Connect with our local chapter:

We invite all those diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease, their families, caregivers and individuals who are at risk to attend our Support Group meetings. Meetings provide a supportive environment where participants can share concerns, challenges, and successes. In addition, participants can lend emotional support to one another and lessen feelings of isolation. Meetings are always free to attend and all locations are accessible. Your involvement is important for our support groups! At a meeting you might learn about a community resource, discover a new research study or hear from a guest speaker. Please consider joining us! For further information about any of the support groups, please contact Emily Zivin at 630.443.9876 or email at ezivin@hdsa.org  Cancellations may occur in the case of inclement weather. We will attempt to notify everyone with advanced notice by email. If you are concerned that a meeting may be cancelled, please contact Emily Zivin at 630.443.9876 to confirm.

Central Illinois
2nd Sunday of even months (no meeting in December)
2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location to be determined
contact: Larry Haigh
p. 815-383-1877
larryhaigh@gmail.com

Geneva Illinois
3rd or 4th Sunday of odd months: 2019 Dates 1-20, 3-24, 5-26, 7-21, 9-15, 11-17
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Delnor Hospital
300 Randall Road
Geneva, Illinois
entrance is now through hospital south entrance, go past cafeteria and proceed to Medical Office Building 351, conference room 4.
p. 847-505-3933
joseph.wiedemann@gmail.com

Lake County
2nd Monday of every month
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Advocate Condell Medical Center
801 Milwaukee Ave.
west tower
Libertyville, Illinois
contact: Barry or Marilyn kahn
p. 847-975-2403
marilynkahn1@gmail.com

Rockford
2nd Sunday of every month (May meeting will be at the Team Hope Walk)
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
OSF St. Anthony Hospital
5666 E. State St.
Rockford, Illinois
contact: Dave or Susie Hodgson
p.815-498-6092
dchodgson1946@gmail.com


South Suburban
2nd Tuesday of odd months
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thomas Cellini Huntington's Foundation
3019 East End Ave.
South Chicago Heights,Illinois
contact: Maryann Moynihan
p. 708-955-3080
shamrock1959@att.net

Rush Medical Center
4th Tuesday of even months,  2018 Dates: 2/27, 4/24, 6/26, 8/28, 10/23, 12/12
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Rush Medical Center
Tower Resource Center (tower, 4th floor, suite 04527, in the new building, 1620 W. Harrison, Chicago, Il.)
Parking validation WILL be available.
contact: Sarah Mitchell Chen
312-942-6445
Sarah_M_Chen@rush.edu


Munster, Indiana
2nd Tuesday of even months
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Southside Christian Church
1000 Broadmoor Ave.
Munster, Indiana
contact: CindyRogers
p. 219-836-2369
clrogers111@comcast.net

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern & HDSA Support Group Support group for those affected by HD and their families
Location: Logan Square Library 3030 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The building is one level and handicap-accessible. Free ground-level parking available.
Room: Conference Room
Time: Saturdays 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Dates: Sept 22, 2018, Nov 3, 2018, Jan 26, 2019, Mar 16, 2019, May 18, 2019, July 20, 2019, Sept 14, 2019, Nov - Group will take place downtown right after the HD Family Symposium. 
Make sure you are on the monthly NM HD email list by contacting Danielle Marino, LCSW: Danielle.marino@northwestern.edu


On-Line Support for those at-risk and asymptomatic
The Illinois HDSA chapter is now offering a closed, monitored (by the chapter social worker) google group for individuals who are at-risk/asymptomatic. This is a private online group that allows individuals to ask questions, share ideas and support one another. All members of the group must be 18 years and older. If you are interested in joining, please email ezivin@hdsa.org and ask to join the at-risk/asymptomatic google group. Emily Zivin, LCSW Illinois Chapter Social Worker Huntington's Disease Society of America (630) 443-9876.


Caregiver Support Group
Location: Winnetka Library
Address: 768 Oak Street,
Winnetka, IL 60093
Location: community room
First meeting: Tuesday, April 16th, 7-8:30 Future meeting location and time to be determined.
Contact person: Emily Zivin, 630-443-9876 or ezivin@hdsa.org

Meeting Guidelines We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.
Share the air time Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize the group time.
One person speaks at a time Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruptions and side conversations.
What is said here stays here This is the essential principle of confidentiality and MUST be respected by all participants.
Differences of opinion are OK We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.
We are all equal We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.
Use "I" language It’s important to use “I” language because you are talking about yourself and not a vague person or group of people.
The use of “I” helps avoid someone feeling like they are being attacked. Examples include: “I feel like you handled that difficult situation the best that you could have” “I had good experiences with antidepressant meds in my family”
Its OK not to share People do not have to share if they do not wish to.
Its everyone's responsibility to make the group a safe place to share We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

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