Support Group Activities

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Epilepsy effects much more than just the brain–it has a great impact on your daily life and loved ones. All to often people with epilepsy experience feelings of isolation, low-self esteem and negative self-image from issues such as prejudice, unemployment & personal relationship difficulties. The emotional weight of epilepsy can cause a greater loss of one’s quality of life than the seizures themselves.

For caregivers, the time and resource commitment of epilepsy 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 so important for persons with epilepsy and their caregivers. Accessing the latest information, resources and social support can make managing the impact of epilepsy much easier. Support Groups throughout Eastern PA meet regularly for discussion and mutual peer support.

If you have questions before attending your first meeting about what to expect, please feel free to call us at 215-629-5003.

View our calendar below and stay up to date on the support group meetings in your area.

Choose a region for details and times of Support Group Meetings. Please note that dates are subject to cancellation/change due to inclement weather conditions. If you are concerned a meeting may be cancelled, feel free to call us, 215-629-5003. 

Lehigh Valley 

Berks County

Bucks County

Delaware County

Easton

Lancaster

Monroe County

NEW! Montgomery County

Philadelphia

NEW! Parent Support Group

Lackawanna County

Luzerne County

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.

December 11, 2014

February 12, 2015
April 19, 2015
June 6, 2015
August 13, 2015
October 8, 2015
December 10, 2015

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

No January Meeting
February 5, 2015
March 5, 2015
No April Meeting
May 7, 2015
June 4, 2015
No July meeting
August 6, 2015 –  5th Annual Bucks County Family Picnic at Core Creek State Park, Site 11. 908 East Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne PA. 
September 3, 2015
October 1, 2015
November 5, 2015
December 3, 2015 –Holiday Party

Delaware County

Location: Riddle Hospital, 1088 Baltimore Pike, Media,PA. Rothman Building, Health Center 4, Conference Room 2. Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday of the month and begin at 6:30 pm. To RSVP, contact Sue Livingston, Education Coordinator at (215) 629-5003 x102. Co-Facilitators: Joyce Liporace, MD., Sue Livingston.

January 21, 2015
February 18, 2015
March 18, 2015
April 15, 2015
May 20, 2015
June 17, 2015
July 15, 2015
No August Meeting
September 16, 201
October 21, 2015
November 18, 2015, Holiday Party!
No December Meeting

Monroe Location: TBA. Location change. Future meetings are pending. Check back for updates.  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.

Montgomery County  

Location: The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health. 651 Park Ave King of Prussia, PA 19406. To RSVP, please contact Sue Livingston, Education Coordinator at (215) 629-5003 x102.  Meetings are held every other month and begin at 6:30 pm.

March 24, 2015 — Topic: Sleep, Anxiety & Epilepsy. Dr. Ralph Gallow, CNNH.
May 26, 2015
July 28, 2015
October 27, 2015

Lancaster

Location:Lancaster General Hospital, Stager Room 7. 555 N. Duke Street, 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.

December 17, 2014 – Holiday Party!

January 28, 2015
February 25, 2015 
March 25, 2015
April 22, 2015 – Location: Lancaster Country Day School
No May Meeting — Evening Educational Conference!
June 24, 2015– Picnic in the Park, Buchanan Park
No July Meeting
August 26, 2015
September 23, 2015
October 28, 2015
November 18, 2015
December 16, 2015

Lackawanna County 

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 21, 2015
February 18, 2015
March 18, 2015
April 15, 2015
May 20, 2015
June 17, 2015
July 15, 2015
August 19, 2015
September 16, 2015
October 21, 2015
November 2015, TBA
December 2015, TBA

Lehigh Valley

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.

December 11, 2014– Family and Friends Holiday Party!

January 8, 2015
February 12, 2015
March 12, 2015
April 9, 2015
May 14, 2015
June 11, 2015
July 9, 2015
August 8, 2015
September 10, 2015
October 8, 2015
November 12, 2015
December 10, 2015

Luzerne County

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 28, 2015
February 25, 2015
March 25, 2015
April 22, 2015
May 27, 2015
June 24, 2015
July 22, 2015
August 26, 2015
September 23, 2015
October 28, 2015
November 2015,  TBA
December 2015,  TBA

Parent Support Group

Location: Grandview Hospital Community Education Room. 700 Lawn Ave Sellersville, PA 18960 Meetings are held every other month and begin at 6:30 pm.  To RSVP, please contact Sue Livingston, Education Coordinator at (215) 629-5003 x102. Co-facilitators: Sue Livingston and Bethany Goering,CRNP      

January 27, 2015- Parent Education Program: Epilepsy & School Accomodations. Dr. Cabor Szuhay, CNNH. Location: The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health. 651 Park Ave King of Prussia, PA 19406.

February 12, 2015
April 9, 2015
June 11, 2015
September 10, 2015
November 12, 2015

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 6, 2015
February 3, 2015
March 3, 2015
April 7, 2015
May 5, 2015
June 2, 2015
July 7, 2015
August 4, 2015
September 1, 2015
October 6, 2015
No November Mtg
December 1, 2015 – Holiday Party!

Wayne & Pike County

If you are interested in becoming involved withe the Wayne and Pike County Support Group, please contact Mary Loughlin at (570) 592-1150. Dates will be established as interest increases.

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