*ATTENTION: In-person support groups have been cancelled until further notice.
Helen Hayes Hospital offers an array of support groups that are open to the community. The groups serve a dual purpose: they provide valuable information as well as serving as a support mechanism for individuals coping with disabling disorders. Some sessions feature guest speakers, while others follow a more informal agenda. Time is always allowed for questions and answers and for participants to share information. For additional information on any group, contact the person indicated.
Aphasia Support Group
Aphasia affects a person’s ability to express and understand spoken and written language. It is caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language, by events such as stroke, traumatic brain injury or neurological disorders.
Our monthly Aphasia Group seeks to help those with aphasia improve their communication with targeted tools and exercises. Meets the second Wednesday of every month in the Noyes Conference Center, 10:30 – 11:30 am. First session is free. For additional information, contact Kelly Dougherty at 845-786-4604.
Brain Injury Family/Survivor Support Group
The Brain Injury Association of New York holds its Rockland County chapter family support group the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium. The meeting is open to family members of and survivors of a brain injury. For information call Barry Dain at 914-420-4406 or call the Brain Injury Association, 1-800-228-8201. http://bianys.org.
Osteoporosis Support & Education Group
Professionals from the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP) Statewide Osteoporosis Resource Center present information about bone health, including the latest medications, nutritional guidelines, research and other important topics. Meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Noyes Conference Center from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Call 845-786-4772 to learn more about programs and dates of meetings.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Meets the third Friday of every month, 10:30 am in the Noyes Conference Center. Whether you’ve been living with PD or have just recently been diagnosed, come and share information and learn something new. For more information, call 845-786-4321.
For survivors of stroke and their families and caregivers. Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month, in the Noyes Conference Center, from 3:00-4:30pm. For information call Alyssa Chagares at 845-786-4457.
Spinal Cord Injury/Amputee
Third Wednesday of every month, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 2nd-floor Dining Room. Open to individuals living with SCI and amputation, their families and friends. Guest speakers and open discussions. Available via webcast. For information call Peter Gagliardo at 845-786-4950.