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Support Groups

Siskin Hospital understands the importance of camaraderie and encouragement when coping with a new or ongoing medical condition.

Siskin Hospital is proud to host or sponsor Support Groups that are designed to address the social, emotional, medical and legal issues facing community members and their families who may be experiencing chronic health conditions.

To learn how you and your family can be involved in a Support Group at Siskin Hospital, please email supportgroups@siskinrehab.org.

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ALS Support Group

When: Fourth Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Where: Brainerd Baptist Church BX
Contact: Patty Lane, Director of Care Services, TN Chapter (423.803.6887)
Email: pat.flowers@alstn.org

Mission Statement:  Leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

November 26:  Join us for this month’s meeting – feel free to bring your lunch!

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Chattanooga Adventurers and Assistance Dogs Social Group

When: Third Thursday, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: TBD
Contact: Amy Kerin 423.697.0957
Email: cadasocialgroup@gmail.com

Mission Statement: This is a social group for young adults/adults with disabilities and their Assistance Dogs. This is a great way for your Assistance Dog to meet new friends and get together monthly to enjoy different activities while making some lifelong friends! If you would like to work on some basic training touchups with your Assistance Dog, there will be a trainer at the meetings, so it’s a great way to keep your Assistance Dog working in style. This will also be a great way to advocate for people who have Assistance Dogs and educate the community on why they are a vital part of our lives!

November 21: We hope to see you at our meeting this month! Please contact Amy for information on the meeting location.

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Chattanooga Area Brain Injury Association Support Groups

Contact: Lisa Morgan 423.634.1572
Website: www.cabiatn.org
Email: chattanoogabraininjury@gmail.com

Mission Statement: CABIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality services in order to prevent and increase the awareness of brain injuries and to achieve optimal outcomes for brain injury survivors. Further, we are committed to advocating on behalf of brain injury survivors and their family members in order for them to achieve the highest quality of life.

Chattanooga Support Group

When: Third Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)

November 19: Join us for a “Thankful Dinner”! This will be a combined Chattanooga/Cleveland survivor/caregiver group. Please RSVP no later than November 8 for this catered meal with the number of attendees. Hope to see you there! Questions? Call 634-1572 or email.

Cleveland Support Group

When: Third Monday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
3405 Peerless Road, Cleveland, TN 37312

No meeting in November: Cleveland group is invited to the Thankful Dinner (see Chattanooga group info, above).

North Georgia Support Group**

When: Second Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: The Jimmy Simpson Foundation
9558 North Highway 27, Rock Spring, GA 30739
706.375.9520
**Please call for Meeting Times, Dates & Locations.

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Epilepsy Foundation Support Group**

Contact: Mark Harvey
Email: mharvey@epilepsy-setn.org
Epilepsy Foundation Website: www.epilepsy-setn.org

Mission Statement: We strive to support and educate those of all backgrounds and ages who are affected by seizures. We begin with an educational speaker, then transition to open discussion between group attendees. It is also our hope that positive relationships and support nets will flourish as a result of our meetings.- Chattanooga Support Group

Chattanooga Support Group

When: First Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Where: UTC Classroom, Outpatient Pavilion
**Please RSVP for meeting attendance, as we provide a light meal for attendees. 24

November 7: Hope to see you at this month’s meeting! A light meal will be provided. RSVP to reserve your spot! Email.

Cleveland Support Group

When: Second Thursday, 5:45 p.m.
Where: Tennova Healthcare (Bradley Room)
**Please RSVP for meeting attendance, as we provide a light meal for attendees.

November 14: Hope to see you at this month’s meeting! Light meal provided. For more information and to RSVP, contact Mark Harvey by email.

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Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

When: Second Tuesday, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Wally’s Restaurant, 6521 Ringgold Road, East Ridge, TN 37412 (private room)
Contact: Jennifer, 919.602.8585 or Rick, 423.421.2228
Email: MSChattgroup@gmail.com

Mission Statement: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists because there are people with MS. Our vision is a world free of MS. Everything we do is focused so that people affected by MS can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.

November 12: Join us for a presentation by Tracy Tracy, OT with Alabama Neurology Associates, who will speak on the TEAMS (Tele-Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis) research study and the benefits of exercise related to MS. This research study will compare physical therapy exercises delivered in a clinic with completing the same exercises viewed on a tablet at home.

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

When: First Tuesday, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Will Hutchinson 423.634.1578
Email: whutchinson@siskinrehab.org

Mission Statement: This group exists to provide fellowship, information, and support to those individuals who have recently or long ago been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend as well. Through once a month meetings, friendships are formed in which true support for one another actually takes place. Additionally, the format of the meeting seeks to be centered around a presentation made by a healthcare professional or an individual with Parkinson’s Disease familiar with what you are or will soon be experiencing. Plenty of time is provided for asking questions and seeking new insight at each month’s meeting as well. If you are seeking a chance to learn from others while experiencing support and fellowship on your journey with Parkinson’s Disease, please visit this group. It is vitally important to know you are not the only one experiencing the challenges that Parkinson’s Disease presents on a daily basis. Please contact me if I can be of any help in any way!

Learn more about LSVT Treatment options for individuals who have Parkinson’s Disease.

November 5:  Dr. Derek Liuzzo and Dr. Nancy Fell, both UTC professors of physical therapy, will lead our time together assisting those present with balance and fall prevention tips. Come join us!

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Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group meets quarterly and for special events.

When: First Thursday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Taylor Campbell, OTD/OTR/L (group leader); Jorden Springer, DPT; Micah Peppers, COTA/L
Email: SpinalCordSupportGroup@siskinrehab.org

November 7: Siskin Hospital psychologist Gina DelGardo, PhD, will open the meeting and introduce guest speaker Robbie Crosslin, a spinal cord injury survivor, followed by open discussion. Please RSVP by Monday, November 4 to spinalcordsupportgroup@siskinrehab.org or call 634-1579 with the number of attendees.

Mission Statement: We strive to improve the quality of life and independence of those whose lives have been affected by a spinal cord injury through education and support from peers. With assistance from various professionals, community resources, and client success stories, we hope to provide a useful tool for enhancing community participation. We want to equip individuals with SCI and caregivers with information to promote healthy living.

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Stroke Support Group

When: Third Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Siskin Hospital, Main Conference Center (2nd Floor)
Contact: Caitlin Fisher 423.634.1579
Email: cfisher@siskinrehab.org

Mission Statement: We strive to improve the quality of life and independence of those whose lives have been affected by stroke through education and support from peers. With assistance from various professionals, community resources, and client success stories, we hope to provide useful resources and encouragement that will enhance community participation, inspire new perspectives, and promote having fun. We aim to help equip stroke survivors and caregivers with information to promote healthy living. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend.

November 21: Hope to see you there!

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For more information on any of the Support Groups, please email supportgroups@siskinrehab.org.