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Support Groups

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

In partnership with the Joe Niekro Foundation.

Third Thursday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This support group will begin with a guest speaker and then smaller group discussions led by facilitators who are trained by the JNF. All patients or caregivers for brain aneurysms are welcome.

Cancer Networking Group - Gilda's Club Chicago

Mondays, 1 to 2 p.m.

Come and join us for a discussion among cancer patients, caregivers, family and friends.

Caregiver Support Group - Gilda's Club Chicago

First and third Thursdays of the month, 3 to 4 p.m.

This group offers an opportunity to meet other family members or caregivers to share experiences and learn from others.

Diabetes Support and Education Group

The last Friday of every month, 2 to 4 p.m.

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.

Emotional Wellness Group for Caregivers

This emotional wellness group will help family and friends who are caring for an adult or older adult gain new tools to better adapt to their role as caregiver, and better care for themselves and the person they are supporting.

In this group we will work through the stress of caregiving, process difficult emotions, enhance coping and communication skills, and engage in relaxation exercises and mindfulness techniques.

This class will meet every Friday from January 22nd through March 18th, and will be billable to most insurances.

Latina Breast Cancer Support Group

In partnership with ALAS-Wings and the Latina Association for Breast Cancer.

Second Tuesday of the month, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This support group provides a place for Hispanic/Latina breast cancer survivors and their families to share their stories, concerns, and celebrations. Together we offer support for the whole person, by providing information, empathy, and friendship. Our groups are facilitated in Spanish.

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 to 3 p.m.

Join us for a group offering support and information for adult stroke survivors and their families. A support team, including a rehabilitation physician and stroke education nurse, will provide education and coping techniques for the changes that occur after a stroke.

For more information, please call (312) 563-2983. Parking in the Rush garage is available with validation. Light refreshments provided.

Liver Transplant Support Group

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 ask the unit clerk for the room number when you arrive.

Memory Loss: Support for Families and Friends

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.

Meets second Monday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Cosponsored by the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Illinois.

Mother Baby - Breastfeeding Support Group

Weekly support for moms and their babies.

Join us Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Mother Baby Unit conference room, 880 Atrium. Take elevator A to the eighth floor. Come rain or shine, each and every Monday.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

In partnership with Gilda's Club Chicago.

The program is led by a myeloma specialist at Rush, a nurse and a speaker on supportive care issues. It is designed to provide valuable information about multiple myeloma; supportive care strategies that help manage some of the continuing effects of the disease, such as pain, peripheral neuropathy, stress, and fatigue, as well as future therapies. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with other patients and caregivers whose lives have been affected by myeloma; thus, promoting support and friendship.

This event is open to all patients with multiple myeloma: newly diagnosed, undergoing treatment, or survivors. Caregivers and family members are also welcome.

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

This group meets on the second Saturday of every month (Except August) at our Rush Oak Park Hospital in the Centennial Room.

The program is an educational and support group for both care-partners and patients. More advanced patients are welcome, though the group is not exclusive to patients at other stages. This group begins with a continental breakfast at 9:30am, followed by an hour-long education series. In the last hour, patients and care-partners split into two groups to discuss separately.

Partners in Caring: Westside Perinatal Support Group

This group meets first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This group is staffed by professionals from Rush, Stroger and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Parents who have experienced a pregnancy loss or infant death are welcome. The program provides opportunities to share personal stories and promotes healthy grieving with the support of those with similar experiences.

Rush Ostomy Support Group

First Thursday of every month from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, beginning February 4, 2016.

The purpose of the Rush Ostomy Support Group is to bring people living with ostomies together for mutual support, for camaraderie, to learn more about ostomies and related issues and to improve their ability to live with an ostomy.

Throat Cancer Group - Gilda's Club Chicago

Second Thursday of the month, noon to 2 p.m.

This monthly group will consist of discussions, question and answer periods, and education.

Without Warning: Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Support

Inspired by someone affected by younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, Without Warning supports and empowers individuals and their families who face Alzheimer's disease early in life. Designed to enhance vitality and quality of life, Without Warning's specifically tailored programs offer individuals and their families opportunities for education and support. By realizing that "we are not alone," we hope individuals and their family members will find purpose, dignity and the opportunity to live each day with meaning and grace.

Meeting for the family: A monthly meeting for individuals and their family members who are living with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Meeting for adult children: A bimonthly meeting for adult children, college age and older.

Meeting for the Children - A bimonthly meeting for children, first grade through high school.

Women of Color with Cancer - Gilda's Club Chicago

Second Tuesday of the month, noon to 1 p.m.

A monthly group for women of color to discuss issues facing us when living with cancer.

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease Support Group

The Young Onset Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Patients who have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and are in the age range of 60 and younger are welcome.