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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*

• There are currently NO Support Groups for Berks and Montgomery Counties. We will continue to evaluate how best to address the needs of these communities in 2017. If you live in these counties and need further information about support groups or other resources near you, please contact the Foundation directly at (215)629-5003 or email us at efepa@efepa.org.

• In 2017 the Foundation will be hosting quarterly programs for parents of children with epilepsy in place of the Parent Support Group. Please contact Sue Livingston at slivingston@efepa.org or 215-629-5003 for more information.

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.

Bucks County

Delaware County

Lancaster

Lackawanna County

Lehigh Valley 

Luzerne County

Philadelphia

 

Bucks County

 

NEW Location starting September 2016: St Mary Rehabilitation Hospital, Langhorne-Newtown Rd., Langhorne, PA. Directly across from St. Mary Medical Center. 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 5th, 2017
February 2nd, 2017
March 2nd, 2017
April 6th, 2017
May 4th, 2017
June 1st, 2017
No July Meeting
August 3th, 2017 (Family Picnic)
September 7th, 2017
October 5th, 2017
November 2nd, 2017
December 7th, 2017 (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 18th, 2017
February 15th, 2017
March 15th, 2017
April 19th, 2017
May 17th, 2017
June 14th, 2017
July 19th, 2017
No August Meeting
No September Meeting
October 18th, 2017
November 15th, 2017 (Holiday Party)
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 Tuesday at 6pm. Coordinator: Elizabeth Beil, ebeil@efepa.org or 215-629-5003 x104.

January 24th, 2017
February 28th, 2017
March 28th, 2017: Off-site meeting planned – Contact Elizabeth for details of meeting location.
April 25th, 2017
May 23rd, 2017
June 27th, 2017
July 25th, 2017
August 22nd, 2017
September 26th, 2017
October 24th, 2017
November 28th, 2017

 

 

Lackawanna County

 

Location: CMC Professional Bldg., 315 Colfax Ave., Scranton, PA. Meetings are held in the basement of the CMC Professional Bldg every 3rd Wednesday at 7 pm. Coordinator: Mary Loughlin, epilepsywv@efepa.org or (570) 592-1150. **Denotes combined meeting where a date and time will be announced.  

January 18th, 2017
February 15th, 2017
March 15th, 2017
April 19th, 2017
May 17th, 2017
June 21st, 2017
July 19th, 2017
August 16th, 2017
September 20th, 2017
October 18th, 2017
November 15th, 2017**
December 13th, 2017**

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 12th, 2017
February 9th, 2017
March 9th, 2017
April 13th, 2017
May 11th, 2017
June 8th, 2017
July 13th, 2017
August 10th, 2017
September 14th, 2017
October 12th, 2017
November 9th, 2017
NO December Meeting

Luzerne County

 

Location: John Heinz Institute, 150 Mundy Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Patient Dining Room. Meetings are held every 4th Wednesday and begin at 7 pm. Coordinator: Marianne Sailus, 570-830-2039. Co-Facilitator: Mary Loughlin, epilepsywv@efepa.org or 570-592-1150. **Denotes combined meeting where a date and time will be announced.  

January 25th, 2017
February 22nd, 2017
March 22nd, 2017
April 26th, 2017
May 24th, 2017
June 28th, 2017
July 26th, 2017
August 23th, 2017
September 27th, 2017
October 25th, 2017
November 15th, 2017**
December 13th, 2017**

Philadelphia

 

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

January 3rd, 2017
February 7th, 2017
March 7th, 2017
April 4th, 2017
May 2nd, 2017
June 6th, 2017
July Meeting TBA
August 1st, 2017
September 5th, 2017
October 3rd, 2017
November 7th, 2017
December 5th, 2017