Support Groups

The following support groups provide a unique opportunity for you to interact and form personal connections with people facing similar challenges. Not only can our patients be inspired by others, but they themselves are in a position to be inspiring.

Brooks Rehabilitation Support Group (for those living with a Disability and their family and friends). Everyone is welcome to come to share and provide support.

Scheduled meetings: last Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital

Contact: Rita Tomi (904) 345-6823 or Alice Krauss (904) 910-9738

Caregiver Support Group (for family and friends of Brooks patients)

Scheduled Meetings: every Thursday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Room 3421

Contact: Ilana Levy-Paris Ph.D., (904) 345-7715

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Lou Gehrig’s Disease Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: first Saturday of each month, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: St. Vincent’s Hospital Southside-Auditorium C (first floor), 4201 Belfort Rd. (at Intersection of J. Turner Butler Blvd.), Jacksonville, FL 32216

Contact: Judie Benwick, MSH, MPH, Care Coordinator, The ALS Association, Florida Chapter (Toll-free) (888) 257-1717, ext. 112 or (Jacksonville) (904) 688-0886

Brain Injury

Inpatient Brain Injury Group (Understanding Brain Injury)

Scheduled Meetings: Monday-Friday, 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, 2nd floor day room (2104)

Contact: Therapy Manager, (904) 858-7789; Program Assistant (904) 858-7650

Caregivers

Caregiver Coalition

http://www.mycaregiverconnection.org/

Call: (904) 407-7400

Check out the upcoming ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ conferences!

Has your loved one been diagnosed with dementia?

Community-Care Giving

Free confidential service for St. Johns County residents and families to help assess your needs and provide access to services

ccg@stjohnscoa.com (904) 209-3674

Free six week training program for caregivers

“Savvy Caregiver”

St. Johns County COA Coastal Community Center

180 Marine St., St. Augustine

Call: Paulette Kozlowski RN, (904) 209-3674 for more info or to register

Dementia

Alzheimer’s and related dementia education series and caregiver support group

Scheduled Meetings: first Thursday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Mayo Clinic Florida, Cannaday Building, Kinne Auditorium, room 1107

4500 San Pablo Rd., Jacksonville, FL

Call: (904) 953-6523 or email MCJMemoryDC@mayo.edu

Memory Loss

Scheduled Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Council on Aging RIVER HOUSE, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine, FL 32084

Call: Paulette Kozlowski RN, (904) 209-3674

Neurological

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: every other month from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Shands Towers, 580 W. 8th St., Jacksonville, FL 32209

Call: (904) 244-9719 for more information

Parkinson’s Disease and Related Diseases Education Series Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: first Wednesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Location: Mayo Clinic Florida, room 1107 in the Cannaday Building

4500 San Pablo Rd., Jacksonville, FL

Call: (904) 953-6523 to confirm or for more information

Pediatrics

Inpatient Pediatrics (Understanding Pediatric Rehabilitation)

Scheduled Meetings: Monday-Friday from 3:00-3:30 p.m.

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital R2320

Contact: Therapy Manager (904) 858-7789; Program Assistant (904) 858-7650

Stroke

Inpatient Stroke Sessions (Stroke/Cardiac Education)

Group Scheduled Meetings: Monday-Friday, 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, room 3421

Contact: Rhonda Felice, Stroke Program Manager (904) 345-7689

Brain Aneurysm & AVM Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Location: WJCT News Station; 100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Contact: Charu Raheja charu@niekrofoundation.org

Reading For Life Book Club

Review books, short stories, or articles. Study guides provided before each month. Books announced 1-2 months in advance. Support provided for those with reading impairments along with adapted techniques such as books on tape and movies.

Scheduled Meetings: third Thursday of each month, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Neuro Recovery Center at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital

Contact: (904) 345-6812

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Scheduled Meetings: every 3rd Thursday of each Month, 6:00 p.m.

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Healthcare Plaza 3901 University Blvd. S., Jacksonville, FL 32216 (conference room)

Contact: Anita Davis (904) 345-7259 or Anita.Davis@brooksrehab.org

Other Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/support-groups/florida