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Support Groups

The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter offers monthly support groups in New York and New Jersey. Each month support groups provide an opportunity for patients, family members, caregivers and friends to come together to share stories, hear the experiences of other PALS and to get information. Scheduled are a variety of speakers to increase your knowledge about community resources and effective strategies for living with ALS.

The following support groups are open to patients, caregivers, family members and friends. For more information on these groups call or email Christine Dunn at (212) 720-3044 or dunn@als-ny.org contact the facilitator of the group you are interested in listed below.


NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVER'S MONTH

November Support Groups


MANHATTAN, NY
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East (b/w 14th & 15th Sts.)
New York, NY 10003
Neurology Dept., 5th Floor Conf. Room
Contact: Jody Wiesel, PhD, (917) 699-9751
Topic: National Caregivers Month/Stress Reduction Techniques
Speaker: Sue Zimmerman, LCSW
Next month’s support group meets: Dec. 19th , 2017

QUEENS, NY
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm
The SilverCrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
144-45 87th Avenue
Briarwood, NY 11435
Contact: Michelle McKenzie, LMSW (718) 644-1750
Tracy Sandy-Ali, MPH, LPN, CCRC, (631) 697-6314
Topic: Questions and Answers about Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment
Topic: National Caregivers Month/Caregiver Presentation
Next month’s support group meets: Dec. 20th, 2017

JAMES J. PETERS BRONX VA MEDICAL CENTER
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
130 West Kingsbridge Road - 1E Dayroom SCI Unit
Bronx, NY 10468
Contacts: Michelle McKenzie, LMSW (718) 644-1750
Carmen Rivas, RN (718) 584-9000 ext. 5405
April Jones, RN (718) 584-9000 ext. 5213
Topic: National Caregivers Month/Radicava Update
Speaker: Noam Harel, M. D.
Next month’s support group meets: Dec. 13th, 2017

NASSAU COUNTY, NY
Sunday, November 5th, 2017 - 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Northwell Health- Plainview Hospital
888 Old Country Road
Plainview, NY 11803 (Downstairs)
Contact: Cindy Keyser-Posner, LMSW, (631) 416-2767
Carol Bishop, RN, (631) 219-0947
Topics: National Family Caregivers Month/Radicava Update
Speaker: Robin Krantz, MSN, RN, Clinical Educator for MT Pharma
Next month’s support group meets: Dec.5th , 2017*
*Please note there will be change in date and location for December*

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY
***LOCATION CHANGE***
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 - 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Stony Brook Neurology Offices
181 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 5
East Setauket, NY 11733

Contacts: Cindy Keyser-Posner, LMSW, (631) 416-2767
Theresa Imperato, RN, (516) 946-5467
Topics: National Family Caregivers Month/Radicava Update
Speaker: Robin Krantz, MSN, RN, Clinical Educator for MT Pharma
Next month’s support group meets: December 5th, 2017

WESTCHESTER, NY/WHITE PLAINS
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017- 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Burke Rehabilitation Center
785 Mamaroneck Avenue, Building 7
White Plains, NY 10601
Contacts: Helen Mayer, RN, (845) 520-0952
Nancy Brenner, LCSW, (914) 406-3513
Topic: National Caregivers Month/Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: December 12th, 2017

LOWER HUDSON VALLEY, NY
Tuesday, November 7th - 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Ambulatory Surgery Center Bldg. C, 3rd Fl.
200 Westage Business Center
Fishkill, NY 12524
Contacts: Helen Mayer, RN, (845) 520-0952
Nancy Brenner, LCSW, (914) 406-3513
Topic: National Caregivers Month/Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: Dec. 5th,  2017

CENTRAL NJ
Saturday, November 18th, 2017- 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center
100 Kirkpatrick Street - Community Education Room
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Level 2
Contacts: Debbie Schlossberg, LMSW, (732) 710-8832
Mary Ann Mertz, RN, (908) 552-5573
Topic: National Caregivers Month/Caregiver Presentation
Next month’s support group meets: Dec. 16th, 2017

NORTHERN NJ/SADDLE BROOK
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017-7:00 to 9:00 pm
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
300 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Contacts: Debbie Schlossberg, LMSW (732) 710-8832
Mary Ann Mertz, RN, (908) 552-5573
Topic: National Caregivers Month/Caregiver Presentation
Next month’s support group meets: Dec. 7th, 2017

TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUPS
Patient group: Every Wednesday from 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Caregivers group: Every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Contact: Susan Zimmerman, LCSW at 212-720-3050
Topics include: Open discussions and Meditation and Guided Imagery for Stress Reduction

Recursos en español disponibles. Por favor llame al (212) 619-1400. Gracias.


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