Support groups provide a way to learn more about osteoporosis and how to live with the disease directly from those in similar situations. They provide an open opportunity to share information, feelings and goals to help you continue living an active and independent life – even with osteoporosis.
I learned from my osteoporosis support group that knowledge gives you the power to fight this disease.
NOF Englewood Community Hospital Support Group, Englewood, FL
NOF sponsors osteoporosis support groups throughout the country. The many benefits of joining include:
- Learning more about the disease and treatment choices
- Receiving the most up-to-date information about osteoporosis
- Improving coping skills by learning how others handle the disease
- Exchanging information about community resources
- Helping identify healthcare providers who treat osteoporosis
- Improving mental and physical well-being
- Finding hope and encouragement
When a support group formed in my home town, I joined. A whole world opened up for me, and I learned how to help myself. I learned about exercise, medication, nutrition and much more.
NOF Citrus County Osteoporosis Support Group, Hernando, FL
Finding a Support Group
Visit our online support group directory for a listing of the current NOF Support Groups organized by state.
Starting a Support Group
If a support group isn’t already formed in your area, consider starting one. We rely on volunteers to serve as support group leaders and will provide resources to help you get started. Both healthcare professionals and people with osteoporosis make excellent support group leaders.
If you’re interested in starting your own support group, please review and complete the Online NOF Support Group Application. If you have questions about starting a support group and would like to talk with a fellow support group leader, National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group Leader, Susan Recker, is available as a resource. Please contact Susan by phone (402-280-4810) or email with any questions you have.
In addition to sharing personal advice and experiences with one another, support group meetings offer members an opportunity to receive educational information. You can invite guest speakers to present or incorporate exercise into your meetings. Support groups may meet monthly, quarterly or less often.
NOF provides all support groups leaders with excellent resources including:
- Support group manual — A comprehensive guide to help you start, promote and conduct successful support group meetings.
- Free educational materials — NOF will provide brochures, information sheets, quarterly newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, posters and more.
- Networking opportunities — NOF will connect you with other support group leaders to help you network and exchange ideas.
- Topics and program ideas — NOF maintains a list of topics and program ideas.
- Referrals — NOF will direct all inquiries to join a support group in your area to you, helping you grow your membership.
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