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Support Groups

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
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 am to 12:00 pm. For more information, please contact Elsa Cherwak at Elsa.Cherwak@NM.org. *Except for December

Amputee Support Group
Main Hospital - First Floor Therapy Gym

The Amputee Support Group provides a supportive setting for educational opportunities as well as for social contacts and events. Meetings take place the second Tuesday of the month* from 5:30-7:00 pm. For more information, please call Lauren Bularzik or Brittany Donnelly at 630.909.8410. *Except December, January and February

Aphasia Conversation Group
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 to 6:30 pm and the third Monday of every month* from 2 to 3:30 pm. For more information call Michelle Armour at 630.909.8562. *Except January.

Caregiver's Seminar for Families of Marianjoy Inpatients
Main Hospital - 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 from 3 to 4 pm. For more information call Larisa Lahey at 630.909.8909.

Connections—Teen and Young Adult Brain Injury Support Group
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 pm. For more information, call Rima Birutis at 630.909.6360. *Except July, August and September

High Hopes Brain Injury Support Group
Main Hospital - 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 pm. For more information, call Christina Hanson at 630.909.8410. *Except February

Lives in Motion—Spinal Cord Injury Resource Group
Main Hospital - First 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* (weather pending) from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Monica Scalise at 630.909.8410 or Monica.Scalise@nm.org. *Except December and January

MS Support Group
Marianjoy Outpatient Pavilion, Conference Room 1

This group meets the third Wednesday of each month* from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm 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

Parkinson's Support Group
Main Hospital ? First Floor Therapy Gym

This group meets the second Wednesday of other month from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the Marianjoy Outpatient Pavillion, Conference Room 3. For more information, please contact Dini Mapa or Laura Cooley at 630.909.8444. *Except December, January and February

Stroke Support Group
Outpatient Pavilion - Conference Rooms 1 & 2

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 pm to 5:30 pm. For more information, please contact Cassie Anderson or Nick Giovannetti at 630.909.8452. *Except January and February