New ALS Support Group Forms in NWCT

The newly formed ALS Support Group will be holding its first meeting at VNS of CT office located at 62 Commercial Blvd, Torrington, CT, on June 13th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. The group plans to meet monthly at no cost, and is open to both people living with ALS and their caregivers, family, and friends. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The Connecticut Chapter was founded in 1988 by a group of volunteers to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS and covers research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy. Their mission is to help people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to leave no stone unturned in search for the cure.

“The ALS Association CT Chapter works with over 350 families each year. One service we are happy to provide is support groups throughout the state. ALS is a disease that impacts the entire family, it can feel very isolating and group can be a place for people to learn from and support one another. We currently facilitate groups in: Milford, Fairfield, East Lyme, New Britain, Bristol, and an online video patient group. We saw the need for a group in Litchfield County and are happy to start in June!” said Michelle Kiely, LMSW, Regional Care Manager for Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham Counties of the ALS Association Connecticut Chapter.

“Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is pleased to support and promote this wonderful new healthcare support group in our community, and we encourage all those affected by this disease to take full advantage of this new free resource.” said Charlotte Hungerford Hospital spokesman Tim LeBouthillier.

For more information, call 203-308-7996 or e-mail mkiely@alsact.org at the ALS Association of CT Chapter.

 

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