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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 and anxiety. 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. These are free and open to people with epilepsy, friends, family members and health professionals.

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

*Special Notice*
Due to continued low attendance the EFEPA has suspended the Montgomery County support group for the remainder of 2016, including the following dates:
April 18, 2016
June 20, 2016
September 19, 2016
November 21, 2016

We will continue to provide services, information and support to residents of this area. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sue Livingston, slivingston@efepa.org.

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.

Berks County

Bucks County

Delaware County

Lancaster

Lackawanna County

Lehigh Valley 

Luzerne County

Philadelphia

NEW! Parent Support Group

Berks County

 

Location: Reading Hospital & Medical Center, Sixth Ave and Spruce Street, West Reading, PA, R Ground Conference Room 2. Meetings are every other month on the 2nd Thursday at 6:30pm. RSVP: efepa@efepa.org, 215-629-5003.

February 11, 2016
April 14, 2016
June 9, 2016
August 11, 2016
October 13, 2016
December 8, 2016

Bucks County

 

Location: St Mary Medical Center, Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Langhorne, PA, Outpatient facility. Medical Conference Room, 1st Floor. Meetings are held every 1st Thursday and begin at 6:30pm. Coordinator: Sue Livingston slivingston@efepa.org, or (215) 629-5003 x102. Co-Facilitator: Denise Taylor.

January 7th, 2016– Change of Room to Trauma Center Conference Room, Outpatient facility 1st floor
February 4th, 2016
March 3rd, 2016
April 7th, 2016
May 5th, 2016
June 2nd, 2016
July 7th, 2016
August 4th, 2016: Annual Family Picnic!
No September Meeting
October 6th, 2016
November 3rd, 2016
December 1st, 2016: Holiday Party

Delaware County

 

Location: Riddle Hospital, 1068 Baltimore Pike, Media, PA. Health Center 4, Conference Room 2. Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Coordinator: Sue Livingston slivingston@efepa.org, or (215) 629-5003 x102. Co-Facilitators: Joyce Liporace, MD

January 20th, 2016
February 17th, 2016
March 16th, 2016
April 20th, 2016
May 18th, 2016
June 15th, 2016 – Speaker: Tom Giordano, Esq, Topic: SS/SSI and medical assistance
July 20th, 2016
No August Meeting
September 21st, 2016
October 19th, 2016
November 16th, 2016
No December Meeting

Lancaster County

 

Location: Park City Center 142 Park City Way, Lancaster, PA. Community meeting room, Kohl’s wing. Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday at 6pm. RSVP: efepa@efepa.org, 215-629-5003.

January 27, 2016 : CANCELLED Due to weather
February 24, 2016
March 23, 2016
April 27, 2016
June 22, 2016
August 24, 2016
September 28, 2016
October 26, 2016

Lackawanna County

 

Location: CMC Professional Bldg., CME Room, 1st Floor, 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton, PA. Meetings are held every 3rd Wednesday at 7 pm. Coordinator: Mary Loughlin, epilepsywv@efepa.org or (570) 592-1150.

January 20th, 2016
February 17th, 2016
March 16th, 2016
April 20th, 2016
May 18th, 2016
June 15th, 2016
July 20th, 2016
August 17th, 2016
September 21st, 2016
October 19th, 2016
November 16th, 2016
December 2016: 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. Coordinator: Ellen Baca, lv@efepa.org or (610) 737-0613.

January 14th, 2016
February 11th, 2016
March 10th, 2016
April 14th, 2016
May 12th, 2016
June 9th, 2016
July 14th, 2016
August 11th, 2016
September 8th, 2016
October 13th, 2016
November 10th, 2016
December 8th, 2016

Luzerne County

 

Location: John Heinz Institute, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Patient Dining. Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday and begin at 7 pm. Coordinator: Marianne Sailus, 570-830-2039.

January 27th, 2016
February 24th, 2016
March 23rd, 2016
April 27th, 2016
May 25th, 2016
June 22nd, 2016
July 27th, 2016
August 24th, 2016
September 28th, 2016
October 26th, 2016
November 16th, 2016
December 2016 TBA

Parent Support Group


Location: Grandview Hospital, 700 Lawn Ave Sellersville, PA 18960. Community Education Room. Meetings are held every other month at 6:30 pm. Coordinator: Sue Livingston slivingston@efepa.org, or (215) 629-5003 x102. Facilitator: Bethany Goering, RN

January 14th, 2016
March 9th, 2016
May 11th, 2016
July 13th, 2016
September 7th, 2016
November 9th, 2016

Philadelphia

 

Location: JFK Center located at 112 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA. Meetings are held every 1st Tuesday at 6:15pm. Coordinator: Susan Bolno, adultservices@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003 x103.

January 5th, 2016
February 2nd, 2016
March 1st, 2016
April 5th, 2016
May 3rd, 2016
June 7th, 2016
July 5th, 2016
August 2nd, 2016
September 6th, 2016
October 4th, 2016
November TBA
December 6th, 2016