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Senior Association - Senior Support Groups

Support Groups

Sibley offers a variety of support groups to our Senior Association members and to the community.  To register for most of the support groups below, please call 202-364-7602.  Otherwise please call the number listed under that support group for more information and to register.

Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month.  All meetings are from 7:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Leaders are Debbie Ackerman and Abby Levin.  Meeting rooms vary; please click here to go to our calendar for more information.
All About Arthritis:  Arthritis Support Group—Arthritis & Your Hands meets the fourth Friday of every month, Noon—1 p.m.  Led by one of our occupational therapists, like Sibley’s Janet Platt.   Meeting rooms vary; please click here to go to our calendar for more information.

Bereavement Support For Widowed Persons
Widowed Persons Outreach—Helping & Healing offers support groups for people who have been widowed two years or less: an ongoing group that meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, 2 p.m.—3:30 p.m. at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC), and a twice annual 6-week program. Call 202-537-4942 to register and for more information.  Click here to go to our calendar for our next 6-week bereavement group date.
Cardiac Implant Support
For people with any implanted cardiac device or who are being advised to consider an implanted cardiac device. Led by Jan Schoenheimer and Brian Lewis, M.D.  Click here to go to our calendar for next meeting date, time and room information. 

Club Memory
Club Memory is a supportive social group for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and their caregivers or family.  Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m.—3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC.)  Call 202-364-7602 for location and time of special Club Memory events.  Click here to go to our calendar for upcoming events.
Diabetes Support Group meetings are held at either Sibley Memorial Hospital (SMH) or Suburban Hospital (SH). If you have any questions about diabetes, call Rose Oshinsky, R.N., CDE, program coordinator and certified diabetes educator at 202-537-4145.  Click here to go to our calendar to see next Diabetes support group meeting date, time and location.
Lyme Disease
Meets 1st Sunday of the month (except in January, July & September.)  Led by Monte Skall and Zena Wilder, R.N. For more information about Lyme Disease, please call National Capital Lyme Disease Association at 703-821-8833.  Click here to go to our calendar for location and time.
Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common eye condition among people age 50 and older. It can gradually destroy the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp central vision needed for seeing objects clearly. Although AMD does not cause complete blindness, it can present many unexpected challenges.  For instance, people with vision loss are almost twice as likely as those with normal vision to experience multiple falls, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  The Sibley Senior Association and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington co-sponsor the Macular Degeneration Network support group.  The support group offers opportunities to maximize independence by sharing the latest research, rehabilitative techniques, and information about transportation, recreation and fellowship for those with vision loss.  Meets 2nd Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.  Click here to go to the calendar to see the topic for upcoming months and for location.
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
For people with physician diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment.  Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m.—2:15 p.m.  Led by Ashley Nunn, M.A.  Click here to go to calendar to see meeting location.
This group supports both the person with an ostomy and their care partner and is hosted by one of Sibley’s Ostomy R.N.s.  Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.—2 p.m.  Click here to go to calendar to see meeting location.

For those living with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, their caregivers and family members.  Meets the second Thursday of each month, 3 p.m.—4 p.m., at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Facility. Click here to go to calendar to see upcoming meeting topic.
For those who have had a stroke, their caregivers and family members. Led by Jenni Knittig, R.N. Sibley stroke coordinator.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month.  Call 202-660-7413 to register.  Click here to go to calendar to see meeting location.

Cancer Support

Breast Cancer
Support services for breast cancer patients, survivors and families.
  • Coping Skills Group
  • After Treatment Transition
For information on times, dates and location, call Jennie Tarica, R.N., breast nurse navigator, at 202-370-6545.

Look Good...Feel Better
(Suburban Hospital)
For women receiving cancer treatment, learn how to look healthy and stylish. Meets every other month on Mondays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call Judy Macon, R.N., at 301-896-2445 for location and registration.
Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors
Weekly meditative gentle and restorative yoga using mindful movement, balance and breathing techniques to help women with a history of cancer to reduce anxiety, improve quality of life and regain sense of self. Mondays, starting January 6, 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., Medical Building, Conference Room 2. Cost, $10 per class, scholarships available. Register on our event calendar or call 202-243-2320. Walk-ins welcome with cash/check if space permits.
Meditation and Mindfulness: Tools for Alleviating Stress Post Cancer Diagnosis
Join facilitator Ashley Nunn, M.A., and others with a history of cancer to learn about and practice a relaxation technique that uses focus on breathing. This practice has been shown to be effective in reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness, improving sleep and boosting the immune system. No prior experience required. Thursdays, starting January, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Main Hospital Ground Floor Private Dining Room 3 (next to cafeteria). Register on our event calendar or call 202-243-2320. Walk-ins welcome.
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