Group offers network of support

    “Give it a Whirl” group meets in May

    A support group will be held Mondays during the month of May for anyone coping with health and wellness challenges, including individuals looking for a temporary rest from being a caregiver. The gathering is offered through the collaboration of the Center for Family Life and Recovery and Rome Memorial Hospital Radiation Medicine.
    “Give it a Whirl” for Wellness is a creative way to socialize, help and be helped by others with similar conditions or circumstances. The drop-in group is an opportunity for people learning to cope with health and wellness challenges, whether it is quitting smoking for good, overcoming illness or treatments, or facing life changes, to meet with others in similar situations. More than a support group, it gives Individuals, family and friends an opportunity to come together in a welcoming, comfortable, and inspiring way.
    The free meetings, centered around a creative activity led by the Center for Family Life and Recovery, are held Mondays at Rome Memorial Hospital Radiation Medicine, 107 E. Chestnut St., Rome.
    All meetings will be held from 1-2 p.m:
     May 6: Clothespin Frames in time for Mother’s Day
     May 13: Crock Pot Cooking
     May 20: “Honor A Soldier” flag for Memorial Day
    A meeting will not be held on May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.
    The public is encouraged to attend any or all of the meetings. No registration is necessary. There is easy access and plenty of parking on the east side of the building.
    Benefits from participating in groups that offer support and a creative outlet may include:
    • Feeling less lonely or judged
    • Improving coping skills
    • Reducing stress or anxiety
    • Learning from others with similar experiences
    • Gaining a sense of control
    • Learning new ways to improve your health and wellness
    For more information, please call Alisa Ferraro, Recovery Peer Advocate, Center for Family Life and Recovery at 315.768.2644.
    The Center for Family Life and Recovery provides health and hope for individuals and families through advocacy, prevention, counseling and training.

    About Rome Memorial Hospital
    Rome Memorial Hospital, Inc., (RMH) Rome Memorial Hospital is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary care to long-term care, Rome Memorial Hospital delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. With its specialized Senior Behavioral Health Unit and Residential Health Care Facility, the hospital has become recognized as a valuable resource for senior services. Ranked among the top 20 percent of skilled nursing facilities for four consecutive years, the hospital has earned special recognition as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) facility for providing quality care for older adult patients. Rome Memorial Hospital is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.