Find the resources or support you need.

For many people, support groups offer a way to find emotional strength in difficult times. Hancock Health hosts a number of these groups, and as they become available we’ll post information here, including contact information and meeting times. You’ll also find great learning opportunities here!

Alzheimer’s Support

For spouses and other family members of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias. The group meets the second Monday of each month from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on the lower level, Classroom 2. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (317) 575-9620 or (800) 272-3900 for more information.

Alzheimer’s Education

These sessions are free of charge and you can register by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. All classes will be held in the lower level Keen classroom at Hancock Regional Hospital. A light dinner will be available.

Effective Communication Strategies, Sept 21st from 5:30-7p.m

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior, Oct 19th from 5:30-7:00 p.m

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Speaker and Panel Discussion, Nov 9th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Join us to hear Dr. Stanley Szwast, Medical Director of Geriatric Mental Health Inpatient Services at Hancock Regional Hospital, speak on the many aspects of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. He will be joined by a panel of experts in the areas of support and resources. There will be time for attendees to ask questions of the panel.

Bariatric

For individuals who have an interest in bariatric surgery and want to learn more from those that have already had surgery. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There is no charge and registration is not required. Support group meetings are considered part of the treatment following bariatric surgery, so attendance is encouraged. Meetings are held in the Bariatric Center at the hospital, located on the lower level. For more information, call (317) 325-BARI (2274).

Better Breathers

For persons with COPD and other chronic respiratory disorders. Meets the first Wednesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the hospital, on the lower level, Keen Classroom. Call (317) 468-4383 for more information.

Better Choices, Better Health Workshop

Feel better, find practical ways to make daily tasks easier, and have more energy for the activities you enjoy.  “Better Choices, Better Health,” a six-week, self-management workshop empowers people to live well while dealing with chronic health conditions such as anxiety, arthritis, asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and more. The interactive wellness workshop, developed by Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is open to anyone interested in developing new tools and skills to break the “symptom cycle” and find relief from pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. Caregivers and relatives are also welcome and will learn tools for better health while helping their loved ones.  All workshops are co- facilitated by two Stanford trained Lay Leaders who often manage their own chronic conditions.

The six-week workshop meets once a week for 2.5 hours with breaks each session for socialization and enjoyment.  The $10.00 registration fee covers the entire 6-week workshop, workbook Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and relaxation CD. Call (317) 468-4383 or email lgarrity@hancockregional.org for more information.

Breastfeeding

Pregnant and nursing mothers meet other breastfeeding moms in a fun and informal environment! No appointment necessary, just drop in if you are pregnant or nursing. Certified lactation consultants are present to offer support and guidance. Scales are available to monitor your baby’s weight gain. Group intended only for moms and nursing babies or children. The group meets every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. except holidays. The meetings are held at the hospital, on the lower level, Classroom 2. Call the Breastfeeding Support Line at (317) 468-4397 or email kleary@hancockregional.org for more information.

Cancer

Our cancer support group is open to any adult cancer patient who is in treatment or has completed treatment. We offer a supportive environment to share coping skills, ideas, and tips that help you on your journey. There is no cost to attend. Register by calling (317) 325-2643. Group meets every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. except on holidays.

Car Seat Program

Hancock Health offers FREE child restraint (car seat) assistance. Parents and caregivers can schedule appointments to have their child and/or seat evaluated by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). The CPST will:

  • Evaluate the way that the child is currently traveling
  • Check the child’s current restraint for recalls
  • Check for proper fit and installation
  • Provide education to the parent/caregiver on how to properly use and install the child restraint
  • Provide a new seat if necessary (**must meet financial guidelines, please inquire*

Did you know that 9 out of 10 child restraints used in vehicles today are either being used or installed improperly?  Hancock Health wants to encourage the proper use of child restraints to ensure that all children are riding safely. Evaluations are done by appointment only and last approximately 30 minutes per child/seat. Spots fill quickly so please call in advance. You may also contact us for advice when purchasing seats.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (317) 468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org

Caregivers

Our caregiver support group is for any adult caring for a loved one. We offer a supportive environment where you can share your experience, learn from others, and focus on your own self-care. There is no cost to attend. Register by calling (317) 325-2643. Group meets on first Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. and third Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. except on holidays.

Creative Imagery for Health

The facilitator leads participants through guided imagery techniques, designed to relax the body and mind and help them envision health and renewal. Open to anyone wanting to improve their health. Registration requested. Contact Katherine at kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124. Group meets the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Grief

In this free drop-in group, we welcome everyone who is experiencing grief as a result of losing a loved one. Come be with others who are traveling the same road. The group is designed as a drop-in group so that participants can be free to come whenever they need support—no commitment required. Questions? Call Chaplain Katherine at (317) 468-4124 or email kmurray@hancockregional.org. Group meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Hospice Unit conference room on the second floor of the hospital.

Joint Replacement Seminars

Free class will discuss when a hip or knee replacement is needed, the advantages of the surgical procedure, how it is performed, and the recovery process.  Please call for more information or to register at (317) 468-4199. Upcoming dates: Jan 11, April 12, July 12, Oct 11  from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good, Feel Better is a free program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. You will learn specific techniques to help make the most of your appearance while undergoing treatment. You will also take home a makeup package valued at $200.  To register call (317) 325-2617. Upcoming date: Jan. 22 from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Lupus

People with lupus often feel alone with their disease and the everyday struggles that the disease brings to their lives, especially during times when the disease is active. The philosophy of Lupus Foundation of America support groups is to provide a warm and caring environment where people with lupus, their family members, caregivers, and loved ones can share their experiences, methods of coping, and insights into living with this chronic illness. For more information contact Karen at (317) 999-5714. Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the lower level, Classroom 2.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a simple technique that enables us to use our awareness to calm down, focus our thoughts, and create a more peaceful, loving state. Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive impact on health, general well-being, and peace of mind. We invite you to learn how to bring mindfulness into your daily life. This group is led by Chaplain Katherine Murray. Contact Katherine for information or to register at kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124. Group meets from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at Hancock Regional Hospital and on the second Tuesday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at Hancock Wellness Center- McCordsville

Multiple Sclerosis

For individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis, as well as spouses, caregivers, and family members. This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the hospital, on the lower level, Classroom 3. Contact Joe at (317) 908-4472 for more information.

Parkinson’s

For those who have or are affected by Parkinson’s Disease. This is a self-help group run by and for people who live with the challenge of this chronic condition. It is a place to be yourself, to receive and share information, to offer mutual support and add a circle of friends. The group meets in the Keen classroom, on the lower level of the hospital, on the second Monday of each month from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information contact Kit at Hancock County Senior Services at (317) 462-3758 or kitp57@hcssi.org.

Positive Parenting

The class is FREE to anyone that who would like to learn more about the birth to 2 year age group and techniques to cope in positive ways with what can be the more “stressful” times of parenting. Expectant parents welcome!  Qualified participants receive a video baby monitor. Participants must register for this limited-space class prior to attending by calling Diane at (317) 468-8525. Upcoming date: TBD

Safe Sleep Classes

Safe Sleep Classes, in partnership with the Children’s Bureau, occur every month at Hancock Regional Hospital.  Eligible class participants will receive a Graco®-band Pack ‘n’ Play®, a sleep sack and education materials regarding important safe sleep practices. The class is FREE to expectant parents or parents of children under age 1.  Participants must register by calling (317) 770-8328

Senior Social Wednesdays

This no-cost and informal gathering is held every Wednesday and is open to anyone—no membership required! Fun activities, such as speakers on a variety of topics, gentle exercise for mind and body, nutrition information, and  games are planned for the first part of the hour, with the remaining time for casual conversation and light refreshments. For more information, contact Linda at (317) 468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org. Group meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Hancock Wellness, 8505 North Clearview Dr., McCordsville, IN. On the 5th Wednesday, join us for “Brunch and Bingo”

SMART Program/Addictions Support

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a worldwide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. The group meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Classroom 1, on the lower level of the hospital, 801 North State Street, Greenfield. Contact Betsy at (317) 626-7719 for more information.

Speaker’s Bureau

Hancock Health offers several experienced speakers that are available to the community for speaking engagements on a variety of topics, free of charge. Please call (317) 468-4383 for more information or to schedule a speaker

Stroke

This group is for survivors, caregivers, family and loved ones with the goals of learning how to cope after a stroke, share and gain support from others who are in a similar situation, and learn about strategies to help improve quality of life after stroke. Caregivers can also share and gain support from each other. The group will meet at Hancock Regional Hospital, lower level Keen classroom, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Pre-registration requested and light refreshments will be served. For more information, or to pre-register please contact: Lydia Hittle, MA CCC-SLP at: 317.468.4664 or email Lhittle@hancockregional.org

Tours

Tours of the maternity/OB area are available on the first Saturday of each month. Please meet in the Information desk area at l:00 p.m. and someone will take you on a guided tour and answer questions. No registration is needed. Tours normally last about 30 minutes.

Walk With a Doc™-Greenfield

Take a step toward better health! Make walking a part of your daily routine and join Walk With A Doc™. This event is held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from April to October from 5:30-6:30 pm meeting at the open shelter at Riley Park. In the winter months it is held indoors at Hancock Wellness Center, 888 West New Road, Greenfield. Each session will have an American Health Network professional to provide support and answer questions. Everyone walks together for a healthy, educational and interactive evening! All levels of fitness can attend and is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact (317) 462-5252

Walk With a Doc™-McCordsville

Take a step toward better health! Make walking a part of your daily routine and join Walk With A Doc™. This event is held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 5:30-6:30 pm at Hancock Wellness, 8505 North Clearview Drive, McCordsville.  Each session will have a Hancock Health professional to provide support and answer questions. Everyone walks together for a healthy, educational and interactive evening! All levels of fitness can attend and is open to the public at no charge. Call (317) 335-6939 for more information.

Weight Management Support

This free monthly support group, led by a registered dietitian, provides a nonjudgmental environment where everyone can share their stories and their struggles. Come join the community—and build your confidence—as you work toward healthier eating habits. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in McCordsville, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in Greenfield. For more information, contact Registered Dietitian Michelle Graves at (317) 468-6115.

Yoga for Grief Relief

This series of classes provides gentle, stretching yoga moves designed to help us release tightness stored in our bodies as we grieve. The result can be more flexibility, less achiness, better sleep, and more. Yoga moves based on the book, “Yoga for Grief Relief,” by Antonio Sausys, MA, CMT, RYT. No prior yoga experience is necessary—open to all ability levels. Contact kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124.