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Support Groups & Resources

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 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.

Support Groups

  • 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 the first and third Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Building D (Renaissance), Floor 1, Conference room 4. Registration required. Please call for more information and to register: 202-364-7602.

  • 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, 2 to 3:30 p.m. A 6-session program also meets twice annually. For grieving spouses and life partners under 70 years of age, a group meets evenings every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Call 202-537-4942 for more information and to register and learn location. Registration required.

  • 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 DC. Registration required. Call 202-364-7602 for more information.

  • Group leaders are Monte Skall and Zena Wilder, R.N. Support group meetings are on the first Sunday of the month in Building A, Floor 1, Conference room 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration required. For more information about Lyme disease or the schedule for this free event, please call National Capital Lyme Disease Association 703-821-8833. For additional information, visit

  • 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

  • For those living with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, their care partners and family members. Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Grand Oaks Assisted Living (5901 MacArthur Boulevard, NW, DC). Group leader: Marti Bailey. Registration required. Please call 202-364-7602.

  • Group leader: Jenni Knittig, R.N., Sibley stroke coordinator. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Building A (Medical Building), Floor 2, Room 5. A light lunch is included. 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. For more information, please contact Jenni Knittig at 202-660-7413 or

  • 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. Cure PSP will be offering a support group on the third Saturday of each month for individuals and their care partners as well as family members diagnosed with PSP, CBD and MSA. Members of our support group 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. 2 to 4 p.m., Building A, second floor, room 5. For more information and to register, contact Stephan Goldman at 301-330-6954 or Safia Al Sadoon at 646-546-8685.

Cancer Support Groups and Resources

  • 3rd Wednesday of every month | noon-1 | Building B, Medical Oncology Conference Room
    Contact: Susan Ely, N.P. | 202-537-4765 |

    A monthly, open discussion support group for people living with advanced or metastatic disease, facilitated by Susan Ely, N.P.

  • 2nd Wednesday of every month | noon-1 | Building B, Medical Oncology Conference Room
    Contact: Meagan Paulk, M.S.W. | 202-537-4107 |

    This monthly open-discussion group is a place for patients and their families to gain support and friendship.

  • 3rd Wednesday of every month | 6-7 pm| Building B, Medical Oncology Conference Room
    Contact: Jacqueline Buschmann, M.S.W. | 202-660-5777 |

    This monthly group offers a place of support for patients being actively treated for breast cancer, up to stage 3, and are no more than 12 months out from chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation.

  • 2nd Tuesday of every month | 2-3 pm | Building B, Medical Oncology Conference Room
    Contact: Samantha Rockler, M.S.W. | 202-537-4107 |

    This monthly group is a place where patients can meet others going through similar experiences and gain support and friendship.


Workshops and Classes

Coping with Cancer: What Caregivers Need to Know

Saturday, May 9 | 12-3:00 pm
Contact: Samantha Rockler, M.S.W. | 202-537-4107

Come share an afternoon with other caregivers, enjoy lunch, and hear from Sibley experts about caregiving concerns; including health insurance, disability, estate planning, financial matters, employment, FMLA, coping with a cancer diagnosis, intimacy, respite, and stress management for the caregiver. Registration is required.

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, March 23 | 10 am -12 pm
Contact: Pam Goetz | 202-243-2320 |

A free program for women in active cancer treatment to learn how to cope with skin changes and hair loss. Facilitated by trained cosmetologist and aesthetician. Registration required at

Meditation and Mindfulness: for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers

Every Thursday | 7-8 pm | Call for location
Contact: Pam Goetz, OPN-CG | 202-243-2320 |

Open to cancer patients, family, and friends to learn about and practice mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness, improve sleep and boost the immune system.

Stronger and Healthier Together – Cancer Survivorship Series

Call for dates | 6:00-8:00 pm
Contact: Pam Goetz | 202.243.2320 |

Four-week series for individuals who have completed treatment in the last 1-2 years. Program includes experts discussing nutrition, stress reduction, lymphedema risk reduction, exercise, emotional health, and side effect management. Participants will have one-on-one consultations with certified health coach. Registration required.

Yin/Yang Yoga for Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Every Saturday | 10-11 am | Call for location
Contact: Pamela Goetz, OPN-CG | 202-243-2320 |

A balanced practice for relaxing the nervous system and restoring strength for people ages 18-45.

Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Every Monday | 7-8:15 pm | Mat Yoga
Every Wednesday | 10-11 am | Chair Yoga
Every Friday | 1-2 pm | Combined chair/mat Yoga

Contact: Pamela Goetz, OPN-CG | 202-243-2320 |

Restorative yoga for people in treatment for or with a history of cancer. Yoga instructors have specific training to safely teach yoga to individuals who have had surgery, radiation or systemic treatment. Practice focuses on balance, stretching, and breathing. Call for location and more information.

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