Support Group Activites

Epilepsy has a great impact on the lives of patients and their caregivers. The impact of epilepsy can cause isolation, prejudice, unemployment, personal relationship difficulties, negative self-image, and low self-esteem. The psychosocial problems experienced by people with epilepsy can cause greater loss to quality of life than the seizures themselves. The impact of epilepsy can be seen in families as well. Living with epilepsy is demanding for both patients and their caregivers.

For caregivers, emotional problems can interfere with work and other daily activities and the burden that they carry can lead to depression, anxiety, and loss of vitality. Therefore education and support are necessary and vital for persons with epilepsy and their caregivers. Accurate information, resources, plan of action/care, and social support can lead to improved quality of life. Support Groups throughout Eastern PA meet regularly for discussion and mutual peer support. View our calendar and stay up to date on the support group meetings in your area.

The EFEPA is always looking for feedback on new service areas. We’d love to hear from you through this brief survey about support groups!

Choose a region for details and times of Support Group Meetings:

Allentown

Berks County

Bucks County

Delaware County

Easton

Lancaster

Monroe County

Philadelphia

Scranton

Wilkes Barre

Wayne & Pike County

Berks County

Location: Reading Hospital & Medical Center, Sixth Ave and Spruce Street, West Reading, PA, R ground Conference Room 2. Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday at 6:30pm, unless otherwise noted.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Kerri Michnya at kmichnya@efepa.org or (800) 887-7165 x104.

February 13, 2014 – CANCELLED due to inclement weather

April 10, 2014

June 12, 2014

August 14, 2014

October 9, 2014

December 11, 2014

Bucks County

Location: St Mary Medical Center, Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Langhorne, PA, Medical Conference Room, 1st Floor. Meetings are held every 1st Thursday and begin at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there!

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Sue Livingston, Education Coordinator at slivingston@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x102. Co-facilitators are Sue Livingston and Denise Taylor.

January 2, 2014

February 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

April 3, 2014

May 1, 2014

June 5, 2014

August 7, 2014 

September 4, 2014

October 2, 2014

November 6, 2014

December 4, 2014

Delaware County

Location: Riddle Hospital, 1088 Baltimore Pike, Media,PA. Community Education Center, Lobby Level of Health Center 3 (Outpatient Pavilion). Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month and begin at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there.

January 15, 2014

February 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

April 16, 2014

May 21, 2014

June 18, 2014

July 16, 2014

September 17, 2014

October 15, 2014

November 19, 2014

Easton

Location: St. Lukes – Anderson Campus, Medical Office Bldg., Conference Room – Lower Level; 1872 Riverside Circle, Easton, PA 18045.
Meetings are held every 2nd Tuesday and begin at 6pm.

To register please call St. Lukes Infoline at (866) 785-8537 and reference their monthly Epilepsy Education Group.

January 14, 2014

February 11, 2014

March 11, 2014–“Making the Most of Your Office Visit” Preparing for your office visit can help you achieve the best outcome.  Find out some tips and some tools that can help you make the most of your office visit.

April 8, 2014–“Understanding EEG’s” EEG (electroencephalogram) is a common test when evaluating for seizures/epilepsy.  This presentation will provide information on the specifics of the testing and the different types of EEG testing.  Video Monitoring will also be discussed.

May 13, 2014

June 10, 2014

July 8, 2014

August 12, 2014

September 9, 2014

October 14, 2014

November 11, 2014

December 9, 2014

Lancaster

Location: 142 Park City Center, Community Meeting Room, Kohl’s wing, Lancaster PA. Meetings are held the 4th Wednesday of the month and begin at 6pm, unless otherwise noted. Hope to see you there!

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Kerri Michnya, Lancaster Coordinator at kmichnya@efepa.org or 800-887-7165 x104.

January 22, 2014

February 26, 2014

March 19, 2014

April 23, 2014

June 25, 2014

August 27, 2014

September 24, 2014

October 22, 2014

November 19, 2014

December 17, 2014

Allentown

Location: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Kasych Family Pavilion, 1250 South Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown, PA, 18105. Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday and begin at 6pm. Hope to see you there!

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Ellen Baca, Lehigh Valley Coordinator at lv@efepa.org or (610) 737-0613.

January 9, 2014

February 13, 2014- CANCELLED due to inclement weather

March 13, 2014

April 10, 2014

May 8, 2014

June 12, 2014

July 10, 2014

August 14, 2014

September 11, 2014

October 9, 2014

November 13, 2014

December 11, 2014

Monroe County

Neurology Associates of Monroe County
3 Parkinsons RoadEast Stroudsburg, PA 18301

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Ellen Baca, Lehigh Valley Coordinator at lv@efepa.org or (610) 737-0613.

Philadelphia

Location: JFK Community MH/MR Center located at 112 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Meetings are held every 1st Tuesday and begin at 6:15pm. Hope to see you there!

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Susan Bolno, Adult Resources Coordinator at adultservices@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x103

January 7, 2014

February 4, 2014

March 4, 2014

April 1, 2014

May 6, 2014

June 3, 2014

July 1, 2014

August 5, 2014

September 2, 2014

October 7, 2014

December 2, 2014

Scranton

Location: CMC Professional Bldg., CME Room, 1st Floor, 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton, PA. Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday and begin at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Mary Loughlin. She may be reached at epilepsywv@efepa.org or (570) 592-1150.

January 15, 2014

February 19, 2014

March 19, 2014

April 16, 2014

May 21, 2014

June 18, 2014

July 16, 2014

August 20, 2014

September 17, 2014

October 17, 2013

November 2014 – TBA

December 2014 – TBA

Wilkes-Barre

Location: John Heinz Institute, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Located in the Patient Dining Room unless otherwise specified. Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday and begin at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Marianne Sailus, the facilitator of the support group meetings. She may be reached at the John Heinz Institute at 570-830-2039.

January 22, 2014

February 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

April 23, 2014

May 28, 2014

June 25, 2014

July 23, 2014

August 27, 2014

September 24, 2014

October 22, 2014

November 2014 – TBA

December 2014 – TBA

Wayne & Pike County

Location: Hawley Senior Center, VFW Bld., 300 Park Place, Hawley, PA. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday each month at 6:00 pm.

To RSVP, please contact Mary Loughlin at (570) 592-1150. Support Group Facilitator –Linda Olsen

January 28, 2014

February 25, 2014

March 25, 2014

April 22, 2014

May 27, 2014

June 24, 2014

July 22, 2014

August 26, 2014

September 23, 2014

October 28, 2014

November 25, 2014

December 2014 — TBA