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NYU Winthrop Hospital Support Groups


Alzheimer’s Disease Support Groups

Free groups supporting adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers. Registration is required for each group. Contact Linda Martinez, LCSW-R, ASW-G to register at 516-663-8220 or by email.

Art Group for Individuals with Cognitive Impairment

Dates: June 6, 13 & 20; July 11, 18 & 25; August 1 & 8
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Caregiver Support Group for Children of Individuals with Cognitive Impairment

Dates: April 17, May 15, June 19
Time: 7:30pm-8:45pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-022
Mineola, NY 11501

Caregiver Support Group for Partners of Individuals with Cognitive Impairment

Dates: TBD

If you have interest in attending this group, please contact Linda Martinez by phone at 516-663-8220 or email

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery Support Groups

Free groups are offered in Nassau and Suffolk for people considering bariatric surgery as well as post-op NYU Winthrop Hospital patients. Contact 516-663-1430 for details and registration.

Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement groups and seminars are free of charge, and take place at NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center located at 101 Mineola Boulevard in Mineola. Call the Pastoral Care Department at 516-663-4749 to register or email us.

Parking: 120 Mineola Blvd, Garage on 1st Street, east of Mineola Blvd.

Bereavement Special Topic Seminars

Good Grief! My Workplace is Changing

Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-18/Section B
Mineola, NY 11501

Dealing with Anger in the Grief Process

Date: Wednesday, June 5
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-05/06
Mineola, NY 11501

Grieving Differently in a Multicultural Society

Date: Wednesday, September 18
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-05/06
Mineola, NY 11501

Coping with Loss during the Holidays

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-05/06
Mineola, NY 11501

Bereavement Support Groups

Free six-week session groups meet weekly and registration is required. Contact the Pastoral Care Department at 516-663-4749 to register or email us. Groups are held at NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center located at 101 Mineola Boulevard in Mineola.

Parking: 120 Mineola Blvd, Garage on 1st Street, east of Mineola Blvd.

Bereavement Daytime Group

Date: Beginning Monday, February 25
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-020
Mineola, NY 11501

Bereavement Widows Group

Date: Beginning Tuesday, May 7
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-20
Mineola, NY 11501

Bereavement Daytime Group (Starting August)

Date: Beginning Tuesday, August 20
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-22
Mineola, NY 11501

Bereavement Perinatal Group

Date: Beginning Thursday, October 17
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-20
Mineola, NY 11501

Bereavement Men's Group

Date: Beginning Tuesday, November 5
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Room G-22
Mineola, NY 11501

Bereavement Support Groups for NYU Winthrop Employees

Free six-week session employee groups meet weekly and registration is required. Call the Pastoral Care Department at 516-663-4749 or email us. Employee Bereavement Support groups are offered in the Serenity Chapel at NYU Winthrop Hospital, 259 First Street in Mineola.

Daytime Group

Date: Beginning Thursday, March 14
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Serenity ChapelFamily Room B
NYU Winthrop Hospital
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501

Evening Group

Date: Beginning Thursday, October 3
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Serenity ChapelFamily Room B
NYU Winthrop Hospital
259 First Street
Mineola, NY 11501

Breast Cancer Support Group

Free bi-weekly group supports the newly diagnosed individual. Free parking is available and registration is required. Contact Michelle DeCastro, LCSW, OSW-C at 516-663-2556 for details.

Date: Second and fourth Friday of every month
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Breastfeeding Support Group

A board certified lactation consultant leads this free weekly support group. Parking is free and registration is required. Call 1-866-WINTHROP (1-866-946-8476) for details.

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Cancer Support Groups

Blood Cancer Support Group

Designed to encourage the expression of feelings and develop effective ways of coping, this group is facilitated by an oncology social worker. Free parking is available and registration is required. Contact Karen Sheinkopf, LCSW at 516-663-1058 for details.

Dates: July 3, August 7, September 4
October 2, November 6, December 4
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Cancer Support Group (Tuesdays)

Registration is required for this free group that support adults diagnosed with cancer. Contact Karen Sheinkopf, LCSW at 516-663-1058 or email us to register. Free parking is available.

Dates: May 1, 15 & 29; June 12, 26
July 10, 24; August 7, 21
September 4, 18
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Lower Level Conference Room
200 Old Country Road
Mineola, NY 11501
(Parking is free on the 2nd level of the parking garage behind the building on 3rd street.)

Gynecological Cancers Support Group

Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact JoAnne M. Spinner, LCSW-R, CASAC Oncology Social Worker at 516-663-1017. Free parking is available.

Dates: First and third Monday of every month
Time: 1:00pm-2:15pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Living with a Cancer Diagnosis

Registration is required for this free group that support adults diagnosed with cancer. Contact Karen Sheinkopf, LCSW at 516-663-1058 or email us to register. Free parking is available.

Date: Second and fourth Wednesday of every month
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Cancer Caregiver Support Group

For anyone who is supporting a loved one undergoing cancer treatment. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call Derek Adil, LMSW Oncology Social Worker at 516-663-1204. Parking is available.

Dates: May 14, September 10, November 12
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Cancer Support Program Look Good Feel Better®

Women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation receive hands-on training to accentuate their appearance. This free program offers free parking and a makeup gift valued at $200. Call the American Cancer Society to register at 1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345).

Dates: June 3, July 8, August 5, September 9
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

NYU Winthrop Hospital
Center for Cancer Care
120 Mineola Blvd.
Suite 500 Conference Room
Mineola, NY 11501

Cardiology Support Groups

Free programs available for men and women diagnosed with heart disease.

Men’s Support Group

Connect with other men who have experienced a heart event to gain hope and empowerment. Learn treatment options and positive coping mechanisms to decrease anxiety. Call 516-663-1357 to register.

Dates: Second Wednesday of every month
Time: 6:30pm-7:45pm

NYU Winthrop Cardiology Associates
212 Jericho Turnpike
2nd Floor Conference Room
Mineola, NY 11501

View & Download Men's Support Group Flyer

WomenHeart of NYU Winthrop Hospital Support Group

This peer-led support network allows women living with heart disease to connect, participate in educational forums and ask the experts questions about heart health. Contact Barbara Ghyll (718-930-9448) or Susan Kayser (516-557-9897) to register for the Wednesday group and Patricia, Kim or Aileen to sign up for the Thursday group.

Wednesday Group

Dates: Second Wednesday of every month
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

NYU Winthrop Cardiology Associates
212 Jericho Turnpike
2nd Floor Conference Room
Mineola, NY 11501

Thursday Group

Dates: Third Thursday of every month
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm

NYU Winthrop Cardiology Associates
212 Jericho Turnpike
2nd Floor Conference Room
Mineola, NY 11501

View & Download WomenHeart Support Group Flyer

Diabetes Support Groups

Free programs available for children and teens diagnosed with diabetes and their parents.

Dia-Besties: Support Group for Pre-Teens

This group was creatively named by our patients who have experienced the benefits of positive peer support while taking part in the Tween Talk Program. Dia-Besties is designed to educate and assist Pre-Teens to positively cope with the stresses of daily life along with living with Type 1 Diabetes through activities and open discussions. It is FREE and open to children ages 10-13 years old. Dia-Besties will be held monthly on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:15pm. Meetings are facilitated by social worker, Danielle Alessio, LCSW. For more details or to RSVP, contact Danielle Alessio at 516-663-3067 or email Danielle.

Parents must sign child in & out and RSVP is required each month.

Dates: September 11, 2019; October 16, 2019; November 6, 2019; December 11, 2019
January 8, 2020; February 12, 2020; March 11, 2020; April 22, 2020; May 13 2020
Time: 7:00pm-8:15pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Blvd.
Room G-005/006
Mineola, NY 11501

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, please call 516-663-3067 or 516-663-3068 to find out if the meeting is cancelled.

Kids Interested in Diabetes (KIDs) Program

The KIDs Program is designed to teach children about diabetes through games and activities. It is FREE and open to children ages 5 to 10 years and their siblings. Meetings, facilitated by Danielle Alessio, LCSW, Colleen Farley-Cornell, MS, RD, CDN, CDE and Lori Benzoni, MPH. This meeting is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Parents attend the Kindred Spirits support group (see below) at the same time and location. For more details, contact Lori Benzoni at 516-663-2112 or email us.

Date Topic
October 10, 2019 Welcome Back!
November 21, 2019 Bring a teacher night!
December 8, 2019* Holiday Party! 11am-2pm
NYU Winthrop Hospital
(Doctor's Parking Lot)*
Main Hospital
February 6, 2020 Winter Wonderland!
March 5, 2020 Springtime! Exercise/Fun!
April 2, 2020
Annual Spring Conference
101 Mineola Blvd.
Main Lobby
Mineola, NY 11501
*children 5 yrs and older are encouraged to attend as well*
May 21, 2020 Summer time... Luau party!

The Community Church of East Williston
45 East Williston Ave.
East Williston, NY 11596
* the church is on the corner of Roslyn Road and Hillside.

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, please call 516-663-2112 to inquire if the
meeting is cancelled.

Kindred Spirits: United Parents of Children with Diabetes

We welcome Alanna Graham MS, BS, CDE, nurse facilitator and Joyce Sortino serving as the parent facilitator for Kindred Spirits. This meeting is for Adults, Parents & Caregivers and held on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The "KIDS" program will be held at the same time and facility. Contact Lori Benzoni at 516-663-2112 or email us for details.

Date Topic/Speaker
October 10, 2019 JDRF & Back to School Fuel for your School-age Child/Teen
Betsy Paffmann JDRF, Outreach
Colleen Farley-Cornell MS, RD, CND, CDE
November 21, 2019 Snacking & Holiday Eating
Nicole Regan MS, RDN, CDN, CDE
December 8, 2019* Holiday Party! 11am-2pm
NYU Winthrop Hospital
(Doctor's Parking Lot)*
Main Hospital
February 6, 2020 Exploring New Technologies
Alanna Graham RN, MSN, CDE
March 5, 2020 Transitioning Care from Parent to Child
Edith Fiore MS, RN, CPNP, CDE
April 2, 2020
Annual Spring Conference
101 Mineola Blvd.
Main Lobby
Mineola, NY 11501
*children 5 yrs and older are encouraged to attend as well*
May 21, 2020 Camps/Surviving Summer
Alanna Graham RN, MSN, CDE

The Community Church of East Williston
45 East Williston Ave.
East Williston, NY 11596
* the church is on the corner of Roslyn Road and Hillside.

NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, please call 516-663-2112 to inquire if the
meeting is cancelled.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Groups

Registration is required for these free groups supporting adults diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and their caregivers. Contact Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW Neuroscience Social Worker at 516-663-4593 to register. Meetings may occasionally include speakers and free parking is available.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Dates: Third Wednesday of every month
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Multiple Sclerosis Caregiver Support Group

Dates: July 2, August 8, September 3
October 1, November 5, December 3
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Blvd.
Room G-020
Mineola, NY 11501

Neurology Support Group

Caregivers of Individuals with Brain Tumors Support Group

Free monthly sessions will meet on the 1st Thursday of every month and will be facilitated by Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW, Neuroscience Social Worker. Reservations are required. For further information or to reserve your place, please call 516-663-4593.

Dates: First Thursday of every month
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

200 Old Country Rd
Suite 370
Mineola NY, NY 11501
(Parking is free on the 2nd level of the parking garage behind the building on 3rd street.)

Individuals Diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis Support Group

Free monthly sessions will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month and will be facilitated by Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW, Neuroscience Social Worker. Reservations are required and parking is free. For further information or to reserve your place, please call 516-663-4593.

Dates: Second Wednesday of every month
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Ave
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Neuropathy Support Group

Free support group for adults diagnosed with Neuropathy. Registration is required and free parking is available. Contact Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW Neuroscience Social Worker at 516-663-4593 for details.

Dates: Second Wednesday of every month
Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups

These free groups support adults diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. Parking is free and registration is required. Contact Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW Neuroscience Social Worker at 516-663-4593 to reserve your place.

Movement and Music for Parkinson's

Come join us for a 3-part series of dance classes for Parkinson's. Bring a dance partner or come alone! Please dress comfortably with sneakers.

Dates: June 20, August 22, October 17
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

NYIT Wellness Center
1 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11545

Parkinson’s Disease Art Expression Group

Date: First and third Friday of every month (July 5th - NO MEETING)
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups

Mondays Group

Dates: June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23
October 28, November 25, December 23
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Tuesdays Group

Dates: June 25, July 23, August 27
September 24, October 22, November 26
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group

Dates: Third Tuesday of every month
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Young Onset Parkinson's Meet and Greet Evening

If you are between the ages of 30-55 and diagnosed with Young onset PD, then come join us for an evening of information and Tai Chi! You will get a chance to not only meet other adults with PD, but also gather information and experience the benefits of Tai Chi as a way of treating PD symptoms. Please dress comfortably with sneakers.

Date: June 13
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

NYIT Wellness Center
1 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11545

View & Download Young Onset Parkinson's Event Flyer

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Free support group for men diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. Registration is required and free parking is available. Contact Derek Adil, LMSW, Oncology Social Worker at 516-663-1204 for information.

Date: Second and fourth Friday of every month
Time: 5:00pm-6:15pm

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Avenue
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

NYU Winthrop’s Pulmonary Hypertension Center, in conjunction with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, offers free support groups to help those affected with this disease. For location and registration information, contact Mary Bartlett, NP or Stefanie Lombardo at 516-663-2834.

Stroke Support Groups

Free groups for Stroke survivors and their caregivers. Free parking is available. Call 516-663-4593 to reserve your place and for more information.

Stroke Caregiver Support Group

Group will meet on the 1st Monday of every month and will be facilitated by Master of Social Work students Julianna Feigenbaum and Francesca Giammanco and supervised by Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW and Linda Martinez, LCSW-R.

No meetings in July, August and September.

Dates: First Monday of every month.
Time: 10:30am-11:30am

NYU Winthrop Wellness Pavilion
1300 Franklin Ave
Suite ML-5
Garden City, NY 11530

The Stroke Group

A support group for stroke survivors. The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and is facilitated by Lucia Jamaluddin, LMSW, Neuroscience Social Worker; Kathleen Michel, CNRN, MSN, FNP-BC Administrative Director & Coordinator of Cerebrovascular Program; and Princy Varghese, FNP-C, CNRN, Cerebrovascular Program.

Dates: Second Tuesday of every month
Time: 10:00am-11:30am

200 Old Country Road
Suite 370
Mineola, NY 11501
(Parking is free on the 2nd level of the parking garage behind the building on 3rd street.)

Tobacco Cessation

Registration is required for this free six-week program to help smokers quit for good. Topics include motivational support and pharmacological interventions. Sessions are facilitated by a nurse practitioner and social worker from NYU Winthrop Hospital's Department of Behavioral Health. Call 1-866-WINTHROP (1-866-946-8476) to register.

Dates: On the following Thursdays
- May 30; Jun 6, 13, 20, 27 (only 5 weeks)
- Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sept 5
- Sept 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17
- Oct 24, 31; Nov 7, 14, 21; Dec 5
Time: 5:45pm

NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center
101 Mineola Boulevard
Ground Floor Conference Room
Mineola, NY 11501