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Monmouth Medical Center Presents June Support Groups

05/20/2013

MOTHER TO MOTHER SUPPORT GROUP
Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 & 24 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Once your baby arrives, join other new mothers to talk about what you are experiencing. Discussions will be led by a registered nurse on topics including infant behavior, feeding, sleeping patterns and crying, as well as recovering from childbirth. Newborns up to age 6 months and fathers are welcome. The program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6990. Free.

SHORE-AREA STROKE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, June 5, 12, & 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.
This group offers support and education for stroke survivors, their families, caregivers and friends who are coping with recovery from stroke. This support group, which features monthly speakers on stroke-related topics, is held at The Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls Cafeteria, located at 2 Centre Plaza. For information and to register, contact Shirley Maguire at 732-460-6743. Free.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Grandparent caregivers face many challenges including health issues, financial difficulties and lack of emotional support. This free ongoing weekly group helps address these issues in a supportive and caring environment. Once-monthly “family dinners” provide an opportunity for further support for grandparents and for the children under their care. This program will be held at the Maysie Stroock Pavilion at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. To register, call 732-730-9112. Free.

US TOO: PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 6 from 7 to 9 p.m.
This free support group provides mutual support, information and education for men with prostate cancer and their partners or loved ones. The group is held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch. To register, call 732-923-7582. Free.

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Mondays, June 10 & 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This professionally led psychoeducational group is for family members interested in learning more about mental illness. This group meets at the Community Connections Building, located at 75 N. Bath Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling Jenna Rinaldi at 732-923-6999

ADULT PULMONARY SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, June 11 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon
This support group is cosponsored by Monmouth Medical Center and the American Lung Assn. Of New Jersey for adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic asthma, asthma or bronchitis and their families. This month’s topic is “Hydration and Sun Protection.” This group meets in the Joel Opatut Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Education Room (ST012), at the Maysie Stroock Pavilion, on the corner of Pavilion and Second Avenues in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6990. Free.

OVARIAN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, June 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
This group offers women diagnosed with ovarian, cervical and endometrial or uterine cancer and their family members an opportunity to actively participate in healing after a cancer diagnosis. The group will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch. Registration is required by calling Leslie Shephard, RN, OCN at 732-923-7811. Free.

LIVING SMOKE FREE SUPPORT GROUP
Tuesday, June 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
If you’re thinking about going smoke free, are struggling to quit or have recently quit, join us for tips and support to help you maintain a smoke free life including stress management, and weight control. Information about our quit program will also be provided. This group will take place at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123. Free.

LIVING WITH EARLY-STAGE BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, June 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
This group offers a safe, caring environment where women can meet the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis, obtain information and share their concerns with others who understand. The group will be held at the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center Library at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For registration and information, call 732-923-7582. Free.

CLEFT PALATE SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
This support group provides parents of children with a cleft lip or palate a forum to discuss shared concerns and explore resources. For registration, time and location, call Helene Henkel at 732-923-7653. Free.

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WITH ORAL, HEAD AND NECK CANCER (SPHONC)
Thursday, June 13 from 6 to 7 p.m.
This patient-directed, non-profit, self-help organization is dedicated to meeting the emotional, physical and humanistic needs of oral, head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers. Monthly meetings offer information, support and encouragement to newly-diagnosed patients, survivors, family members and friends. This group will be held in the Radiation Oncology Lounge Waiting Room at Monmouth Medical Center located at 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch. For registration and information, call Rebecca Kopke at 732-923-6473. Free.

MOMS OF MULTIPLES SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Come join the only Moms of Multiples Support Group in the area. Led by a registered nurse and a mother of multiples herself, topics will include feeding and caring for more than one baby, sleep patterns and behaviors, getting out of the house, relationship changes and more. Meet and network with other new moms whose situations are similar to your own. Babies are welcome. This program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling
732-923-6990. Free.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, June 19 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Through support and education, people with diabetes learn how to become self-sufficient in the daily management of the disease. Facilitated by Monmouth Medical Center’s Center for Diabetes Education staff, the group will be held at Monmouth Medical Center in the Maysie Stroock Pavilion, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. To register, call 732-923-5025. Free.

VOICES: SICKLE CELL SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 20 from 2 to 3 p.m.
This program provides individuals with sickle cell disease a format to express their feelings, concerns, joys and pains with others in a supportive, non-judgmental and confidential environment. Sponsored by Central-Northern NJ Sickle Cell Network, this program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For more information, call Sandra Sledge at 973-926-7845. Free.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Monday, June 24 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
This group offers support to caregivers and family members coping with Alzheimer’s disease. It will be held in the Geriatric Conference Room at Monmouth Medical Center’s Maysie Stroock Pavilion, located on the corner of Pavilion and Second Avenues in Long Branch. Registration is required by contacting Robin DeNucci, CSW at 732-923-7560. Free.

LIVING WITH METASTATIC BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, June 26 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
This group offers a safe, caring environment where women can meet the challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis, obtain information and share their concerns with others who understand. This group is held at the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Ave., Long Branch. For registration and information, call 732-923-7582. Free.

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
This is the only support group in New Jersey for parents of children with IBD! It is co-sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) – NJ Chapter. Designed for children with IBD and their parents, this meeting will be facilitated by Jonathan E. Teitelbaum, MD or Tina S. Rakitt, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologists, and an art therapist who works with the children. This group will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. For information call 732-923-6080, ext. 2. Free.

WEIGHT LOSS INSTITUTE OF NEW JERSEY SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.
This is a professionally run support group for individuals who have undergone or are considering surgical weight loss procedures. Discussions are led by multidisciplinary team members, including the program director, registered dietitian and clinical psychologist. This group is held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Pre-registration is required by calling 1-888-724-7123. Free.

ADULT ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER (ADD) SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 27 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
This support group is for adults with ADD and their significant others. It will be held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue, Long Branch. For information, contact Dr. Robert LoPresti at 732-842-4553. Free.

CHILDREN/ADOLESCENTS EXPERIENCING LOSS
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Professionally led support group for children and adolescents dealing with grief over the loss of a loved one. This program will be held at Monmouth Medical Center located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6990.

DIABETES INSULIN PUMP SUPPORT GROUP
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If you wear an insulin pump or your physician has suggested you begin to use one, please join us to discuss insulin pump therapy. This professionally-run support group for people with diabetes will offer education and mutual support. Call The Center for Diabetes Education at Monmouth Medical Center for more information at 732-923-5025. Free.

JOURNEY OF HOPE: BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
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This group offers support for spouses or partners who lost their loved one to a brain tumor. Share stories, tears, laughter and together find hope. This group is held at the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Ave. in Long Branch. For details, call Wendy Berk, LCSW at 732-672-7165. Free.

KIDS NEED SUPPORT, TOO
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This group offers support for children and adolescents who have family members diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses. This professionally-run group will allow children to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences with others in similar situations to help decrease their feelings of isolation and encourage coping skills. It is held at Monmouth Medical Center, located at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. Registration is required by calling 732-923-6990. Free.

KOGAN CELIAC CENTER SUPPORT GROUP
Call for schedule.
This group provides mutual support and education for patients and family members to improve the health and well-being of those living with celiac disease. This group is held at Monmouth Medical Center’s Maysie Stroock Pavilion #A001, located at 300 Second Ave., Long Branch. For information, call 973-322-7260. Free.

PEDIATRIC DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Call for schedule.
Meet with other patients and family members who are dealing with similar challenges and bring your ideas and questions. For registration, location and information, contact Lisa Ball-O’Brien, LSW, CDE at 732-935-7143. Free.

NOTE: ALL PROGRAMS MEET AT MONMOUTH MEDICAL CENTER, 300 SECOND AVENUE, LONG BRANCH, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

For questions or more information, contact The Community Health Education Department at Monmouth Medical Center at (732) 923-6990.

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