Support Groups & Education
The Foundation provides several opportunities for ALS patients and their families to come together, offering support to each other and receiving the professional advice and guidance of the Foundation’s Patient and Family Advocates.
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Monthly free support groups allow patients and caregivers to give and receive emotional support and to share information and practical experience. Groups are professionally facilitated and participants are encouraged to express their feelings about ALS openly—whether it’s with fear, anger, guilt, sadness or any other emotions. Support groups provide a welcoming environment and a sense of camaraderie with others who are living with this devastating disease. Currently, the Foundation offers support groups in five different areas of Chicagoland.
Support group meetings are open to patients, family members, caregivers and friends. Each facility is wheelchair accessible and offers free parking. We request that you RSVP if you are planning to attend any of these meetings to assure there is availability. Alternatively, if no one responds, meetings will not be held.
Please contact Judy Richman at email@example.com or 847 679 3311 to RSVP, for more information on any support groups or meetings, or to be placed on our support group mailing list.
405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington
Upcoming Dates: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Facilitator(s): Laurie B. Fieldman, LCSW and Judy Richman, RN, BSN
5550 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie
Upcoming Dates: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Facilitator(s): Ileane Mindel, RN and Anne Lidsky, PhD
Directions: Call 847 675 0951
26 W 171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton
Upcoming Dates: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Facilitator(s): Ileane Mindel, RN and Elsa Cherwak, PT
Directions: Call 630 909 8439
3700 W 103rd Street, Chicago
Upcoming Dates: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Facilitator(s): Ileane Mindel, RN and Easton Stevenson, LCSW
Directions: Parking lot is available at front and rear entrances. Facility is fully handicap accessible with an elevator to the conference rooms.
RSVP: Please RSVP to 847 679 3311
5000 South 5th Avenue, Hines
Upcoming Dates: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Facilitator(s): Les Turner ALS Foundation RN and LCSW Patient Advocates will attend the VA staff lead support group meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month to provide our Veteran PALS and their loved ones additional support.
- March Facilitators: TBD
Directions: Complimentary valet parking available
RSVP:Please RSVP to 847 679 3311
Laurie B. Fieldman, MSW, LCSW, Patient and Family Advocate and Director of Social Services, received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago in 1993 and one from National Louis University in 1992. She has been with the Foundation since 1999.
Anne Lidsky, PhD, has served as a support group leader since 1983. She received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, her M.A. from Northeastern Illinois State University and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.
Ileane Mindel, RN, Patient and Family Advocate since 1995, graduated from Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing of the City University of New York and previously worked at Hospice of the North Shore where she served as Coordinator of Patient Care and Payer Development.
Judy Richman, RN, BSN, Director of Patient Services, has been involved in both the clinical and research aspects of ALS since 1989, working at major ALS centers in the Chicagoland area before joining the Les Turner Home and Community Services Team. In addition to her primary role as an Patient and Family Adovcate, she also serves as the Foundation’s representative to the International Alliance of ALS/MND.
Easton Stevenson, LCSW, joined the Foundation as a Patient and Family Advocate in May 2013. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago in 2000. For the majority of her social work experience, Easton worked with the HIV+ population, providing therapeutic services to infected adults and their affected children. Common issues that were addressed included depression, relationship issues, medication adherence, stress, diagnosis acceptance and end-of-life planning.