After receiving a brain-related diagnosis, you may feel alone. Support groups provide peer encouragement, emotional strength and ideas to better manage conditions. These groups may help:
Brain Injury Support Group
For survivors of brain injury from stroke or other causes, and caregivers. Meets every four months, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Abington Memorial Hospital. Registration required: call 215-481-3631.
Hydrocephalus Support Group
Meets second Sunday, every other month (beginning with Jan.), 4 to 6 p.m. Abington Memorial Hospital. Call 215-915-1161.
People Understanding Parkinson’s Disease (P.U.P.S.)
For those adjusting to new diagnosis or dealing with early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Meets fourth Tuesday every month, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Giant Super Food Store, Willow Grove. Call 215-542-2931 or 215-742-6225.
Sleep Apnea Support Group – A.W.A.K.E.
For patients with sleep apnea, family and friends. Meets third Tuesday every month, except Dec. Abington Memorial Hospital. Call 215-481-2376.
Stroke Support Group – O.U.R. Stroke Club
For stroke survivors, families and friends. Meets second Thursday every month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Abington Health Center – Schilling in Willow Grove. Registration required: call 215-481-3631. More stroke support information.
Caregiver’s Support Group
For those providing care to relative or friend with any chronic illness. Meets fourth Monday every month, 1 p.m. Abington Health Center – Schilling in Willow Grove.
A specially trained exercise physiologist leads these groups:
Balance for Everyday Living
For those with balance problems, or who want to improve balance. Physician clearance required; fee. Abington Health Center – Schilling in Willow Grove. Call 215-481-5900.
Parkinson’s Exercise Group
Participants must be independently mobile or have assistant throughout session. Meets Tuesday and Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m. Physician clearance required; fee. Abington Health Center – Warminster. Registration required: call 215-441-7455.
Our informative community programs build awareness about brain health, provide important risk screenings and help identify developing conditions. This community education includes:
Programs at Abington Health locations and in the community on memory enhancement, stroke, sleep disorders, concussion and more.
Risk assessments for stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and falling (balance) held regularly and by request at workplace or community locations.
For information, call Abington Health’s Community Health Services at 215-481-2204.