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Programs are held on the Rush University Medical Center campus, at the intersection of Harrison and Paulina streets just west of downtown Chicago. Listings are alphabetical by subject. For additional information, call the number listed with each entry. Or call (888) 352-RUSH.

Crohn's and Colitis Support Group
This group meets the second Wednesday of every other month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Months are August, October, December, February, April, June.)
Armour Academic Building, Room 1094
Rush University Medical Center
600 S. Paulina St., Chicago
Validated parking is provided.
For more information, please contact Sharon Jedel, PsyD, at (312) 563-3898.

Diabetes Support and Education Group
The last Friday of every month
2-4 p.m.
Johnston R. Bowman Health Center
710 South Paulina St., Conference Room 316, Chicago
Free, registration required
Join Rush Diabetes Center experts and participate in a monthly program designed to explore diabetes management in a group setting. Discussions will cover healthy habits, establishing long-term health goals, nutrition and making lifestyle changes that support living with diabetes.
Parking validated for all participants.
Call (312) 942-2053 for more information and to register.

Families and Friends of Persons with Memory Loss
(see Memory Loss)

HIV Support Group
Meets every second and fourth Monday at 5 p.m.
Armour Academic Center, Room 143
600 S. Paulina St.
Contact Jan Fritsche at (312) 942-4810 for information.

Liver Transplant Support Group
Meets every Thursday at 2 p.m.
937 North Atrium classroom
1653 W. Congress Parkway
This support group is open to all liver transplant candidates and recipients and their families. The group offers an opportunity for current and former patients to meet others who are waiting for transplant or who are going through post transplant, and to learn more about the liver transplant process and coping strategies. Everyone will have the opportunity to share stories, feelings and concerns. This group is facilitated by the hospital chaplain, an advanced practice nurse and the outpatient liver transplant social worker. Please call Pat Granada, MSW, LCSW, at (312) 563-3869, with any questions.

Memory Loss: Families & Friends of Persons with Memory Loss
Cosponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Illinois
Meets second Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tower AB Dick Conference Room
1620 W. Harrison St., third floor, Suite 03510
Are you caring for someone with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer's disease? Join us for a support and education group for people who care for individuals affected by memory loss. Caregivers will share experiences and coping strategies and connect with others who truly understand the journey of a caregiver. Call (800)757-0202 to register.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group
Meets second Saturday of every month (except August) from 10 a.m. to noon.
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple St., Oak Park (back of cafeteria)
Reservations are encouraged. Call Luci Blasucci, RN, (312) 563-2900.

Perinatal Bereavement Support Group
This group meets first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Annex Building. Call (312) 942-RUSH for details or page Judy Friedrichs at (312) 942-6000, pager 5065.

Life After Stroke: An Education Class for Adult Survivors and Families
Offered by the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Rush
Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2 to3 p.m.
Tower AB Dick Conference Room
1620 W Harrison St., third floor, Suite 03510
Join us for a group offering support and information for adult stroke survivors and their families. A support team, including a physician, nurse, case manager, ethicist and spiritual care, will provide education and coping techniques for the changes that occur after a stroke. Free parking and light refreshments provided. Call (312) 563-2983 for information.

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