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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.


May Support Groups

NASSAU COUNTY, NY
Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 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
Topic: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: June 4th, 2017

LOWER HUDSON VALLEY, NY
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017- 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Ambulatory Surgery Center Bldg. C, 1st Fl.
Suite 130 (across from the elevator)
200 Westage Business Center
Fishkill, NY 12524
Contacts: Helen Mayer, RN, (845) 520-0952
Nancy Brenner, LCSW, (914) 406-3513
Topic: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: June 6th, 2017

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017- 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Stony Brook University, Dept. of Neurology
179 N. Belle Mead Road
East Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: Cindy Keyser-Posner, LMSW, (631) 416-2767
Theresa Imperato, RN, (516) 946-5467
Topic: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: June 6th, 2017

WESTCHESTER, NY/WHITE PLAINS
Tuesday, May 9th, 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: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: June 13th, 2017

MANHATTAN, NY
Tuesday, May 16th, 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: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: June 20th, 2017

NORTHERN NJ
Thursday, May 4th, 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: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: June 1st, 2017

CENTRAL NJ
Saturday, May 20th, 2017- 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center
100 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Level 2
Community Education Room
Contacts: Debbie Schlossberg, LMSW, (732) 710-8832
Mary Ann Mertz, RN, (908) 552-5573
Topic: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next month’s support group meets: June 17th, 2017

JAMES J. PETERS BRONX VA MEDICAL CENTER
* Open to Veterans and Non Veterans *

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
130 West Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468
1E - Dayroom SCI Unit
Contacts: Michelle McKenzie, LMSW (718) 644-1750
Carmen Rivas, RN (718) 584-9000 ext. 5405
April Jones, RN (718) 584-9000 ext. 5213
Topic: ALS Awareness Month/ Open Discussion
Next Month's support group meets: June 14th, 2017

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

SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS
If you are interested in summer camps for kids who are coping with a loved one with ALS or
who are already bereaved, please call Sue Zimmerman, LCSW, Patient Services Coordinator
at (212) 720-3050 for information.

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