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Support & Networking Groups

Having epilepsy or caring for someone who does can be challenging. When epilepsy is diagnosed, it affects the whole family. Sometimes the practical problems of daily living – from insurance, to jobs, to medical care – may seem overwhelming. At other times, it helps just to talk to people who understand what its like to live with epilepsy.

Some people and their families living with epilepsy report a need for support and education within the epilepsy community. The Epilepsy Foundation Maryland Education and Networking Groups are designed to provide this to those who are interested in connecting with others living with epilepsy, and to learn from guest speakers on topics associated with epilepsy.

The groups listed here are open to anyone living or connected to epilepsy. These epilepsy groups are not intended to furnish medical advice or professional psychotherapy. The Epilepsy Foundation Maryland is not liable for the information presented at meetings.

For further information on any of the groups listed below, or if there is no group in your area and you wish to start one, please contact Epilepsy Foundation Maryland at (301) 918-2100 or e-mail maryland@efa.org.

 

 

Please note: All Support Groups will be virtual meetings until farther notice. Please contact maryland@efa.org if you would like to participate.

 

Columbia Area Group

7 PM – 8:30 PM
Meets on the following 2020 dates at the Savage Volunteer Fire Company, Savage Volunteer Fire Company 8521 Corridor Rd, Savage, MD 20763:  June 2, August 4, October 6, December 1, 2020

 

Baltimore Area Group

Meets the 2nd Tuesday Bimonthly in Baltimore.

2020 Schedule: January 14, March 10, May 12, July 14, September 8, November 10. Meetings run from 12:30-1:30 PM.

Contact maryland@efa.org or 410-454-0914 for more information.

 

West Central Maryland Parent Group

2020 Schedule: June 25th, July 23rd, Aug 27th, Sept 24th, Oct 22nd, Dec 3rd.

Contact maryland@efa.org or 410-454-0914 for more information.

 

Young Adult Gatherings

An opportunity for young adults ages 19 – 35 living with epilepsy to share their experiences and support each other. This group will meet quarterly. Please reach out to maryland@efa.org to receive information about upcoming gatherings.

 

Uplift Phone Group & Caregiver Support Group

These two conference calls meet by phone, so can be accessed by people who can’t attend an in-person group and need support in managing epilepsy or caring for a loved one with epilepsy.

For Information on any of these groups call 301-918-2100.

 

Partnering Agency Groups

Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center

Meets the 3rd Thursday Bimonthly in Bethesda. Anyone interested can RSVP/inquire to bartons@epilepsydc.com or by calling their office at (301)530-9744.

2020 Schedule:

  • March 19th
  • May 21st
  • July 16th
  • September 17th
  • November 19th

 

Holy Cross Hospital

Meets Bimonthly in Silver Spring. Next meeting is Wednesday, February 19th, 2020. For more information call 301-754-8800 or check this website.

 

Medstar St. Mary’s Hospital

A bi-monthly epilepsy support group, lead by board-certified neurologist Yongxing Zhou, MD, PhD. Get answers to your questions about living with epilepsy and gain support from others who also have epilepsy.

2020 Schedule: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

  • March 25
  • May 27
  • July 29
  • September 30

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, The Blue Heron Cafe, Potomac Room,
25500 Point Lookout Rd.
Leonardtown, MD 20650

For more information please call, 240-434-7929