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SUPPORT GROUPS: UPMC ALTOONA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

Questions - Call Mandy Dell @ 889-2706

Support groups meeting on at UPMC Altoona, 620 Howard Ave., use the Allegheny and Bedford rooms and the Rotunda on the 6th floor of the Outpatient Center and Dining Room B adjacent to the main cafeteria on Tower 4.

Support groups and clinics also meet at the Education and Finance Center, 2621 8th Avenue.

The Station Medical Center is located at 1516 9th Ave., off 17th Street on 9th Avenue. To find the meeting room, use the UPMC Altoona Outpatient Services entrance in the left section of the complex.

Alzheimer's Support Group

Facilitator - Marlene Mock

When: Last Tuesday of each month - 6:30 p.m. (except December)

Where: Allegheny Room - 6th Floor Outpatient Center, UPMC Altoona

Purpose: To help meet the need for emotional support and education of those caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, or a related disorder.

Eligibility: Any individual who is interested in Alzheimer's including family, caregivers, professionals, and others.

January 29, 2019 July 30, 2019
February 26, 2019 August 27, 2019
March 26, 2019 September 24, 2019
April 30, 2019 October 29, 2019
May 28, 2019 November 26, 2019
June 25, 2019 No meeting scheduled in December


Bariatric Support Group Dates


Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions


Depression and Bipolar Self-Help Group



Facilitator - Marlene Mock

When: Every Wednesday evening - 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: Bedford Room, 6th Floor, Outpatient Center, UPMC Altoona

Purpose: Members meet for mutual assistance in helping to deal with depression. Intended to complement formal care of depression and bipolar disorder.

Eligibility: Open to anyone with depression or bipolar illness, or their families.



Parkinson's Support Group

Facilitator - Marlene Mock

When: Last Monday of each Month - 11:00 a.m. (except May and December)

Where: Hoss's Restaurant, Valley View Blvd. & 7th St., Altoona, PA

Purpose: To help meet the need for emotional support and education of those caring for someone with Parkinson's disease, or a related disorder.

Eligibility: Any individual who is interested in Parkinson's disease, including family, caregivers, professionals, and others.

January 28, 2019 July 29, 2019
February 25, 2019 August 26, 2019
March 25, 2019 September 30, 2019
April 29, 2019 October 28, 2019
No meeting scheduled in MayNovember 25, 2019
June 24, 2019 No meeting scheduled in December


Support Group for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One Through Suicide

Facilitator - Deb Vladic

When: Third Wednesday of each month - 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Where: Access Center located in Blair Medical Center, 501 Howard Avenue, Building C, Altoona, PA

Purpose: To help people who have experienced or are experiencing specific emotional feelings that they can share with others in the aftermath of the suicide death of a loved one.

Eligibility: Those experiencing specific emotional feelings and seek emotional support to cope with their specific grief issues.

January 16, 2019 July 17, 2019
February 20, 2019 August 21, 2019
March 20, 2019 September 18, 2019
April 17, 2019 October 16, 2019
May 15, 2019 November 20, 2019
June 19, 2019 December 18, 2019


Perinatal Loss Support

The Perinatal Loss Support Group was cancelled in 2013. However, a group can be arranged if/when the need arises.

In lieu of the group, Marlene Mock currently provides individual support and information for anyone who has experienced a perinatal loss. Please contact Mandy Dell at 889-2706 for more information.



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