offers a platform to socialize, share information and gather resources related to Parkinson's disease. Sessions include expert presentations and social events.

Second Wednesday of each month
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Location: Main Hospital, First Floor Therapy Gym
No meeting in December, January or February
Contact: laura.biske@nm.org or lauren.rosenberg@nm.org

Stroke Support Group
Speakers present information on improving the physical and mental health of people who have survived a stroke.

First Tuesday of each month
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
No meeting in January or February
Contact: claire.vanacker@nm.org or elise.rohan@nm.org