Support Groups

The following support groups provide a unique opportunity for the patient to interact and form personal connections with people facing similar challenges. Not only can our patients be inspired by others, but they themselves are in a position to be inspiring.

Current and Former Brooks Patients and Their Families

Brooks Rehabilitation Support Group (For Survivors and their Families)

Scheduled Meetings: Last Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00PM 

Location:  Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Assembly Room 1&2

Contact: Stella Torres: 904-345-7640

Caregiver Support Group (For Family and Friends of Brooks Patients)

Scheduled Meetings: Every Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Room 3421

Contact: Ilana Levy-Paris Ph.D.,  904-345-7715


ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Lou Gehrig's Disease

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Lou Gehrig's Disease Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: First Saturday of Each Month, 1-3 pm

Location: St. Vincent's Hospital Southside- Auditorium C (first floor), 4201 Belfort Road (at Intersection of J. Turner Butler Blvd.), Jacksonville, Florida 32216

Contact: Judie Benwick, MSH, MPH, Care Coordinator, The ALS Association, Florida Chapter (Toll-free) 888-257-1717, ext. 112 or (Jacksonville) (904) 688-0886


Brain Injury

Inpatient Brain Injury Group (Understanding Brain Injury)

Scheduled Meetings: Monday - Friday,  3:00-3:30pm

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, 2nd Floor Day Room (2104)

Contact: Therapy Manager, (904) 858-7789; Program Assistant (904) 858-7650

Brain Injury Clubhouse Support Group

Scheduled Meetings:  Every other Friday, 2:00-3:00pm

Location: Brooks Clubhouse

Contact: Brooks Clubhouse, Phone (904) 674-6400


Caregivers

Caregiver Coalition

http://www.mycaregiverconnection.org/

Call: 904-407-7400

Check out the upcoming ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ Conferences!

Has your loved one been diagnosed with dementia?

Community-Care Giving

Free confidential service for St. Johns County residents and families to help assess your needs and provide access to services

ccg@stjohnscoa.com 904-209-3674

Free 6 week training program for caregivers

“Savvy Caregiver”

St Johns County COA Coastal Community Center

180 Marine St., St. Augustine

Call: Paulette Kozlowski RN, 904-209-3674 for more info or to register


Dementia

Alzheimer's and related dementia education series and caregiver support group

Scheduled Meetings: First Thursday of each month from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location:Mayo Clinic Florida, Cannaday Building, Kinne Auditorium, Room 1107

4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL

Call: 904-953-6523 or MCJMemoryDC@mayo.edu


Memory Loss

Scheduled Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 1:30pm

Location:Council on Aging RIVER HOUSE, 179 Marine St., St. Augustine, 32084

Call: Paulette Kozlowski RN, 904-209-3674


Neurological

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: Every  other month from 10:00 to 11:30 

Location: Shands Towers, 580 W. 8th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

Call: 904-244-9719 for more information


Parkinson’s Disease and Related Diseases Education Series Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: First Wednesday of each month from 12:30pm-1:30 pm

Location:Mayo Clinic Florida, Room 1107 in the Cannaday Building

4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL

Call: 904-953-6523 to confirm or for more information.


Pediatrics

Inpatient Pediatrics (Understanding Pediatric Rehabilitation)

Scheduled Meetings: Monday-Friday from 3pm-3:30pm

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital R2320

Contact: Therapy Manager (904) 858-7789; Program Assistant (904) 858-7650 


Stroke

Inpatient Stroke Sessions (Stroke/Cardiac Education)

Group Scheduled Meetings: Monday-Friday, 11-12pm

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Room 3421

Contact: Rhonda Felice, Stroke Program Manager (904) 345-7689

Brain Aneurysm & AVM Support Group

Scheduled Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of Every month, 6:00-7:30PM

Location: WJCT News Station; 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Contact: Charu Raheja charu@niekrofoundation.org

Reading For Life Book Club

Review books, short stories or articles. Study guides provided before each month. Books announced 1-2 months in advance. Support provided for those with reading impairments along with adapted techniques such as books on tape and movies

Scheduled Meetings: Third Thursday of each month, 12pm - 1:00pm

Location: Neuro Recovery Center at  Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital 

Contact: (904) 345-6812


Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Scheduled Meetings: First Thursday of Each Month, 6 pm

Location: Brooks Rehabilitation Healthcare Plaza 3901 University Blvd. S., Jacksonville, FL 32216 (Conference Room)

Contact: Anita Davis (904) 345-7259 or Anita.Davis@brooksrehab.org


Other Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/support-groups/florida