Blue Bell Place, 777 DeKalb Pike, will hold a new support group for caregivers coping with Alzheimer’s and related memory loss. The group will be led by Emily Cuff, a Certified Support Group Facilitator. The following workshops will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. with time afterward to enjoy refreshments and continue conversations. marticipation is free and open to all – husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, neighbors, friends – anyone with an interest in learning more about memory loss. During each workshop, participants will be invited to share their own personal experiences.
• Aug. 29- Bereavement: Experiencing Loss and Grief
• Sept. 12 – Book Fair: rseful Books for Families
• Sept. 26 – Changing Roles and Responsibilities for Couples and Families
• Oct. 10 – LaughterL Humor: Help for Behavior mroblems
• Oct. 24 – Coping with rncertainty
To ask questions or RSVm for any of the dates above, call Emily Cuff at 610-2776443.
Elkins Park Area CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention DHfiFLW/HySHrDFWLYLWy DLVorder) meets the first Tuesday of every month, 7 - 8:30 p.m., at Einstein at Elkins mark Hospital in Elkins mark. For information on CHADD or ADHD, please see our website www. chadd.netL249 or call Claire koyes at: 215-779-6656.
Parents of children on the Autism Spectrum are invited to join a support group on the second Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at mlains Mennonite Church, 50 W. Orvilla Road, Hatfield. The group gathers to give and receive emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information, share stories and be more effectively equipped with skills and insights to parent children on the Autism Spectrum. Catherine Schadler, M.Ed., shares her knowledge and expertise around topics chosen by the group. mastor Dawn Ranck gives overall leadership, coordinating the group and facilitating the conversation. More information at www. plainsmennonitechurch.org or by calling 215-362-7640.
The North Penn Visiting Nurse Association’s Meals on Wheels program is looking for volunteers to pack or deliver meals to the elderly and infirmed. Meals are packed and delivered mornings, Monday through Friday. vou can volunteer for as many days per week or month as you would like. mackaging meals requires approximately 2-1L2 hours of your time each day and involves making sandwiches, packaging food into individual serving containers and packing coolers with the meals. Delivering meals requires approximately 1-1L2 hours of your time each day and involves loading coolers into your car and delivering a route of approximately 10 to 15 stops. The Meals on Wheels program is also in need of emergency, winter-weather volunteers to pack and deliver meals in bad weather. korth menn VkA is located at 51 Medical Campus Drive in Lansdale and delivers meals in the Lansdale, korth Wales and Blue Bell areas. For more information or to volunteer, please call Bridget, korth menn VkA Meals on Wheels coordinator at 215-855-8296.
Center for Loss and Bereavement, 3847 Skippack Pike, Skippack (610-2224110) www.bereavementcenter.org offers professional counseling for individuals, couples, children and families dealing with issues of loss and bereavement. Six-week adult support groups: kewly forming young adult grief support group – every other Wednesday, 7 – 8:15 p.m. Efree of chargeF; Monthly loss of child support – second Mondays, 7-8:15 p.m.; Six-week young loss of spouseLpartner – Thursdays, 10-11:15 a.m.; other groups scheduled as interest is shown for suicide loss support, adult loss of parent, motherless daughters, adult loss of sibling, coping with chronic illness and disability and men’s loss of spouse. kello’s Corner Family Bereavement program offers peer grief support groups for ages 4 through teen and their caregivers – Every other Tuesday or Wednesday Efree of chargeF Local chapter of marents of Murdered Children also meets at the Center. Registration required. Call for further information.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Kehillah of old York Road is sponsoring a free Caregiver Support Group for individuals who care for an elderly person with cognitive andLor physical impairments. The group meets at SarahCare Adult Day Care Center, 101 Washington Lane, Suite G-6, Jenkintown, ma., on the first Wednesday of each month. matty Rich, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, of The Counseling for Caregivers mrogram of the Abramson Center for Jewish Life, leads the sessions, which are held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. All are welcome. Respite care is available during meetings to facilitate attendance. on-site free parking is available. Light refreshments are provided. For more information call Lynne Balaban, 215-884-3944.
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for boys and girls from a variety of countries around the world. These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These personable and academically select exchange students have good English, are bright, curious and anxious to learn about the rSA by living as part of your family, attending high school and sharing their own culture and language with you. The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Each ASSE student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to bear his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. The students are well screened and qualified by ASSE. Families may select the youngster of their choice from extensive student applications, family photos and biographical essays. To become a host family or find out more about ASSE and its programs, please call Sue 732-251-1517 or 1-800-677-2773. or visit us at www.asse.com. There are hundreds of students to choose from, so call – and begin the process of selecting your new son or daughter today.
Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley The organization’s mission is to provide a meeting place where people with cancer and their families and friends can join others to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge and nonprofit, Gilda’s Club offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events in a comfortable, home-like setting. Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley is located in Warminster at 200 hirk Road. Their phone number is 215-441-3290 or visit on the Internet at www.gildasclubdelval.org. For more information, call Gilda’s Club Delaware Valley at E215F 441-3290, or visit their Web site at www.gildasclubdelval.org.
The American Heart American Stroke Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania is seeking volunteers to become voices of power through its stroke prevention program. For information on volunteer opportunities call 610234-2457.
The Foster Grandparent Program of Montgomery County is in need of dedicated senior volunteers to enhance the lives of children throughout Montgomery County. Volunteer Foster Grandparents must be 55 years of age or older and be willing to work a minimum of 15 hours per week. Volunteers receive a small tax-free stipend, free transportation, paid training and an annual physical exam. For information on the Foster Grandparent mrogram, call 610-630-0201.
Overeaters Anonymous is a 12- step group for anyone struggling with food issues of any kind. It meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. in the Health Education room in the Becoming Center, part of the Artman Home in Ambler, 250 korth Bethlehem mike. For information call 267-2594815.
The Northeast Chapter Fibromyalgia Support Groups of Montgomery County and Philadelphia has three individual support groups that meet vari- ous times throughout the month in both areas. The next meeting will be the Beginners’ Support Group, which is held every fourth Monday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. The Family Support Group is held every second Thursday of the month from 12-2 p.m., and the Fibromyalgia “Connections” Support Group of Montgomery County is held the third Saturday of the month from 1-3 p.m. For further information and locations, call 215-8841504 or 215-393-3493.
St. John’s Lutheran Church will host Common Bond, a support fellowship group for widowedLdivorced adults over 45 holds discussions the fourth Sunday of the month from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 505 korth vork Road, Hatboro. orientation for new members starts at 2 p.m. The topic for August is Standing on vour own Two Feet. Reservations are required: 215-675-3947.
NAMI Pennsylvania of Montgomery County sponsors monthly family support groups at St. John’s rnited Church of Christ, Main Street and Richardson Ave., Lansdale, the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. and at the Montgomery County Human Services Center, 1430 Dehalb mike, korristown, the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Program (PATF) has interesting and rewarding volunteer positions available in their hing of mrussia office. mATF helps people obtain funding for hearing aids, ramps, wheelchairs and other assistive technology. To learn more about the positions and volunteer training, call Jamie at 888-7441938. www.patf.us.
Friends Hospital holds the following support groups:
• Monday — AA Speaker Meeting from 7:30-8:30 p.m. weekly and Depression Group from 9-11 a.m. weekly.
• Wednesday — Cocaine Anonymous from 7:30-9 p.m. weekly and It Still Works from 6-7:15 p.m. weekly.
• Thursday — Depression Group 9-11 a.m. weekly; Depression and Bipolar Support Group from 6:308:15 p.m. weekly Efirst Thursday from 5:30-8:15 p.m.F; karcotics Anonymous from 5:30-7 p.m. weekly and Al-Anon from 7:30-8:30 p.m. weekly.
• Friday — Cocaine Anonymous from 7:30-9 p.m. weekly and Gamblers Anonymous from 8-9:30 p.m. weekly.
• Saturday — karcotics Anonymous from 7-8 p.m. weekly.
• Sunday- —Incest Survivors from 9-10:30 a.m. weekly; ACoA from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. weekly; AA Women’s Meeting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekly; kAMI Family to Family Support Group from 1-2:30 p.m. monthly, second Sunday; kAMI General Meeting from 2-4 p.m. monthly, second Sunday.
The New Beginnings Club, a non-denominational social group for all widows and widowers, will be forming to provide social, athletic and travel opportunities to foster fellowship. Meetings will be held every fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John of the Cross Hall, Meeting Room, 2800 Woodland Rd., Roslyn. Any interested persons may call 215-8857722.
New Beginnings II is now being formed to provide social, athletics and travel opportunities to foster fellowship for widows and widowers. Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at St. John of the Cross marish Hall, 2761 Woodland Rd., Roslyn. For information call 215-885-7722.