Support Groups

Support Groups 2018-07-05T14:50:40+00:00

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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.

 

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

Paoli Parent Group

Philadelphia

Bucks County


 

Location: 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.

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

 

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: Kerri Michnya, kmichnya@efepa.org or (717) 449-1872.

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.   

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.

 

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.

Paoli Parent Support Group


** Please note that this Support Group addresses topics specific to parents of children with epilepsy and co-occuring diagnoses who have significant health needs, including, but not limited, to those who require complete care. 

Location: Paoli Hospital, atrium of main entrance (Board Room Suite #206) 225 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301. Meetings are held every 2nd Thursday starting at 6pm. Facilitators: Sue Livingston, EFEPA Education Coordinator, Barbara Beck and Caitlin Rice, EFEPA Volunteers. If you have any questions about this support group, please contact Sue Livingston at Slivingston@efepa.org or call the main office at (215) 629-5003.

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 Volunteer, efepa@efepa.org or (215) 629-5003.