Right now, diabetes is forever. There is no cure for diabetes. That is why diabetes support groups are a valuable resource. Whether you have had diabetes for many years or were diagnosed yesterday, a support group can help you.

Support groups unite people who live with diabetes and their family members in a sense of community providing them with up-to-date diabetes information, educational resources and support.

Attending meetings is a way to compliment what you learn from your health care team and motivate you towards better daily diabetes management. Each meeting usually features a talk by an expert in the field of diabetes followed by questions and general discussion.

ADULT GROUPS

Cardiovascular Medical Associates- 975 Stewart Ave Garden City, NY 11530

ADA Accredited Diabetes Education Program offers educational classes every 6 weeks, (3 consecutive Tuesdays 1-3pm or 3 consecutive Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm) which covers all aspects of diabetes self management, support groups are offered every other month and individual counseling is also available.

Our diabetes management team includes RN’s and an RD who are certified in diabetes education. We also have an evening RD on staff.

Contact: Ann Marie Hasse RN,BSN,CDE –Coordinator of Diabetes Education Program at 516-222-8617 or nursing@cmadrs.com

Most insurance accepted. Please ask your physician for a referral for diabetes education.

Diabetes Club at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital

Open to the community

Held third Tuesday of each month (except July, August and December) at theHome Care Building, 103 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. No cost.

Call for more information: 654-7778

The Diabetes Under Control Club (DUCC)

An educational adult support group at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month from March to June and September to December in the Hospitalís Guild Conference Center, at 7:30 PM. Each month, guest speakers provide information to members helping them to better manage their diabetes.

Contact: Susan Propper - MS, RD, CDE at (631) 376-4049.

G.L.A.D. - The Good Life and Diabetes Support Group

All persons with diabetes and their family members are welcome to attend

St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center - American Diabetes Association Sponsored
Route 25A, Smithtown, New York

Meet on the third Saturday of each month (except for the months of January, February, July and August) in the lower level of the professional building from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.

Contact: Sally Economo (631) 724-7022

Huntington Hospital Diabetes Education Series

Huntington Hospital - Dolan Family Health Center
284 Pulaski Road, Greenlawn, NY

Meets 2nd Thursday of each month. NO meeting in Jan, Feb, July or Aug. The meeting starts at 7 pm.

  • A diabetes educator will be available to answer questions 6:30 - 7:15.
  • Speakers presentations begin at 7:15 pm.

Program Coordinator - Virginia Smith, RN, NP, CDE - 631-547-7179 or vsmith@hunthosp.org
The series Medical Advisors are Dr. Michael Balkin and Dr. Gary Trager, Endocrinologists, Huntington Hospital.

Long Island Pump Club - MiniMed - Guest speakers and various topics related to pump therapy

For those who are considering pump therapy, this is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and learn the benefits firsthand. Family, friends and anyone interested may attend.

Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library located at 999 Old Country Road, Plainview, NY. Meetings will be held the following Thursdays; March 7, April 25, June 6 and start at 7:30 pm sharp.

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

18 million Americans have diabetes but you can still feel alone. Come to our support/education group. Join us to learn more about diabetes management strategies or share your experience with others.

Hosted by:
North Shore University Hospital
Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Group Facilitators:
Doreen Small, RN, MA, CDE -- LIHMC -Clinical Nurser Specialist Diabetes
Terry Tan, MBA -- NSLIJ Program Coordinator, Raggio Nephrology Institute

Supported by: American Diabetes Association

Where: 100 Community Drive, 2nd Floor, Great Neck, NY (Across from the Waldbaum Dialysis Center)

Contact: 718-470-7907 for more information.

Southside Hospital - Group discussions, guest speakers, role-playing, question & answer

All family members are welcome to attend.

Diabetes support group meets every second Wednesday of the month in the Southside Hospital Board Room #1, unless otherwise specified. Meeting time is 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Telephone: (631) 968-3136 • Fax: (631) 968-3529

CHILDREN'S GROUPS

Robert K. Sweeney Summer Fun Days Diabetes Camp

The Robert K. Sweeney Summer Fun Days Diabetes Camp was founded in 1997 by Familes with Diabetes in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. This is a two-week day camp located at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, NY. It is open to youngsters five to ten years of age from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM each day. We stress safety, education and fun. The children get an opportunity to meet and become friends with others living with diabetes. The camp is staffed entirely by volunteers and the cost is minimal.

For more information call (631) 852-4959.

The Good Samaritan Hospital Childrenís Diabetes Support Group

Children between the ages of 5-12 attend along with their families to discuss ways to lead healthy lives with diabetes.

The group meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Home Care America in West Islip. This informative program, offered monthly, will cover all aspects of diabetes self-management. Instruction is provided by registered nurses and registered dieticians who are certified in diabetes education. Individual counseling is offered for gestational diabetes and juvenile diabetes (for children with their parents). Most insurances accepted. Ask you physician for a referral to the Diabetes Care Center.

Contact: Susan Propper, MS, RD, CDE at (631) 376-4049.

Winthrop-University Hospital - Two Groups

Toddler and Preschool Support (TAPS): This support group for families of toddlers and preschoolers with diabetes meets monthly during the academic year on Saturday mornings. The parents meet for information and support while the children and siblings play with adult supervision.

Kindred Spirits: This information and support group for parents and children with diabetes (all ages) meets monthly during the academic year on Thursday evenings.

Mineola - Nassau County.

Contact: Virginia Dittko, RN - Director, Diabetes Education Center at (516) 663-2350 or www.winthrop.org