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Support Services


Support Groups are often one of the best ways that participants at Waterford Place garner strength and wisdom. Support Groups at Waterford Place are safe spaces for participants to share information while also receiving support in managing difficult experiences and celebrating successes along the way.

Family Programs

Community Foundation of the Fox River ValleyThe Healing Kitchen Family Style: Healthy Comfort Food

Thursday, February 1 • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Presented by Carly Smitherman MS, RDN, LDN

Participants are invited to gather for a nutritious cooking demonstration that involves the whole family! Learn fun and creative ways of using healthy ingredients to make dishes everyone can enjoy. Join in on this vegan twist on classic comfort foods. Enjoy preparing (and eating) jackfruit pulled “pork” sandwiches, coleslaw and mac n' cheese, guilt-free! Audio/Visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley.

Caring Arts FoundationFamily Fun Night!

We invite you and your entire family to share a meal before engaging in a family friendly activity together facilitated by Caring Arts Foundation co-founder, Barbara Weigand, and a variety of the Foundation’s guest artists.

Interactive Concert

Tuesday, March 6 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Classical Blast has wowed audiences throughout the Midwest, and now they’re coming to Waterford Place as Unplugged Instrumental Trio. Classic rock & pop music performed on classical instruments They’ll explain a bit about how they put their music together and answer questions too. These musicians have performed with Survivor, Cheap Trick, Sting and many others. Classical Blast has opened concerts for Joan Jett, Michael McDonald, The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and more. Everyone will be invited to  participate and feel like the rock star you are!

Family Relaxation

Thursday, March 22 6 to 7:30 p.m., Led by Kristi Niedzwiecki, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor and Karen Carlson, LMT and author of Grandma’s Magic Pillows

Come together as a family to participate in a little R&R! Begin the evening with Tai Chi then snuggle up to enjoy a live reading of Grandma’s Magic Pillows by author Karen Carlson. The evening will conclude with a whole family meditation that will send you home ready for a good night’s sleep!

Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesdays, Jan. 3, Feb. 7 and March 7 6 to 8 p.m.

International Myeloma FoundationThis group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma as well as their loved ones. A light dinner will be provided. To sign up, please contact Dede Brunson, group leader, at 312-898-5204 or at Affiliated with International Myeloma Foundation. *This group is currently on hold until January 3, 2018.

Breast FRIENDS (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)

Third Mondays, Jan. 15, Feb. 19 and March 19 6:30 to 8 p.m

Women only. This group is designed for those who have been newly diagnosed, are in active treatment or are within the first years of completing treatment for breast cancer. Co-facilitated by a licensed counselor and a breast cancer nurse navigator.

Breast Cancer Survivorship Networking Group

Third Tuesdays, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, and March 20 6:30 to 8 p.m

Women only. This group is open to those who have completed treatment for and/or are dealing with residual effects from breast cancer treatment (physical and/or emotional). Co-facilitated by a breast cancer nurse navigator and a breast cancer survivor.

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesdays,  Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and March 14 6:30 to 8 p.m

This group is designed to support loved ones of those diagnosed with cancer.

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and Resources)

Second Thursdays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8 2 to 3:30 p.m

Women only. This group is open to those who have or have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis. Co-facilitated by a licensed counselor and a gynecological oncology nurse.

Men’s Group

Fourth Tuesdays, Jan. 23, Feb. 27 and March 27 6:30 to 8 p.m

Men only. This group is open to those who have or have had a cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a social worker who is also a prostate cancer survivor. A light dinner will be provided.

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Second Tuesdays, Jan. 9, Feb. 13 and March 13 10 to 11:30 a.m

This group is designed to support those living with a metastatic cancer diagnosis. *This group will begin once 5 participants are registered.

West Suburban Brain Tumor Resource and Support Group

Third Wednesdays, Jan. 17, Feb. 21 and March 21 6:30 to 8 p.m

This group is open to those diagnosed with a brain tumor and their loved ones. Individual brain tumor resource navigation and support are available via telephone by group facilitator. If you are interested, please call 331-301-5280 to schedule an appointment.

Grief Counseling

By Appointment Only, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Illinois

For many, the grief experience that results from the death of a loved one can generate a myriad of feelings, confusion and questions. Talking with a bereavement specialist one-on-one about this experience can assist in the coping process.

For more information about these programs or to register, please call 331-301-5280.

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