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Support Groups

Effective Thursday, March 12, until further notice, we have decided to cancel all community classes and events at Sibley out of an abundance of caution.

We now offer our support groups and exercise classes and events over zoom.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and look forward to resuming classes when we feel it is safe to do so. Please check and our Facebook page for ongoing updates.

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Sibley offers a variety of support groups to our Senior Association members and to the community. Support groups are free, ongoing and open to new members. Call the numbers listed for more information and registration.

Care Partner Support Group

This support group is for persons who are caring for someone who needs assistance. It may simply be the challenges of aging or chronic illness, such as Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, or even because of mental health issues. You are also welcome if your loved one is long distance or in a care community. Group leader: Marianne Panke, M.A., L.M.T. This group meets regularly during the month via Zoom.

Registration required. Please email Marianne Panke at for more information and to register.

Bereavement Support for Widowed Persons

Widowed Person Outreach - Helping and Healing offers support groups for people who have been widowed two years or less. An ongoing group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month via conference call or Zoom. For grieving spouses and life partners under 70 years of age, a group meets evenings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday via Zoom.

Please call 202-537-4942 and leave a message on the voice mail system. A volunteer will be in touch with you.

Club Memory

Club Memory is a supportive, social engagement group for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and their care partners or family. Club Memory meets at multiple locations throughout D.C. on-line and over the phone via Zoom.

Registration required.

Please email Sharon Sellers at, Marianne Panke at, or call 202-364-7602 for more information.

Lyme Disease Support

National Capital Lyme Disease Association - for information about Lyme disease and other events, offerings and support resources including Zoom meeting groups, please call the National Capital Lyme Disease Association at 703-821-8833 or visit

DC Area Myotonic Dystrophy Support

This social support group is for people with myotonic dystrophy. For more information please contact Pat Dinsmore at 202-361-1087 or by email at

Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Support

For those living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, their care partners and family members. Meets the second Thursday of the month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Group leader: Marti Bailey. Please call 202-364-7602 for more information or to register.


Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Care Partner Support Group

For care partners and family members of those who are living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. This new group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. Group leader: Marti Bailey. Please call 202-364-7602 for more information or to register.

PSP Support Group

CurePSP is the leading nonprofit organization working to improve awareness, education, care and cure for devastating prime-of-life neurodegenerative diseases. These include progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), multiple system atrophy (MSA) and others. CurePSP offers many virtual support groups for individuals, care partners and family members diagnosed with PSP, CBD and MSA. Support groups help provide emotional and practical support to those diagnosed and their loved ones, and reduce the sense of isolation associated with these rare brain diseases. Metro DC Support Group for PSP/MSA/CBD patients and caregivers meets every 3rd Saturday of the month on Zoom from 2 to 4 p.m.

Please contact Kristen Weidner at to register or visit to view CurePSP’s virtual support group offerings.

Stroke Support Group

The Stroke Support Group offers survivors, their caregivers and other family members a chance to share concerns and support each other. Professionals from various disciplines provide advice, resources and timely updates and information about post stroke recovery in an informal setting. The Stroke Support Group meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. over Zoom.

For more information, please contact Amy Chew, Group Leader at or Jenni Knittig, Sibley Stroke Coordinator at 202-660-7413.

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