Support Groups

Support groups offer encouragement and advice, as well as practical tips for dealing with illness, recovery, and the challenges of everyday life. Search our events calendar for meeting time and location information.

Regularly Meeting Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

Support group for people who feel they have a problem with alcohol.

Full listing of local groups. Registration not required

AA Hotline: 610-373-6500

The answering service will offer times and locations of Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, or if necessary, will give the caller the name and number of a contact person they can speak with until they can attend a meeting.

Aphasia Support Group

Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to speak and understand others. The Aphasia Support Group is designed to help people with aphasia, family members, and friends deal with the ongoing challenges encountered when living with aphasia.

The group sessions will include educational information, guest speakers, and opportunities for social interaction.

Location:
Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital
2802 Papermill Road
Wyomissing

Better Breather Support Group

Better Breathers offers support, education, information, and guidance to individuals and their families with lung health concerns.

Location:
Reading Hospital
5th Avenue Conference Center
West Reading

Caregivers Support Group

If you're a caregiver for a loved one, you'll benefit from getting to know other caregivers. Talk about your challenges and successes, learn tips for stress relief and how to be a better caregiver.

More information coming soon.

Epilepsy Support Group

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that produces brief disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain, causing seizures. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy and seizures affect nearly 3 million Americans. 

Our Epilepsy Support Group provides resources, assistance, and support to epilepsy patients and their families.

This group meets on the second Thursday each month starting at 6:30 p.m.

Location:
Reading Hospital
5th Avenue Conference Center
West Reading

FLOW, Tai Chi, and Yoga

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is known to have many health benefits. An experienced instructor will lead you through slow, relaxed, graceful movements. With a focus on breathing and meditation, the entire body is always in motion, moving gently and at a uniform speed. Class has a $5 fee.

Healing Yoga Classes

Yoga is a holistic healing system for creating harmony and balance on all levels: body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Yoga can help strengthen the immune system and encourage the development of inner resources that help in dealing with a life-changing illness.

Hatha Yoga

Yoga is a great method of exercising and stretching. Practiced for health and vitality, Hatha yoga is typically gentle and provides a good introduction to yoga poses. The class is sensitive to all fitness levels and health needs.

Infertility Discussion/Support Group

Our free monthly support group is for couples dealing with the social and emotional stresses of infertility. We offer non-medical discussions about the many difficulties and outcomes that infertility creates in the family unit.

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Location:
The Women's Clinic, Suite 245,
301 S. Seventh Avenue
Doctors Office Building
West Reading

Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group

Man-To-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This is an educational and support group for men who have prostate cancer and for those interested in learning about the disease. Participants will discuss problems, concerns, anxieties, and experiences related to prostate cancer.

Participants will discuss problems, concerns, anxieties, and experiences related to prostate cancer.

Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month starting at 7:00 p.m.

Location:
American Cancer Society
498 Bellevue Avenue
Reading

Narcotics Anonymous

Support for people who feel they have a problem with drugs.

Every Monday at 8 p.m.

St. James Church, 644 Penn Avenue, West Reading

For more information, please call 484-628-8186.

Overeaters Anonymous

This group offers emotional support for individuals with an eating disorder.

This group meets Saturday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m. 

Location:
Reading Hospital
The Education Center
West Reading

For more information please call 484-628-HELP (4357)

Parkinson's Support Group

Provides support and educational material for the management of Parkinson's disease for patients and their families.

Second Sunday of each month (with some exceptions - see details)
at Reading Hospital for Post-Acute Rehabilitation, starting at 
2 p.m.

For more information or to register, call (610) 929-8627.

Remembrance and Reflection: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

Infant death is one of the most devastating experiences parents can face. Nothing can take away the pain or fill the baby's place in parents' hearts – but acknowledging that grief and sharing feelings with others who have had similar losses may help.

The Remembrance and Reflection Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group was formed to offer support to parents and other loved ones who have lost a baby at any point from conception to shortly after birth.

Parents and other loved ones are welcome at any or all of the support group sessions. Feel free to come and share or just come and listen.

Adults only, please.

Location:
Reading Hospital
Thun/Janssen Auditorium
West Reading

Come to any or all of the sessions. Park in the 6th Avenue Garage and enter at the 6th Avenue Lobby.

Location: Reading Hospital's Thun/Janssen Auditorium

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Scleroderma Support Group

A support group for patients living with scleroderma.

Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of every other month, starting at 7 p.m.

Location:
Reading Health Pediatrics
40 Berkshire Court
Wyomissing, PA

Sleep Apnea Support Group

A support group for people living with sleep apnea.

Group meets on second Tuesday of every third month (March, June, September, and December) starting at 7 p.m.

Location:
Reading Hospital
5th Avenue Conference Center
West Reading

Stroke Support Group

Recovering from stroke can be a long, hard road - not only for stroke survivors but also for their family and friends. The Stroke Support Group is designed to help stroke survivors, family members, and friends learn more about life after stroke.

The group sessions will include educational information, guest speakers, and opportunities for social interaction.

Location:
Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital
2802 Papermill Road
Wyomissing, PA

Weight Management Support Group

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  • Planning Committee meeting: This group of patient volunteers meets in the WMC conference room on the third Thursday of most months at 6 p.m. to plan support group meetings and activities.
  • Second Helping Support Meeting is an informal meeting to mix and mingle with other patients without the structure of the larger meeting. This group meets the third Thursday of most months at 7 p.m.
  • Fitness for Anyone is a group session led by Nathan Baron at the WMC on the first and third Saturday of each month. Cost is $12 per person. Class size is limited. Contact Baron at 610-413-8594 or by e-mail for more information or to register. Registration is required. The group meets at the Reading Health Rehabilitation Hospital at 8:30 a.m.

The Reading Health Physician Network - Weight Management Center Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the Reading Hospital Conference Center, Rooms 1-3, 5th Avenue Lobby entrance.

We welcome all those who have had, or are considering surgical weight loss. Our meetings provide an opportunity to speak with other patients who have had surgery.

A support network provides education and information at each meeting. We also provide the opportunity to socialize and ask questions after each meeting. Studies have shown that those patients who regularly attend support meetings tend to do better overall.