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Support Groups

Sibley offers a variety of support groups to our Senior Association members and to the community. To register for most of the support groups below, please call 202-364-7602. Otherwise, please call the number or follow the link listed under each support group for more information and to register.

Alzheimer’s

Meets the first Wednesday of each month. All meetings are from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Leaders are Debbie Ackerman and Abby Levin.
Meeting rooms vary; please see the calendar for more information.

Arthritis

All About Arthritis: Arthritis Support Group—Arthritis and Your Hands meets the fourth Friday of every month, from noon to 1 p.m. Led by one of our occupational therapists, including Sibley’s Janet Platt.
Meeting rooms vary; see the calendar for more information.

Bereavement Support For Widowed Persons

Widowed Persons Outreach—Helping and Healing offers support groups for people who have been widowed for two years or less. An ongoing group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC) and includes a twice annual six-week program.

Call 202-537-4942 to register and for more information. Please see the calendar for more information for our next six-week bereavement group date.

Cardiac Implant Support

For those with any implanted cardiac device or those who are being advised to consider an implanted cardiac device. Led by Jan Schoenheimer and Brian Lewis, M.D.
Please see the calendar information on the next meeting date, time and room information.

Club Memory

Club Memory is a supportive social group for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and their caregivers or family. Meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at MMUMC.
Call 202-364-7602 for location and time of special Club Memory events. Please see the calendar for more information on upcoming events.

Diabetes

Diabetes Support Group meetings are held at either Sibley Memorial Hospital or Suburban Hospital. If you have any questions about diabetes, call Rose Oshinsky, R.N., CDE, program coordinator and certified diabetes educator, at 202-537-4145.
Please see the calendar for more information on the next Diabetes Support Group meeting date, time and location.

Lyme Disease

Meets first Sunday of each month (except in January, July and September). Led by Monte Skall and Zena Wilder, R.N. For more information about Lyme disease, please call National Capital Lyme Disease Association at 703-821-8833.
Please see the calendar for location and time.

Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common eye condition among people age 50 years and older. It can gradually destroy the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp central vision needed for seeing objects clearly. Although AMD does not cause complete blindness, it can present many unexpected challenges. For instance, people with vision loss are almost twice as likely than those with normal vision to experience multiple falls, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The Sibley Senior Association and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington cosponsor the Macular Degeneration Network support group. The support group offers opportunities to maximize independence by sharing the latest research, rehabilitative techniques and information about transportation, recreation and fellowship for those with vision loss.

Meets second Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Please see the calendar to see the topic for upcoming months and for location.

Mild Cognitive Impairment

For people with a physician diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Led by Anne Gosling, Ph.D.
Please see the calendar for more information.

Ostomy

This group supports both the person with an ostomy and their care partner and is hosted by one of Sibley’s Ostomy R.N.s. Meets the third Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Please see the calendar for more information.

Parkinson’s

For those living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, their caregivers and family members. Meets the second Thursday of each month, 3 p.m.–4 p.m. at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility.
Please see the calendar for more information on the upcoming meeting topic.

Stroke

For those who have had a stroke, their caregivers and family members. Led by Jenni Knittig, R.N. Sibley stroke coordinator. Meets the third Wednesday of every month.
Call 202-660-7413 to register. Please see the calendar for more information on the meeting location.

Cancer Support

Breast Cancer

Support services for breast cancer patients, survivors and families. Includes the Coping Skills and After Treatment Transition groups.
For information on times, dates and location, call breast nurse navigator Jennie Tarica, R.N., at 202-370-6545.

Look Good … Feel Better

Guidance for women on how to look healthy and stylish while receiving cancer treatment. Meets every other month on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Suburban Hospital.
Call Judy Macon, R.N., at 301-896-2445 for location and registration.

Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors

Weekly meditative gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self. Mondays, starting January 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Medical Building, Conference Room 2. Cost is $10 per class, with scholarships available.
Register on our event calendar or call 202-243-2320. Walk-ins with cash or check welcome if space permits.

Meditation and Mindfulness: Tools for Alleviating Stress Post Cancer Diagnosis

Join facilitator Anne Gosling, Ph.D, and others with a history of cancer to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that uses focus on breathing. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness, improving sleep and boosting the immune system. No prior experience required. Thursdays starting in January from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Main Hospital, Ground Floor Private Dining Room 3 (next to the Windows Cafeteria).
Register on our event calendar or call 202-243-2320. Walk-ins welcome.