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Find an Osteoporosis Support Group

Support groups are a great way to learn more about osteoporosis and how to live with the disease directly from those in similar situations. Use our directory below to find a support group in your area. If we don’t have a support group in your area and you’re interested in starting one, please review and complete the NOF Online Support Group Application  or visit our Online Support Community hosted by Inspire.

If you have questions about starting a support group, National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group Leader, Susan Recker is available as a resource. Please contact her by phone (402-280-4810) or email.

Please contact us if you’d like to edit or update your support group listing.

Arizona

NOF Scottsdale Healthcare Osteoporosis Support and Education Group

Scottsdale
Support Group website: HonorHealth.com/events

The Scottsdale Osteoporosis Support and Education group offers participants an opportunity to give and receive support from those in similar situations, enjoy expert speakers on a wide variety of topics related to osteoporosis and low bone density, and learn tips on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, every other month at the Scottsdale Shea Medical Center, Brady Conference Center, 903 East Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. The remaining meeting dates for 2018 are: October 17 and December 19. The meetings are FREE and open to anyone living with osteoporosis or low bone density. To learn more about the group, please visit HonorHealth.com/events or call (480) 323-3691 for additional information.

NOF Tucson AZ Support Group

Tucson
Support group email: rxdana@cox.net

For a schedule of upcoming meetings, please email: rxdana@cox.net.

California

NOF Eisenhower Osteoporosis Medical Center Support Group

Rancho Mirage
Support group email: RFausel2@emc.org

NOF South Bay Osteoporosis Support Group

Torrance
Support group email: CarolH726@aol.com

The NOF Southbay Osteoporosis Support Group meets in Torrance, CA at 3pm on the first Tuesday of even numbered months, except December. The group meets at the Little Company of Mary Hospital, in the health education building on Earl Street in Torrance, California. Please email Carol Harrison at CarolH726@aol.com with questions or for additional meeting details.

San Diego Bone Health Group

San Diego
Support group email: hhofflich@ucsd.edu

The San Diego Bone Health Group’s goal is to share information about calcium, vitamin D, prevention and therapies for osteoporosis. The group meets consistently every month and brings in excellent guest speakers to present on topics related to osteoporosis. To learn more, please visit the group’s website or email Heather Hofflich at hhofflich@ucsd.edu.

Florida

Central Florida Healthy Bones

Winter Park
Support group email: CentralFloridaHealthyBones@gmail.com

The Central Florida Healthy Bones support group aims to improve bone health in the community through education and exercise. The group hosts monthly events offering free health and wellness information. All meetings are held at the Center for Aging and Wellness, 133 Benmore Drive, Suite 200, Winter Park, FL 32792. Please email CentralFloridaHealthyBones@gmail.com for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

NOF Education and Support Group of Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach
Support group email: nbts88@bellsouth.net; barrpt@bellsouth.net

The National Osteoporosis Foundation Education & Support Group of Ormond Beach regularly presents educational programs on osteoporosis at the Ormond Beach Library Auditorium, 30 South Beach Street. Please call Barr & Associates Physical Therapy at (386) 673-3535 for more information and to RSVP for an upcoming event.

NOF Englewood Community Hospital Osteoporosis Education and Support Group

Englewood
Support Group Leader: Pat Burkey
Phone: (941) 460-0022

The NOF Englewood Community Hospital Osteoporosis Education and Support Group meets the second Monday of each month from November – May. Call Pat at (941) 460-0022 for complete meeting information.

The Pinellas County Florida Support Group

Largo
Support Group Leader: Jane Kovac-Spilko
Phone: (727) 581-9438
Email: pauljanespilko@yahoo.com

The group meets once a month at the Fyzical Therapy & Balance Center, 14280 Walsingham Road in Largo. Please contact Jane (pauljanespilko@yahoo.com) for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

Idaho

Snake River Osteoporosis Support Group

Nampa
Support group email: leonardg@slhs.org

The Snake River Osteoporosis Support Group aims to educate the public on osteoporosis, its prevention and treatment. Under Greta Leonard’s leadership for the last 21 years, the group is one of NOF’s longest standing support groups. Information on the remaining support group meetings for 2018 is included below. All classes are held at the Nampa Senior Center 207 Constitution Way, Nampa, Idaho @ 2:30 pm and are free to the public. Call or email Greta Leonard RN, CBDT at leonardg@slhs.org or (208) 505-2644 for additional meeting information.

Recipes for Healthy Bones
Monday, September 10, 2018
Linda Kees RD will discuss calcium and vitamin D, including the best ways to find calcium and vitamin D in food and supplements.

Exercises for Bone Health
Monday, November 12, 2018
Deanna Kinsman PT, CMP will be discussing safe exercises to improve your bone health.

Indiana

NOF Community Healthplex Sports Club Support Group

Indianapolis
Lcampbell4@healthplexsportsclub.org
Support group email: Lcampbell4@healthplexsportsclub.org

NOF Break Free From Osteoporosis – Plymouth Support Group

Indianapolis
Support group email: cwendelb@iusb.edu

The NOF Break Free From Osteoporosis – Plymouth group meets the last Monday of the Month at 1pm at Lifeplex, 2855 Miller Drive, Suite 101, Plymouth, IN 46563. Email  cwendelb@iusb.edu for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

Maine

Caring Connections Bone Health Support and Discussion Group

Bangor
Support group email: rlong@bangorY.org

NOF Greater Portland Osteoporosis Support Group

South Portland
Support group email: bestbone@maine.rr.com

The NOF Greater Portland Osteoporosis Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm. Meetings are held at 800 Main Street, South Portland, ME 04106. Email
bestbone@maine.rr.com for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

Maryland

NOF Bone Builders’ Club

Westminster
Support group email: dexajo@comcast.net

The NOF Bone Builders’ Club is holding its next meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 1:30pm at the Wellness Center. Guest speaker, Joanne Caudill, RT, CBDT, Bone Health Services Coordinator for Carroll Arthritis, P.A., will present Loving Your Independence, focusing on the different approach that’s needed for osteoporosis treatment. Joanne will discuss how inconceivable it would be if a patient was discharged from the hospital following a “heart attack” without being prescribed a follow up visit with a cardiologist, not to mention a whole regimen of medications. However, a patient discharged from the hospital following a “bone attack” (aka: hip fracture) is typically NOT prescribed a follow up visit with a bone specialist or a regimen of medication to prevent a future “bone attack.” Preventing fractures and future fractures has to be addressed more seriously as our population is not ready to give up their independence! Are you? Osteoporosis is just one part of a syndrome leading to fracture. We need to address all components of the syndrome, not just the bones.

Come join the meeting to learn ways to preserve your independence. Registration is required to attend. For additional information and to register, call (443) 605-1070.

Massachusetts

NOF Metrowest Osteoporosis Support Group

Framingham
Support group email: allenjoanmetcalfe@rcn.com

The NOF MetroWest Osteoporosis Support Group meets from 10-11am on the second Thursday of each month from September – May. The group does not meet during the summer. For meeting details, please call Joan at (508) 954-7729.

Michigan

NOF Ann Arbor Support Group

Support group email: NOFannarborMI@gmail.com

Nebraska

NOF Omaha Area Bone Health Group

Omaha
Support group email: srecker@creighton.edu

The NOF Omaha Area Support Group has a new look and a new venue. We recently joined with Think Whole Person Healthcare in Omaha to provide members with access to presentations on a wide variety of topics. Our first joint meeting will take place Wednesday, September 26 from 11am to noon at Think, 7100 West Center Road in the level 2 theater. The topic is “Achieving Balance with Osteoporosis” and will be presented by Heather Hansman, PTA, LMT, BA and Brian Schlattmann, PT, DPT, OCS, CSMT, CSCS.

Registration is required to attend the meeting. Please call (402) 506-9376 for additional information and to register to attend the meeting.

New Jersey

NOF Saint Barnabas Osteoporosis Support Group

Livingston
Support group email: jpetersen@barnabashealth.org

New Mexico

Bone Boosters of New Mexico

Las Cruses
Support group email: margepete32@gmail.com

The Bone Boosters of New Mexico meets the first Thursday of each month from September through May at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Learn more about the group and their meetings at: www.boneboosters.com.

New York

Let’s Talk BONES

Rochester
Support group email: NOFrochesterNY@gmail.com

The Let’s Talk BONES support group is led by Barbie Nesser and provides support and a place where members can share osteoporosis experiences and helpful ideas to cope. The meetings provide a forum for attendees to share experiences and different sources of information and useful tips to help people with osteoporosis and low bone mass. Please email NOFrochesterNY@gmail.com for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

NOF Hospital for Special Surgery Support Group

New York
The Hospital for Special Surgery no longer offers a support group, but does offer educational programs on osteoporosis. Please email pped@hss.edu  to learn more.

Northtowns Osteoporosis Support Group

Buffalo
Support group email: mmccabe@chsbuffalo.org

The Northtowns Osteoporosis Support Group is the area’s first NOF affiliated support group and was started in January, 2000. The group meets on the 5th floor of the Catholic Health Administrative & Regional Training Center, 144 Genesse Street in Buffalo. The Osteoporosis Support Group is free and open to all. The meetings feature guest speakers discussing various topics of interest to help people living with osteoporosis or at risk for developing the condition live safely and comfortably. New members and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call Catholic Health’s HealthConnection line at 716-447-6205.

NOF/NYSOPEP Helen Hayes Osteoporosis Support Group

West Haverstraw
Support group email: silversteins@helenhayeshosp.org

Northern Westchester Osteoporosis Support Group

Support group email: Bornstein@mkmg.com.

The Northern Westchester Osteoporosis Support Group aims to help participants learn about exercise, diet and medications and provide a forum to discuss the physiological and psychological impact of osteoporosis. Please email Bornstein@mkmg.com to learn more and find out about upcoming meeting dates.

North Carolina

Greensboro Smith Senior Center Osteoporosis Group

Greensboro
Support group email: jennie.matkins@greensboro-nc.gov

The Greensboro Smith Senior Center Osteoporosis Group aims to promote aging as an opportunity for purposeful goals, despite chronic illnesses and to encourage a positive self-help/mutual aid focus among members. The group is currently not meeting and looking for a new support group leader. Please contact jennie.matkins@Greensboro-nc.gov if you’re interested in leading the Greensboro support group.

Oregon

Eugene-Springfield Support Group

Eugene
Support group email: cindyobrienconnect@gmail.com

Pennsylvania

NOF Fayette County Support Group

Uniontown
Support group email: sunyecz@menopauserx.com

The Fayette County (of Pennsylvania) Osteoporosis Support Group meets quarterly at the Caring Mission Home Care, 160 Pittsburgh Street, Uniontown, PA. Please email sunyecz@menopauserx.com for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

Tennessee

NOF Gibson General Area Support Group

Gibson
Support group email: Felicia.ingram@wth.org

Tennessee Valley Healthy Bones

Support group email: TNvalleyhealthybones@gmail.com.

The Tennessee Valley Healthy Bones support group aims to provide forum style osteoporosis education featuring experts addressing medically-related subject areas with plenty of opportunity for participant Q&A. Please email TNvalleyhealthybones@gmail.com for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

Texas

NOF Dallas Education & Support Group

Plano
Support group email: eshenderson@tx.rr.com
Support group website: dallasbonebuddies.org

The Bone Buddies support group meet on the second Saturday of each month at 9:45am at the Methodist Richardson Medical Center on the corner of Bush @ Renner. Please bring your “Boning Up” brochure to the meeting, if you have one. The meetings are free and open to all and we invite everyone to lunch at a local restaurant after the meeting.
Group meetings are a fun, relaxing way to learn new information about bone health and managing osteoporosis and it’s interesting to meet others who are dealing with low bone density. Please feel free to share our meeting information with others who may be interested in joining us.

The campus address is:
Methodist Richardson Medical Center
2821 Geo. Bush Hwy
Richardson, 75082

The 2821 building is the 5-story Physician Pavilion, between the single story Cancer and Emergency Departments.  There is an entrance to this small campus on either the service road side of Geo, Bush, or off Renner Road. Suite 200 is located on the 2nd floor and is the only Conference Room in the building. You can access the 2nd floor by stairs, or elevator.The only other building on the site is the new hospital that’s under construction. With the meeting taking place on Saturdays, there should be plenty of parking.

North Texas Healthy Bones Society

Fort Worth
Support group email: NOFtexashealthybones@gmail.com

The  North Texas Healthy Bones Society aims to educate the Fort Worth community on bone health, in order to help participants attain the lowest risk possible for fracturing and to enhance their quality of life. The group is passionate about providing education on osteoporosis and fracture prevention.The group meets quarterly at the Burleson Recreation Center, 550 NW Summercrest Blvd. in Burleson, Texas. Other community centers are also available to host meetings in the Fort Worth area. Please contact NOFtexashealthybones@gmail.com for additional details on the group’s meeting times and locations.

Washington, DC

NOF Support Group of Washington, DC

Washington, DC
Support group email: justine@elementscenter.com

Join the NOF Support Group of Washington, DC for the following support group meetings planned for 2018:

Saturday, September 22, 1-2pm with Lisa (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Nina (Trainer)
Thursday, December 6, 6-7pm with Justine (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Julia (Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist)

Meetings are held at the Elements Fitness & Wellness Center, Georgetown Plaza, 2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Suite 217. There is no charge to attend the events, but please email Justine ( justine@elementscenter.com) if you will attend a meeting. The outside building doors lock at 6pm, so please call (202) 333-5252 if you are running late and someone will come down to let you in to the meeting.

 

West Virginia

NOF HIMG Support Group

Huntington
Support group email: pattydickey@uhswv.com

 

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