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.
ALS support group
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.
- Learn more: ALS clinic
Alzheimer's support group
There are several Alzheimer's support groups that meet locally to connect caregivers, family members and friends of those with dementia.
- Learn more: Alzheimer's Disease Support Group
Brain injury support group
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 Institute.
- Learn more: Brain Injury Support Group
Brain injury survivors support group
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.
Frontotemporal dementia caregiver support group
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 (FTD) 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.
- Learn more: FTD Support Group
Multiple sclerosis support group
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.
- Learn more: MS Support Group
Parkinson's support group
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.
- Learn more: Peninsula Parkinson's Disease Support Group
Stroke education group
Although primarily for current Riverside Rehabilitation Institute 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.
- Learn more: Stroke Education Group
Stroke survivor and care partner support group
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.
- Learn more: Stroke Survivor and Care Partner Support Group
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 toll free 800-675-6368.