Support and Education Groups
Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance
Sponsored in part by Behavioral Health Services at Stormont-Vail West, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at Valeo, 330 S.W. Oakley.
Diabetes Family Support Group
The Cotton-O'Neil Diabetes and Endocrinology Center now offers a support group for children with diabetes and their parents.The group typically meets the fourth Monday of each month and provides an outlet for family members to engage in activities and conversations that address the difficulties and emotional experience of being a family with diabetes.
Upcoming Support Group dates, include:
Monday, May 28, 2012 | Gage Park | Picnic and water games
Monday, June 25, 2012 | Lake Shawnee | Paddle boating
All Diabetes Family Support Group events begin at 5:30 p.m.
To join this support group, call (785) 270-8954.
Alzheimer’s Support Groups
The Alzheimer’s Association has three caregiver support groups available as well as other support services. Call Alzheimer’s Association at (785) 271-1844 for days and times.
Topeka Celiac Support Group
The Topeka Celiac Support Group provides information, support and knowledge of how to eat safely to avoid gluten from grain-based proteins in wheat, rye, barley and possibly oats. Meeting is at Pozez Education Center. For more information, contact Sharon Larson, president, (785) 379-0479.
MOMS: Moms of Multiples Support
Support group for parents expecting or parenting multiples. Monthly meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pozez Education Center. For more information, call (785) 267-2955.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Group
First and third Thursdays of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. Pozez Education Center. For information, call (785) 354-5225. The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Group, which has regular meetings to share information and experiences, also has a blog for members which offers communication, resources and support. If you are interested in learning more about the blog, please e-mall firstname.lastname@example.org
Topeka “HEALS” Support Group
A confidential peer support group that is also known as Survivors of Suicide, “HEALS” stands for “Healing After Loss by Suicide.” It is for those who have lost a loved one by suicide. First and third Tuesdays of the month in Pozez Education Center at 7 p.m. For more information, call (785) 220-1368.
‘On the Road to Better Managing Your Diabetes’ Class
This one-hour course is designed to be a refresher class for those who have attended diabetes education classes in the past. The class is offered on the first Wednesday of every other month in the Diabetes Learning Center classroom, lower level at 3520 S.W. 6th Ave. Please call (785) 368-0416 to reserve your seat for a class. Your insurance will be billed for the cost of attendance.
Living Well with Pre-Diabetes
This course covers the risk factors, consequences and management of pre-diabetes. You will leave with a better understanding of diet and exercise management and have tools to manage your health. Cost of $50 is payable at time of attendance. It will be offered the first Wednesday of every other month at the Diabetes Learning Center classroom at 3520 S.W. 6th Ave. Please call (785) 368-0416 to reserve your seat.
Living with Diabetes Support Group
Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Group meets at the Cotton-O’Neil Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. For more information on attending the support group or classes, please call the Diabetes Learning Center at (785) 368-0416.
Cancer Support Group
Meets Mondays at 11 a.m. in the library of the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. Eighth Ave. For more information, call 1-800-354-0091.
First Fridays Cancer Education Sessions
Monthly educational session from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. Eighth Ave. Bring your own lunch and get ready to learn. For more information, call 1-800-354-0091.
Cancer Center Pet Therapy Program
Meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the library of the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center, 1414 S.W. Eighth Ave. For more information, call 1-800-354-0091.
Art Therapy Class for Patients and Families of the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center
Express yourself through art. No art skills needed. Class meets 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. Wednesdays at the cancer center. For more information, call 1-800-354-0091.
Tai Chi for Patients and Families of the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center
Tai Chi Easy offers physical and mental benefits no matter what your age or physical limitations. Held at the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center. For more information, call 1-800-354-0091.
Look Good Feel Better Educational Program
Program is offered at the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center on a regular basis. For more information, call 1-800-354-0091 or the American Cancer Society at (785) 273-4422.
Cancer Support Group for Pediatric Patients and Families meets at the Cotton-O’Neil Cancer Center. For dates and times, call 1-800-354-0091.
Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Support Group
Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month. For information, call the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 316-266-4050 or 1-800-779-2417.
Stroke Support Group at KRH
A stroke support group is now meeting the first Friday of each month at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital. Meetings are 4 to 5 p.m. in the West Dining Hall, first floor. The support group is for patients and families of those who have suffered a stroke. For more information or to RSVP, call Mark Loretto at (785) 235-6600, Ext. 571.
Post Polio Support Group
Meets quarterly at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, call (785) 232-8524.
Topeka Organ Transplant Organization (TOTO) Support Group
A support group for transplant recipients, those awaiting transplant, donor families and any family members for friends who are involved or interested in this subject. Group meets every other month, and time and location vary. Contact Ginny Woods, RN, at (785) 354-6417 or e-mail email@example.com.