Rehabilitation Support Groups

At NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, we believe that physical treatment is just one step on the journey toward wellness. Equally important is supporting people emotionally as they deal with injury, illness, and recovery. Our groups provide peer and expert support to help you adjust to the challenges and changes in your life.

Amputee Support Program

NYU Langone’s amputee support program is known as LEAP!—Learning and Encouragement for Amputees with and without Prosthetics. LEAP! is a monthly support group where amputees, their families and friends, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and social workers can learn, teach, interact, and support each other.

Meetings take place on the last Thursday of every month from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at NYU Langone’s Ambulatory Care Center, located at 240 East 38th Street.

For more information about the program or if you have questions about the monthly meetings, please call 646-501-7783.

Mended Hearts Program

People in a cardiothoracic rehabilitation program are encouraged to participate in a cardiovascular disease support group at NYU Langone’s Ambulatory Care Center, located at 240 East 38th Street.

A chapter of one very effective group, The Mended Hearts Association, has been active at NYU Langone Medical Center since 1997. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Ambulatory Care Center. Contact Greg Sweeney at 212-263-1122 for more information.

Communication Community Group for People with Parkinson's Disease

The Communication Community Group for People with Parkinson’s Disease provides an opportunity for people to practice and maintain their speech skills after their formal speech therapy program has ended.

For further information, please contact Linda Carozza at linda.carozza@nyumc.org or 646-501-7770.

Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group provides a forum where loved ones of people with Parkinson’s disease can discuss shared experiences, get expert tips on topics such as stress management, and learn about community resources that can help ease their burden as caregivers.

The group meets on the first Thursday of every month from 3:30PM to 5:00PM at the Ambulatory Care Center, located at 240 East 38th Street, 16th floor conference room. For more information, please contact Heather Menzer or Ilana Rosenberg at 646-501-7547, or call 212-263-5018.

Achilles Midtown East

People with spinal cord injury, limb loss, and brain injury who are interested in competing athletically can join Rusk Rehabilitation’s chapter of Achilles International, known as Achilles Midtown East. The chapter meets in the Ambulatory Care Center lobby every Thursday at 4:30PM and practices on the running path near the FDR Drive.

Our members include athletes who run, walk, and use hand-crank cycles, wheelchairs, and power wheelchairs. Members participate according to their ability and progress at their own pace.

Those interested in joining our practices are asked to first join Achilles International. Membership is free. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Gatta at 212-263-6059.

Aphasia Community Group Program

The Aphasia Community Group Program provides socialization and group interaction to people with aphasia, or loss of speech, a condition that may occur following a stroke or other brain injury or illness.

For further information, please contact Mary Reilly, MS, at 212-263-6027.

Young Stroke Survivors Group

The Young Stroke Survivors Group is an open forum for younger people who have had a stroke and their family members and caregivers. There is no age requirement. Attendees range in age from their teens to early 60s, with an average age in the mid-40s. Discussions relate to relationships, self-image, employment, dating, aftercare, and current research studies.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30PM to 6:30PM in Room RR 111-112 of the Ambulatory Care Center, located at 240 East 38th Street.

For more information about the group, contact Dina Pagnotta at geraldine.pagnotta@nyumc.org or 212-404-3793 or Pamela Singer at pamela.singer@nyumc.org or 212-263-8070, extension 74823.

The Family and Friends of Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury Group

The Family and Friends of Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury Group is designed to assist family members and friends of individuals with acquired neurological conditions in learning more about the frequent physical, mental, and emotional changes associated with brain injury or illness.

Meetings are held the on third Thursday of each month from 5:30PM to 6:30PM on the 17th floor of the Ambulatory Care Center, located at 240 East 38th Street.

To register, please contact us at 212-263-6177 or kristine.kingsley@nyumc.org.