Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery support groups

There are several support groups to help patients of UW Health's Neurosurgery Program and their families and friends learn the best ways to meet their health challenges.

Brain Tumor Support Group

This is a community organization for brain tumor survivors and their family members, friends and others. It helps people learn more about brain tumors, share their experiences and become inspired to move forward.

  • Location: University Hospital

  • Meetings: Meets the third Thursday of every month.

  • More information: For more information about the support group or to be added to the mailing list to receive meeting reminders and notices of special meeting events, such as caregiver sessions and guest speakers, please contact Lori Hayes at hayes@humonc.wisc.edu or (608) 265-1192.

Virtual Madison Area Stroke and Aneurysm Support Group

These sessions are a way for affected patients, families and friends to connect with others to help each other live their best lives. Open and honest discussions about recovery issues, roadblocks and solutions are the goal. UW Health and Unity Point-Meriter staff will be there to facilitate and answer questions, but the group belongs to the participants.

  • Location: Webex

  • Meetings: Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6pm

  • Hosted by: Unity Point-Meriter and UW Health

  • More information: Please call Melanie McCauley at (608) 264-4698

Madison Spinal Cord Injury Group

The Spinal Cord Injury Group provides an open forum for discussion on spinal cord injury, disease and paralysis topics including wheelchair activities and accessibility issues; provides mentoring and awareness; and offers adaptive and accessible events and activities for the individual and family.

  • Location: Wellspring United Methodist Church, 5702 South Hill Drive, Madison

  • Meetings: Meetings are held the second Monday of the month from 6-7:30pm.

  • More information: Go to www.sci-madison.org for more information.

Madison Young Onset Parkinson's Support Group

This group is for young onset Parkinson's patients 40 years and younger, their families, and care support to gain information on Parkinson's disease through education and support from others.

Location: St. Marys Hospital, Room 1209, 700 S. Park St. Madison
Meetings: Meets quarterly, the first Thursday of the month from 6-7:15pm.
More information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions and for individual session room numbers.

Moving Forward: Resources for People with Movement Disorders

Moving Forward is a monthly support and information group for people who suffer from Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremor and other movement disorders. This free seminar series features topic experts to address questions about movement disorder-related subjects such as disease diagnosis, treatment and management, common concerns and caregiving options, case studies, patient stories and experiences, new research and developments, moving forward to your best life.

  • Location: Virtual

  • Meetings: 10 sessions, February through November, second Monday of the month from 6:30-8pm

  • More information: Moving Forward

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Madison

An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.

  • Location: Asbury United Methodist Church, 6101 University Ave., Madison

  • Meetings: Meets the third Wednesday of the month, 2:45-4pm

  • More information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Monona

An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.

  • Location: Monona United Methodist Church, 606 Nichols Rd., Monona

  • Meetings: Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 2-4pm

  • More information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Stoughton

An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.

  • Location: Stoughton Area Senior Center, 248 West Main St., Stoughton

  • Meetings: Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:30-3pm

  • More information: Please contact Hollee at (608) 873-8585 with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Sun Prairie

An array of Parkinson's disease experts speak monthly about specifics of the disease and research developments. Family and friends of Parkinson's disease patients are also welcome to attend. Groups will be split up between persons with Parkinson's and care providers.

  • Location: Colonial Club Senior Center, Therapy Room, 301 Blankenheim Lane, Sun Prairie

  • Meetings: Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month from 1-2pm

  • More information: Please contact Jordan at (608) 345-7938 or parkinson_assn@ssmhc.com with any questions.

Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group - Waunakee

This group is for anyone who is affected by Parkinson's Disease. This includes those who have Parkinson's, their family members and care givers. The Parkinson's Disease Support Group provides a forum to meet other individuals with Parkinson's Disease, learn from speakers and talk about common issues and concerns.

  • Location: Waunakee Senior Center, 333 S. Madison St, Waunakee

  • Meetings: Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2pm. If you plan to attend, please call the Waunakee Senior Center at (608) 849-8385 to register.

  • More information: Please contact Candice at (608) 850-5877 with any questions