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Alopecia Areata Support Group

The group is organized with the support of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. All who are affected by alopecia (patients and loved ones) are welcome! Meets at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, 40 College Street, Hanover, NH. Check the Classes and Events calendar to find upcoming meeting dates. Contact kendra.mitchell@valley.net for more information.

Alopecia Areata Support Group - Nashua

The group is organized with the support of the National Alopecia Areata Foundation www.naaf.org. All who are affected by alopecia are welcome! Our meetings are held periodically at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua in Room D. For more information about the next meeting, please contact Karen Dintino (603) 801-4240 or email at karenaafnh@aol.com.

Alzheimer's Disease Support and Education Group

Caregivers and other family members are invited to attend these groups to participate in a helpful conversation with other caregivers about the challenges and joys of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. Learn more about the disease and ways of handling difficult situations realize that you are not alone. Sessions are led by Robert Santulli, MD, Director of the Dartmouth Memory Clinic.

  • The evening group is for children of a parent with dementia.
    Generally meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Please contact the Aging Resource Center to confirm dates as there are some exceptions: (603) 653-3460; AgingCenter@hitchcock.org.

    Location: Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Evergreen Center, Level 2, Lebanon, NH
  • The daytime group is for all caregivers.
    This group meets the second Friday of each month from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Location: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Health Education Center, Level 4, Lebanon, NH

For more information on either group, please call (603) 653-3460.

Aspergers: Upper Valley Asperger Support Group

This is a support group for parents of children with Aspergers Syndrome. Meets the third Saturday of each month from 2:15 to 3:15p.m. at Howe Library in Hanover. For more information contact Carl or Diane Mabey at (802) 698-8077 or email at uvasg@rocketmail.com.

Bariatric Surgery Support Group

For graduates of the DHMC Bariatric Surgery Program.

Cardiac "Heart to Heart" Support Group

For persons with heart disease or following heart surgery, and their family and friends. Call Gregory Cook, MSW, (603) 650-5797.

Caregiver Support Group (Sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice)

Available upon request, please call Meg Ames at (603) 526-4077 for more information.

A Caregiver Support Group (sponsored by ServiceLink of Grafton County)

This group meets regularly at noon on the third Wednesday of the month at the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Lebanon. Please call Jane Conklin at (603) 448-1558 prior to attending. The Aging and Disability Resource Center is located at 1 Campbell St., Lebanon NH 03766

CPAP Users Group Meetings by Phone

Monthly CPAP support and informational meeting for anyone who uses CPAP and wants to keep up to date on treatments and products. Hear from other users and sleep experts. This is a group meeting held by phone only the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This format is very popular. Call from the comfort of home. Free and all are welcome. Call toll free the night of the group meeting at 1-800-204-6655, access code 342-2187#. Registration or submit questions in advance optional. Go to www.nstherapy.com/cpaptalk.

DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)

A safe and friendly place for both those living with major depression and those living with Bipolar I and Bipolar II to share their experiences and coping techniques. Facilitated by Carolyn Sanders, and founded twenty years before by residents of the Upper Valley, meeting in a new, brighter space! Room 4H at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center every Tuesday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. but skips the third Tuesday of the month.

DEAF (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Empowerment & Advocacy for Families)

A support group for families with children who are hard of hearing. Email kirsten.elin@valley.net or call Toni LaMonica at (603) 653-1488.

Diabetes Education and Support Group for Children and Their Parents

Meets first, third, and fifth (when applicable) Wednesday of the month, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at DHMC, Family Center, Level 6 (PDF). Please register. Call Pediatrics (603) 653-9877.

Diabetes Insulin Pump Support Group

Meets quarterly. Call the Endocrinology Office, (603) 650-8630.

Diabetes Support Group

Meets in the spring and the fall. Call the Endocrinology Office at (603) 650-8630.

Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery Support Group

Information, education and support for patients who have had, or will have, epilepsy surgery and their families. Call Karen Secore, (603) 650-7533.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

A 12-step recovery program for individuals who suffer from overeating, bulimia, or anorexia. Call (866) 977-4700.

Heart Failure Education & Support Group

Meets the third Tuesday of every other month, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Health Education Center, Reception Area 4H. Map (PDF). Call (603) 650-2929 and ask for Nurse Care Managers Kathy or Sherry. Sponsored by Heart Failure & Cardiomyopathy Program at DHMC. All are welcome.

Hemophilia Patient/Family Group Discussion

Call Laurel McKernan, RN, (603) 650-5486.

Momentum

This group is facilitated by Linda Addante. It meets on Mondays at Second Growth. Call Linda at (802) 295-9800.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Groups

  • Upper Valley Support Group
    Meets the third Tuesday of every month, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Health Education Center, Level 4 (PDF) of DHMC. Call (603) 650-5111.
  • Charlestown, NH MS Self-Help Group
    Meets the second Thursday of every month at the Charlestown Police Department, Community Room, 28 Railroad Street, Charlestown, NH. Call Fred and Sara, (603) 826-9762, or Tammy, (603) 826-3772.
  • Brattleboro, VT MS Support Group
    Meets the first Monday of every month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Brooks Memorial Library Meeting Room, second floor, next to the Children's Library. Call Bruce, (802) 251-0928.
  • Springfield, VT Support Group
    Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Springfield Hospital Library at 6:00 p.m. Call Pat, (802) 226-7996, or Polli, (802) 738-9285.

NAMI - Upper Valley Affiliate, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Support group for family members and friends of people coping with serious mental illnesses. Meets second Monday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. West Central Behavorial Health Offices, 85 Mechanic Street - River Mill Complex in Lebanon. Contact Donna Stamper, (603) 863-2621 or email dstamp4@comcast.net.

Neuromuscular Diseases Patient/Family Support Group

Call Yoni Stevens at (603) 650-5789.

Nurture Your Spirit: A Support Group for Family Caregivers

A support group just for family caregivers. Enjoy tea, relaxation, and renewal. Ease your mind, share ideas, ask questions, and get encouragement. Sessions are led by Jeanne Childs, MA, Chaplain, and are held twice a month in the afternoon at the Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Level 2, Lebanon, NH. Call for more information: (603) 653-3460 or email AgingCenter@hitchcock.org.

Parkinson's Support Group

For patients with Parkinson's disease and those who care about them. For information, call Diane L. Church at (603) 653-6672.

Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

Meets the third Tuesday every other month 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Health Education Center, Reception Area 4H. Map (PDF). For information call (603) 650-7607 and ask for Nurse Care Managers Kathy or Sherry. Sponsored by Pulmonary Hypertension Program at DHMC. All are welcome.

Restless Leg Support Group

For more information, call Pip Richens at (603) 643-2624 or Deb Griffiths at (603) 448-3702. Pre-registration is requested.

Special Needs Support Center of the Upper Valley

For support, education and information, call Upper Valley Support Group at (603) 448-6311.

Stroke: Upper Valley Support Group

This support group meets the first Friday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. Stroke survivors, family members and caregivers are welcome to share their experiences and gain support, education and encouragement from others. Please note: Before attending for the first time, please contact the facilitator, Linda Wilkinson, at (802) 295-3037 or email mustbeorganized@aol.com. If you have questions, please contact Linda Wilkinson or the Aging Resource Center: (603) 653-3460, agingcenter@hitchcock.org.

Location: Aging Resource Center, Kramer Conference Room, 46 Centerra Parkway, 2nd Floor, Lebanon, NH

Teens with Chronic Physical Health Conditions Steps Toward Adult Responsibility (STAR)

This group supports and educates teens with chronic health conditions and their parents. Events throughout the school year. E-mail info@starprogram.net or call (603) 653-1495.

Tobacco: Living Free of Tobacco Support Group

Trying to quit tobacco? Come join this informal group of people who have quit or are trying to quit. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Health Education Center on Level 4 of the DHMC East Mall. Map (PDF). This support group is a free service of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Tobacco Treatment Clinic. Call (603) 653-9456 for more information. Drop-ins are welcome.

Traumatic Brain Injury Group in Lebanon

For survivors, family members and caregivers. Offered on the second Wednesday of the month at DHMC in the Fuller Board Room located on Level 3, 6 to 8 pm. To reach the Fuller Board Room from the Main Entrance, turn right at the rotunda desk and take the first right (across from the grand piano). The Fuller Board Room will be the second door on the left (large conference room). Call Mary Sue Turner for more information at (603) 650-5978.

Wit's End

A support group for family and friends of adolescents/young adults suffering from substance abuse/addiction. For more information, call Jackie Pierce at (802) 295-2982.

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