A new support group is starting this month for family members supporting and caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
The Dementia Caregiver Support Group will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Hoisington Public Library, 169 S. Walnut St. The open format meetings allow for information gathering, asking questions and sharing concerns. The meetings also provide an opportunity to learn strategies for caring for those with dementia.
This group is hosted by Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics and the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. For questions call Pam Middleton, L.M.S.W., 620-653-2386 ext. 5572, or Michelle Niedens, L.S.C.S.W., 913-945-7310.
The Great Bend Tribune runs support groups listings on the first Sunday of every month. New groups or changes in information listed here should be sent to Susan Thacker, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ellinwood Group — United Church of Christ, 701 North Fritz (accessible) 620-282-2905 – Thursday (o) 7 p.m.
Grapevine Group —1910 17th St. Great Bend, (accessible) 620-639-2320 – Sunday (c, ns) 10 a.m.; Tuesday (o, bs, ns) 5:30 p.m.; Thursday (o/ns) 10 a.m.; Thursday (c/ns) 5:30 p.m. (bd) first Thursdays.
Great Bend Group — 1620 Hubbard (accessible) 620-793-3962 – Sunday (c/ns) 7 p.m. candlelight; Monday (c) 10 a.m.; Monday (o/ns) 7 p.m. (bd first Monday); Tuesday (c) 10 a.m.; Wednesday (c) 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (c/ns); Friday (c) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (c/ns); Saturday (c) 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (c/ns)
Hoisington Group — 419 East Third Street (accessible) – Sunday (o) 9 a.m.; Wednesday (o) 8 p.m.,
Kinsley Group — Church of Christ (accessible) 620-324-5313 – (o) Monday, 8 p.m.
La Crosse Group — Bittel Const. Bldg., West K-4 (accessible) – Sunday (o) 8 p.m. (bd last Sunday).
Larned Town Group — 504 Broadway 620-804-3544 – Sunday (o/ns) 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday (o/ns) 8 p.m.; Thursday (bs/o/ns) 8 p.m.; Friday (o/ns) 8 p.m.; Saturday (o/ns) 8 p.m.
Lyons AA Trailmakers — 801 S. Bell, 620-257-2240 – Tuesday (o) 6:30 p.m.; Thursday (o/bs) 7 p.m. (bd third Thursdays).
Stafford Group — First Methodist Church, Room 12 – Wednesday (o) 8 p.m.
Tri-County Claflin Group — City Library, Main Street (accessible) – Monday (c) 10 a.m.
Grapevine Group Great Bend — 1910 17th Tuesday 7 p.m.
Great Bend Group — 1620 Hubbard — Wednesday at noon; Thursday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 9 a.m.; Call 620-793-3962.
Paths to Recovery — Meets upstairs in the Larned Chamber of Commerce building, 502 Broadway on Wednesdays. Steps & Traditions — 6 p.m.; open meeting, 7 p.m.
NA — Call 620-603-0920 or 855-732-4673 or see www.marsca.net
Great Bend “Living By Faith” Group 1910 17th St. – Sunday (o) 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday (o) noon; Wednesday (o) 5:30 p.m.; Friday (c/o) 8 p.m.
Larned “Just for Today” Group — 501 Main, South entrance – Monday (o) 7 p.m.; Thursday (o) 6 p.m.
Family Crisis Center’s domestic violence and sexual assault support. Call 792-1885 or the toll-free number, 866-792-1885.
Kansas Statewide Hotline: 1-888-END ABUSE
La Leche League of Great Bend — 6 p.m., second Thursdays, Barton County Health Department, 1300 Kansas Ave. Call Robin, 620-617-1663; or Ronda, 620-338-0508.
KS BRCA Support Group — 6:30 p.m. on second Wednesdays, in the Fellowship Room at First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave.
Heroes and Friends, cancer support group — 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, Presbyterian Church, Larned.
Dementia Caregiver Support Group — Meets from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Hoisington Public Library. Hosted by Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics and the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. For questions call Pam Middleton, L.M.S.W., 620-653-2386 ext. 5572, or Michelle Niedens, L.S.C.S.W., 913-945-7310.
Naturally Sweet — Type I diabetes support group, meets on the first Saturday of each month at the Central Kansas Christian Academy gym, 215 McKinley St. All welcome. For more information call Candace Herrman, 620-617-6700.
La Nueva Esperanza Hispanic diabetes support group — Heart of Kansas Family Health Care Inc., 1905 19th St. For more information call 792-5700.
Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice Community Grief Support Group — 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at The University of Kansas Health System St. Rose Medical Pavilion, 3515 Broadway, Great Bend. For more information during office hours, call 620-792-8171.
St. John Parish Bereavement Group — Quarterly meetings at 7 p.m. at the St. John’s Parish Hall, 122 East 5th St. in Hoisington, on dates to be announced. Next meetings are in January and April, 2020. For questions call the Parish Hall, 620-653-2695.
Special needs caregivers
Caregivers Count — Support group for parents and caregivers of children with special needs — 2-4 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at the First Christian Church, on the corner of Broadway and K-96. Sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services.
Stroke Support Group — 6 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at Medicalodges, 1401 Cherry Lane, Great Bend. For questions call Lottie Johnson at Medicalodges, 620-792-2165.
Veterans support group — 7-8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111, 504 Main. Open to all veterans.
Visually impaired support
Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired — 1-2 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Contact Paul Berscheidt at 620-793-5645, George Strobel at 620-617-8980 or Scharna Doll at 620-786-0731.
Weight loss support
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 827 — 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Claflin Independent Township Library meeting room.
TOPS KS 1151 — 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend. Use the west doors.
TOPS Area Coordinator Beverly A. Bednasek, email@example.com.
Weight Watchers of Barton County — In Great Bend, weigh-ins at 5 p.m., meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Inspire Fitness, 1904 12th St.; in Hoisington, weigh-ins at 5 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Call or text Terri Rous, 620-653-2103, Great Bend, or Dawn Sisson, 620-791-7736, Hoisington.