Support Groups


For additional information about North Shore Senior Center's various support groups, outreach efforts and caregiver services, please call 847.784.6040 between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Parkinson's Disease Support Groups


For now, the Parkinson’s Support Groups are meeting virtually every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. To join this group or for more information, please contact Diane Behnke at dbehnke@nssc.org or Heather Resnick at hresnick@nssc.org.


This weekly support program provides information and encouragement in dealing with common concerns and issues related to Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's disease and their families/caregivers meet in separate groups at the start of each session. Then, all the participants come together for light refreshments and conversation. Groups meet at our Northfield location every Wednesday from 2 - 3:30 p.m. Suggested monthly donation is $20 per family.


Advance registration is preferred but not required. Please contact Diane Behnke at dbehnke@nssc.org for more information on the support group for people living with Parkinson's, or Heather Resnick at hresnick@nssc.org for family caregivers. 


Hearing Loss Support Groups


During the pandemic, the Hearing Loss Support Group meets virtually every Monday from 11 a.m. to noon. To join this group, please contact Mary Blumer-Reed at mblumer-reed@nssc.org or 224.304.0023. There will be no meeting on Memorial Day. The next meeting is scheduled for June 1. 


Speech Reading
This unique class teaches individuals who experience some hearing loss how to read lips. Learn how to use visual awareness, listening strategies and communication strategies to make communication easier. This group meets every Monday (except the second Monday of the month) from 10 - 11 a.m.  and is followed by Sound Off.


Sound Off: Hearing Loss Support Group
Share solutions and successes with others who are dealing with hearing loss. Express the frustrations of hearing loss. Learn ideas about how to accommodate changes in your lives, and for activities that work for hearing-impaired people. Discuss coping and stress-reducing strategies, assertiveness and self-advocacy, and about new assistive technologies. This group meets every Monday (except the second Monday of the month) from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 


Chicago North Shore Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America 

The HLAA provides a monthly educational presentation for anyone experiencing or interested in learning about hearing loss. HLAA opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss. Meetings are the second Monday of the month at 10 a.m. There is a requested donation of $20 per year.


For more information on any of the Hearing Loss groups, please contact Mary Blumer-Reed at 224.304.0023 or
mblumer-reed@nssc.org.


Low Vision Support Group for Older Adults


This group meets monthly and offers individuals the opportunity to discuss their insights and challenges of living with vision loss. Additionally, participants have accessed resources that could help them understand their vision impairments and develop skills to manage daily living tasks successfully. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month from 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. at the Levy Senior Center Library, 300 Dodge Avenue, in Evanston, Illinois.


To learn more, please contact Erica Murillo at 847.424.5684 or emurillo@nssc.org.


Caregiver Support Groups


Evanston Family Caregiver Support Group

1st Wednesday of the month, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, Illinois
Facilitator: Rose Karasti, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, 847.424.5671 or rkarasti@nssc.org

Please contact facilitator prior to attending your first meeting.


Skokie Family Caregiver Support Group:
4th Wednesday of the month, 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Skokie Village Hall—Second floor, Room D 
5127 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois
Facilitator: Rose Karasti, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, 847.424.5671 or rkarasti@nssc.org.

Please contact facilitator prior to attending your first meeting.


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group: 
3rd Monday of the month, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 
Evanston, Illinois 
Facilitator: Ruth Malutan, MSW, 847.424.5654