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Support Groups

ALS Support Group

Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Place: Stony Brook University Hospital ALS Center,
179 Belle Mead Road,East Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: (631) 444–4623

Alzheimer Disease Caregivers Group

Peer support in a non-judgmental atmosphere is a source of support for families caring for a frail loved one or someone with Alzheimer's. Our group leaders are professionally trained to lead groups which offer emotional support and practical advice for caring for a loved one. Free on-site care is provided during the meetings.
Meets: 1st Wednesday of the month
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Place: Day Haven Adult Service, 400 Sheep Pasture Road,
Port Jefferson, NY 11777c
Contact: Lori Maldavir, (631) 585–2020 ext. 261


Alzheimer Disease Caregivers Group

Peer support in a non-judgmental atmosphere is a source of support for families caring for a frail loved one or someone with Alzheimer's. Our group leaders are professionally trained to lead groups which offer emotional support and practical advice for caring for a loved one. Free on-site care is provided during the meetings.
Meets: 4th Tuesday of every month
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Place: St Peter and Paul Church, 781 Wading River Road,
Manorville, NY 11949
Contact: Lori Maldavir, (631) 585–2020 ext. 261

Meets: 2nd Monday of every month
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Place: Day Haven Adult Services, 2210 Smithtown Avenue,
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Contact: Lori Maldavir, (631) 585–2020 ext. 261

Meets: Last Friday of every month
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Place: Access Home Care, 3100 Veterans Memorial Highway,
Bohemia, NY, 11716
Contact: Lori Maldavir, (631) 585–2020 ext. 261

Meets: 2nd Monday of every month
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Place: South Country library,
22 Station Road, Bellport, NY 11713
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Meets: 3rd Tuesday of every month
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: Parker on Madison
92 Madison Ave,
Hempstead, NY 11550
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of every month
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Place: Life Enrichment Center,
45 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Meets: 2nd Monday of every month
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: West Babylon Public Library,
211 Route 109, West Babylon, NY 11704
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Meets: 4th Saturday of every month
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Place: Maple Pointe Assisted Living,
260 Maple Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Meets: 4th Thursday of every month
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Place: Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, 407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of every month
Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library,
407 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Meets: 1st Wednesday of every month
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Place: Emma S. Clark Memorial Library,
120 Main Street, Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: (516) 586-1507 or via email WHHH@parkerinsitutie.org

Bereavement Support Group

Open to all patients, family members and staff who have lost a loved one
Arranged individually with chaplain
Contact: (631) 444–4000


Caregiver Support Group

(Non-disease Specific) Hope and help for caregivers
Meets: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
Time: 9:30 to 11:00 am
Place: Caroline Church of Brookhaven, 1 Dyke road, Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: Virginia Cash, NYS Licensed social worker at (631) 428-0902 or virginia@virginiacashcares.com

Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 10:30am to 11:30am
Place: Rose Caracappa Town Senior Center,
739 Route 25A, Mount Sinai, NY 11766
Contact: Virginia Cash, NYS Licensed social worker at (631) 428–0902 or virginia@virginiacashcares.com


Caregiver Support Groups

The responsibility of taking care of a loved one often falls on the shoulders of someone special - a Caregiver. They need support, resources, and their needs are sometimes overlooked! Family Service League offers groups designed to help those caring for a frail or elderly person to cope with the inherent stress of their situation. Attendees will learn new coping skills for stress, gain a better understanding of their role and options, and receive help securing any assistance to resources that may be available.

Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Place: Bristol Assisted Living, 760 Larkfield Road, East Northport, NY 11731
Contact: (631) 724-6300

Meets: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Place: Commack Community Center, 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY 11725
Contact: (631) 724-6300

Meets: Every other Friday
Time: 1:30 pm
Place: FSL East Hampton, 316 Accabonac Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
Contact: (631) 324-3344

Meets: 2nd Friday of the month
Time: 11:00 am
Place: Middle Country Library, 575 Middle Country Road, Selden, NY 11784
Contact: (631) 591-7580

Meets: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Place: Acadia Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 1146 Woodcrest Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Contact: (631) 591-9310

Meets: 1st Monday of the month
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Place: Wading River Real Life Church, 29 Dogwood Drive, Wading River, NY 11792
Contact: (631) 591-9310

(Dementia Focus)
Meets: 4th Friday of the month
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Gurwin Nursing and Rehabilitation, 68 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY 11725
Contact: (631) 724-6300

Child and Family Bereavement Support Group

Good Shepherd Hospice offers a FREE‚ professionally run‚ 8-week bereavement group program for children ages 4-17 years old and their caregivers who have experienced a death of a loved one. Children engage in therapeutic activities that encourage emotional healing‚ increase understanding‚ development of healthy coping skills and preservation of memories. Adult caregivers attend their own concurrent support group‚ where they will learn about the nature of their children’s grief and how to best support them.
Meets: Tuesday Evenings
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Place: Good Shepherd Hospice Administrative offices‚
110 Bi-County Boulevard‚ Suite 114‚
Farmingdale‚ NY 11735
Contact: Alexis Van Wart‚ LMSW
(631) 828-7631


Dystonia Support Group

Join a community of people living with living with cervical, oromandibular dystonia and blepharospasm and share your personal experiences with others. Light refreshments will be served.
Place: Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University,
100 Nicholas Road, Room 201
Contact: For meeting times and dates please contact, Lee Stewart, (631) 444–3448 or leelee.stewart@stonybrookmedicine.edu


Early Stages Memory Loss Program

GEMS 1 includes a support group, exercise, memory strengthening exercises, guest speakers and lunch. Members share experiences with other facing similar challenges and learn about resources to assist them.
Meets: Every Tuesday
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place: Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY 11548
Contact: Joe Wasserman, LMSW Supervisor of Specialized Senior Services at (516) 484–1545, ext. 236 or jwasserman@sjjcc.org


Eastern Long Island Brain Aneurysm Support Group

This support group offers group discussions and educational lectures for survivors, family members and caregivers of patients recovering from subarachnoid hemorrhage, aneurysm treatments and AVMs.
Meets: Monthly
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Place: Stony Brook University Hospital Lobby Conference Room,
101 Nicolls Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Contact: Dawn Madigan, (631) 444–8121 or dawn.madigan@stonybrook.edu


Epilepsy Support group

Come share your experience, concerns and join in a discussion about epilepsy. Co-led by a social worker from the epilepsy foundation, and Dr. Bhumike Balgobin, a neurology resident at Stony Brook Medicine, each session is largely participant directed. Light refreshments are served. Free. This is open to all patients, family members and caregivers.
Meets: 1st Thursday of the month
Place: Neurology Associates of Stony Brook,
179 Belle Mead Road, Suite 3,
East Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: (631) 444–4000 to register


Huntington's Disease Caregiver Support Group

Join a community of Huntington's disease caregivers and share your personal experiences with others. Light refreshments will be served. Meets: Second Monday of every month
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Place: 181 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 5,
Technology Park, East Setauket
Contact: Lee Stewart, (631) 444–3448 or leelee.stewart@stonybrookmedicine.edu


Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Share your personal experiences with others, receive and provide support from one family to another. Light refreshments will be served.
Meets: Last Sunday of every month
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Place: 181 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 5,
Technology Park, East Setauket
Contact: Lee Stewart, (631) 444–3448 or leelee.stewart@stonybrookmedicine.edu


Parkinson's Disease Support Group

Share your personal experiences with others, receive and provide support from one family to another. Light refreshments will be served.
Meets: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Place: Advance Specialty Care, 500 Commack Road, Conference Room, Commack
Contact: Lee Stewart, (631) 444–3448 or leelee.stewart@stonybrookmedicine.edu


Powerful tools for Caregivers

Being an effective caregiver starts with caring for yourself. Families caring for individuals with chronic illnesses are invited to join us for this educational experience to learn techniques for self-care and empowerment and participate in hands-on activities such as exercise, nutrition, and art. The final session will include guided imagery in a local salt cave.
Place: Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center,
300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY 11548
Contact: Joe Wasserman, LMSW Supervisor of Specialized Senior Services at (516) 484–1545, ext. 236 or jwasserman@sjjcc.org

Senior Adult Day Programs

The Denise & Robert Silverberg Family Friendship Circle and GEMS II programs provide a structured, stimulating environment that encourages social cognitive and physical stimulation through a variety of group activities for those with memory or functional impairment as result of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Stroke, etc. Coffee, snacks and a hot kosher lunch will be provided.
Meets: Monday – Friday
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, 300 Forest Drive,
East Hills, NY 11548
Contact: Joe Wasserman, LMSW Supervisor of Specialized Senior Services at (516) 484–1545, ext. 236 or jwasserman@sjjcc.org


Spousal/Partner Bereavement Support Groups

These groups are appropriate for those who have experienced the death of a loved on prior to June 1‚ 2019. Registration is required.

Meets: Thursdays‚ September 12 thru October 31
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Place: St. Patrick's Catholic Church‚ 9 Clinton Avenue‚ Bay Shore‚ NY 11706
Contact: Maribeth Mckeever‚ LCSW-R at (631) 828-7628

Meets: Wednesdays‚ September 11 thru October 30
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Place: Good Shepherd Hospice Administrative offices‚ 110 Bi-County Boulevard, Suite 114‚ Farmingdale‚ NY 11735
Contact: Carolyn Lisi Haas‚ LCSW-R at (631) 828-7629

Meets: Tuesday Evening‚ September 10 thru October 28
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Place: Good Shepherd Hospice Inpatient Center‚ 200 Belle Terre Road‚ Port Jefferson‚ NY 11777
Contact: Jennifer Herzog, LMSW at (631) 828-7636

Meets: Thursday‚ September 12 thru November 7
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Place: Good Shepherd Hospice Inpatient Center‚ 200 Belle Terre Road‚ Port Jefferson‚ NY

Meets: Wednesday Evenings‚ September 4 thru October 23
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm and 6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
Place: Mercy Medical Center‚ 1000 North Village Ave‚ Rockville Centre‚ NY 11570
Contact: Jennifer Herzog, LMSW at (631) 828-7636


Stroke Support Group

Receive encouragement, feedback and inspiration. Gain knowledge. Learn about helpful programs and resources. Open to all stroke survivors, family members and caregivers.
Meets: Last Tuesday of every month
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Place: Stony Brook Neurology Clinic,
181 Belle Mead road, Suite 5, East Setauket, NY
Contact: (631) 638–2638


Stroke Support Group

Receive encouragement, feedback and inspiration. Gain knowledge. Learn about helpful programs and resources. Open to all stroke survivors, family members and caregivers.
Meets: Second Friday of the month
Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Place: Stony Brook University Hospital, Hospital Lobby Conference room,
101 Nicholls Road, Stony Brook
Contact: (631) 638–2638


Spouse Support Groups

Share experiences with others facing similar challenges, gain and share emotional support and resources in an intimate, professionally lead, confidential group. A brief telephone intake is required
Meets: Monday — Friday
Time: For spouse who's loved one is over 60, Tuesday or Wednesday 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Time: For spouse who's loved one is diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. Tuesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PlaceSid Jacobson Jewish Community Center,
300 Forest Drive, East Hills, NY 11548
Contact: Joe Wasserman, LMSW Supervisor of Specialized Senior Services at (516) 484–1545, ext. 236 or jwasserman@sjjcc.org


Young Onset Adult Programs

Let's do Lunch™ is a cutting-edge program that provides generationally appropriate group activities that are physically, intellectually and socially stimulating for those in their 30s, 40s and 50s. We offer basketball, karate, support groups, vocational work, smart board and iPads, dancing, hot kosher lunch and more.
Meets: Monday — Friday
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Place: Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, 300 Forest Drive,
East Hills, NY 11548
Contact: Joe Wasserman, LMSW Supervisor of Specialized Senior Services at (516) 484–1545, ext. 236 or jwasserman@sjjcc.org


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