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Global Neurosciences Institute (GNI) Foundation’s Support Groups provides patients, their family, caregivers, and loved ones a space where they can talk freely about their challenges and issues without being judged. Sharing experiences with others in a similar situation can provide empowerment and control, in turn reduce stress and depression.

Support Groups

The heart of our program is to provide a sense of empowerment through friendship and peer-to-peer communication. At Global Neurosciences Institute, we treat our patients and their family members as our family — one GNI family. Together, we will work to provide answers, support, and comfort through our Support Group programs.

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2023 Virtual Stroke Support Group Meeting Schedule

The last Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

JANUARY 25, 2023
Topic: Support from Survivors
Led by: Mandy Binning, MD with Linda Wentmore
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for January 25.

FEBRUARY 22, 2023
Topic: Afib & Stroke Risk Factors
Led by: Kenneth Liebman, MD and Andrew Mehalick, DO, Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for February 22.

MARCH 29, 2023
Topic: Brain Healthy Diet
Led by: Mandy Binning, MD and Michelle Brown MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES, Clinical Nutrition Coordinator, Mercy Fitzgerald | Nazareth Hospital
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for March 29.

APRIL 26, 2023
Topic: Stroke & Executive Functioning
Led by: Jennifer L. Gallo, PhD
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for April 26.

MAY 31, 2023
Topic: Signs & Symptoms of Stroke
Led by: Paul Shneidman, MD and Rudy Rahme, MD
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for May 31.

JUNE 28, 2023
Topic: Stroke & Memory Loss
Led by: G. Peter Gliebus, MD
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for June 28.


SEPTEMBER 27, 2023
Topic: Home Safety & Fall Prevention
Led by: Mandy Binning, MD & Cheryl Demo Morris, MOT, OTR/L, Occupational Therapy
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for September 27.

OCTOBER 25, 2023
Topic: Emergency Preparedness
Led by: Karen Greenberg, DO
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for October 25.

NOVEMBER 29, 2023
Topic: Staying Healthy through the Holidays
Led by: Mandy Binning, MD
Location: Virtual Only
Click here to register for November 29.


Need for Peer Support, Hope and Encouragement

Not everyone copes with life’s difficulties the same way. Our program offers support and help patients need to adjust to changes in their lives. Sharing similar problems is a way to learn to live with those changes. The aim of our program is to unite patients around their common experiences to find positive solutions and support for each other.

The open, non-judgmental, nature of our Support Groups is one of the best ways to feel that you’re not alone.

We are all social, needing plenty of contact and connection with one another to thrive. But for many of our patients, who may have a wide range of disabilities, maintaining social contacts can be difficult. That’s why a connection to our Support Groups is so important.

  • We counter loneliness and isolation. One of the most difficult realities after a neurologic event or diagnosis.
  • We provide a non-judgmental, compassionate space where you can talk about your feelings.
  • We give you ways to improve your coping skills and help you adjust to a new life situation.
  • We work to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
  • We provide different information about your medical team, treatments, and other resources you may not have known about or know you will need in the future.
  • We bring together new friends who are dealing with similar situations.


Experience to Help You Successfully Adapt

Recovery is not a linear process. Our programs are not about comparing stories. They are about communicating and being tuned in to your life, to help with changing needs and concerns.

We provide comfort and guidance with:

  • The changing of life roles and new responsibilities
  • Social affiliations
  • Fatigue management
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Changing needs, new realities
  • Adjusting to routines
  • Managing care
  • Understanding your situation
  • Stigmas
  • Medication management
  • Hospital jargon
  • Understanding who’s on your medical care team



Global Neurosciences Institute Support Groups help and support our patients and their loved ones and is brought to you by Global Neurosciences Institute Foundation.

To learn more about the GNI Foundation, click here.