Sharing experiences, challenges, talking about fears and celebrating triumphs can be beneficial to the healing process. Riverside encourages patients, their friends and families to seek the support of those in similar circumstances who can provide a helpful hand, a listening ear or a contagious laugh.

Our providers act as resources for support groups that meet in the local area. Research shows that support groups can reduce anxiety and its negative effects on overall patient health.

Jeri Prosser facilitates the ALS support group on the Virginia Peninsula. The group meets the third Thursday of each month starting at 5 p.m. in the Riverside Neurology Specialists lobby, located in the Medical Office Building on the campus of Riverside Regional Medical Center.

In 2008, Riverside Regional Medical Center partnered with the ALS Association to bring the first ALS Clinic to the Hampton Roads area. The clinic is held monthly at the Riverside Neurology Specialists office in Newport News, Virginia. The ALS clinic brings a one-stop multidisciplinary evaluation to persons with ALS.

Multidisciplinary team
Each patient receives a neurological evaluation before the first clinic visit to confirm the diagnosis. In the ALS clinic patients are seen by a neurologist with special training in neuromuscular disorders and additionally receive evaluations by respiratory, speech, nutrition, physical and occupational therapists as well as a social worker and communication equipment specialists. Having a team approach helps identify and address the unique needs of persons affected by ALS and their family members.

Your story, your individual treatment
Each person with ALS has a story to tell. Our team meets before each clinic to learn that story and discuss how we can make a difference. Every patient is seen by members of our team for assessments in their area of expertise. Then at the end of the clinic, team members meet again to integrate that information and formulate a plan to ensure that the concerns and needs of each person with ALS and their family are addressed.

Getting started
The ALS Clinic is held the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. For more information or to schedule an initial evaluation, call 757-534-5100.

Physician referrals can be faxed to 757-534-5395. Consultation and evaluation with a member of the neurology team must be made prior to the first clinic visit.

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There are several Alzheimer's support groups that meet locally to connect caregivers, family members and friends of those with dementia.

 

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This group is for individuals who have suffered a brain injury. This support group emphasizes the social, emotional and psychological aspects of the brain injury recovery process and meets at Riverside Rehabilitation Hospital.

Meetings

When: Second Monday of each month from 2 - 3 p.m.
Where: Riverside Rehabilitation Hospital, 250 Josephs Drive, Yorktown, VA 23692
Contact us: Call 757-814-4110

This Williamsburg area support group is for people who have brain injuries due to trauma (TBI), stroke, aneurysm, tumor, disease, or other neurological incident. Family and friends are also welcomed.

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The caregiver support group, conducted by trained facilitators, is a safe and supportive place for caregivers, family members and friends of patients with Frontotemporal Dementia to learn about educational topics such as disease information, legal matters, driving, and other concerns. This group is designed to build a support network of people who understand.

Participants will learn about educational topics such as disease information, legal matters, driving and other concerns. This group is designed to provide a network of supportive people with a common experience. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required at Riverside Neurology Specialists at 757-637-7500.

Meetings

When: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. (began Feb. 20, 2018)
Where: Riverside Neurology Specialists, Conference Room, 850 Enterprise Parkway, Hampton, Virginia
Contact us: Call 757-637-7500

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This group provides a comfortable venue to share your story or exchange information with people who live some of your experiences first-hand. The support group serves as a guide to services and resources and an update on what's new in treatment and research.

The Multiple Sclerosis Support Group is your chance to have a voice about your life with MS in a setting where you can feel safe, confident and understood.

You can share your story, with all its achievements, challenges, hopes and frustrations, and exchange information with people who live some of your experiences first-hand. The support group serves as a guide to services and resources and an update on what's new in treatment and research.

Meetings

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Neurosciences Conference Room, Riverside Medical Office Building, 12200 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia
Contact us: 757-875-7880 or 757-534-5100 (Kim Meyers)

Sign up for e-newsletter: Complete M.S. Support Group form

That's a Fact: Research in MS is progressing at a remarkable rate, with more potential therapies in the pipeline than at any other time in history.

If you want to join one of our support groups or you want to start a support group of your own, please contact Riverside at 757-875-7880 or 800-675-6368.

This support group helps those newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease as well as patients and families who have been managing the disease for many years. You can experience new coping strategies related to medications, diet and exercise and learn about the latest in research and treatment.

Whether you have recently received a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, have been living with it for a short time or have been managing the disease for many years, the Peninsula Parkinson's Support Group is your chance to have a voice about your life with Parkinson's in a setting where you can feel safe, confident and understood.

It's an opportunity to share your story, with all its achievements, challenges, hopes and frustrations. You can experience new coping strategies related to medications, diet and exercise and learn about the latest in research and treatment.

Meetings

When: Fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Neurosciences Conference Room, Riverside Medical Office Building, 12200 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Virginia
Contact us: 757-875-7880 or 757-534-5220 (Sandy Snapp)

When: Fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. (except December)
Where: Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg, 1500 Commonwealth Ave., Conference Rooms A & B

Sign up for e-newsletter: Complete Parkinson's Support Group form

It's a Fact: Even within the last 10 years, quality of life for people with Parkinson's has improved immeasurably. The prospects for the next five to 10 years are even better. It's truly is possible to live well and thrive with Parkinson's.

If you want to join one of our support groups or you want to start a support group of your own, please contact Riverside at 757-875-7880 or 800-675-6368.

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Although primarily for current Riverside Rehabilitation Hospital patients who have had a stroke and their family members, this group also welcomes survivors and their caregivers in the community. The group provides education on stroke such as types of strokes, symptoms, risk factors, effects of stroke and lifestyle changes to prevent recurrent stroke.

Meetings

When: Every other Wednesday from 1 - 2 p.m.
Where: Riverside Rehabilitation Hospital, 250 Josephs Drive, Yorktown, VA 23692
Contact us: Call 757-814-4110

Sign up for e-newsletter: Complete Stroke Education Group form

This group is open to stroke survivors, care partners, and others dealing with the effects of a stroke, who are trying to understand and deal with the changes a stroke has brought to their lives.

Meetings

When: Third Wednesday of every month from 6-7 p.m.
Where: Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, the group will meet online utilizing Zoom to facilitate a virtual support group.
Registration: Registration is required for this group so that each person can be sent the electronic link needed to access the virtual support group. Even if someone has attended previously, they need to register to ensure they receive the link. Register Here
New to Zoom? For directions on how to use Zoom, please see this instructional flyer.
Contact us:Contact Teri Ackerson, RN, Riverside Stroke Patient Navigator at 757-612-8228.

If you want to join one of the support groups that meet at Riverside or you want to start a support group of your own, please call 757-875-7880 or 800-675-6368.