Support Groups

UMass Memorial Medical Center and the New England Amputee Association (NEAA) have partnered to provide resources and informational meetings for amputees and their families, friends, and caregivers. These free meetings provide a place to gather information, share experiences and meet other amputees. Free valet parking is available, and refreshments are provided.

The next meeting, “Amputee Coalition Conference/Medicare Proposal," is scheduled for September 17, at 6pm, and will be facilitated by Rose Bissonnette, Founder of the New England Amputee Association. 

Rose attended the Amputee Coalition conference in July of this year and will be presenting on the wealth of information that she learned at this year’s conference including new vendor items for amputees.  We will also be updating everyone on the Medicare propose changes that will impact lower limb amputees.  This is a very important meeting so do not miss the opportunity to attend.

We hope to see you there!

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Meeting Time:

Meetings will be held at 6 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Valet parking available at 5:45 pm

Location:
UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus, Lazare Research Building
Michelson Conference Room RB-1-101
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655
Cost:

There is no cost for meetings; valet parking is free, and light refreshments are provided.

Call:

Amanda Winkler amanda.winkler@umassmed.edu; Rose Bissonnette 978-365-2580, r.grandrose2@verizon.net

 

 

The Bipolar and Unipolar Depression Support Group at UMass Memorial Medical Center provides support and information for those with mood disorders and their friends and family.

Sponsor: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Meeting Time:

Mondays, 7 to 9 pm

Location:
University Campus, Hiatt Auditorium (1st floor, Room 608)
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA
Call:

Don Latham: 508-864-4759, dlatham46@verizon.net

The Breast-feeding Support Group at UMass Memorial Medical Center helps moms get the support and confidence they need with breastfeeding. This program is free and is open to the public. Call 508-334-6455 for more information.

 
 
Meeting Time:

Wednesdays, 3 to 4 pm

Location:
UMass Memorial Medical Center – Memorial Campus
South 4 Conference Room, 119 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Call:

508-334-6455

The UMass Memorial Community Birth Loss Support Group provides emotional support to parents who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. This support group also:

  • Assists parents in understanding the grieving process and fosters emotional insight into coping with the loss of their child
  • Creates a safe, supportive forum in which parents can share their thoughts and feelings with others who have had a similar experience
  • Provides acceptance and creates a framework within which parents can integrate their loss and learn that there is hope, and there is a future

This group is open to all, no matter where you live or where your baby was delivered.

The group is held at Notre Dame Health Care in Worcester, and is located in the du Lac Assisted Living Program. Parking is free and participants are asked to check in with the receptionist located in the main lobby.

Sponsor: Community Birth Loss Support Group Collaborative

Meeting Time:

Third Thursday of each month, 6 to 7:30 pm

Location:
Notre Dame Health Care
555 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Call:

Jillian Santom, LICSW, 508-334-1298
Melissa Varrecchia, LCSW, 508-334-5715

Diabetes Support Group meets monthly (September to June) at Heywood Hospital. A speaker presents a specific diabetes topic at each meeting.

Meeting Time:

Mondays, 6 to 7 pm, and Wednesdays, 2 to 3 pm

Location:
Call:

Information: Call Doug Miller, RN, CDE, at 978-630-5719.

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