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 Sibley.org and our Facebook page for ongoing updates.
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 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.
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, 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.
Lyme Disease Support
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 https://natcaplyme.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
Stroke Support Group
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 JKnitti1@jhmi.edu..
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. 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.