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Mid-Hudson Valley Disabilities Meetup

Please get the word out... print or email our http://www.mhvmeetup.org/MHVmeetupFinal.pdf

Up-coming event:

Setup Meetups in the Newburgh Area.

Play card or other games with friends.

The most important is just talk.

Newburgh Meetup is the second Friday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm:

Independent Living, Inc. (Newburgh Service Center)

5 Washington Terrace

Newburgh, NY 12550

Phone: (845) 565-1162

http://www.myindependentliving.org

Please note: People with severe disabilities may come with their caregiver assistance.

All meetup events are Dutch treat and please confirm or we may cancel.

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Up-coming event:

Setup Meetups in the Middletown Area.

Play card or other games with friends.

The most important is just talk.

Middletown

Meetup, fourth Friday of the month. Time is from 1:30 to 3:00.

Independent Living, Inc. ( Middletown Service Center)

441 E. Main Street

Middletown, NY 10940

Phone: 845-342-1162

http://www.myindependentliving.org

Please note: People with severe disabilities may come with their caregiver assistance.

All meetup events are Dutch treat and please confirm or we may cancel.

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Up-coming event:

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) Stroke support group is inviting people with Brain Injuries (Stroke, TBI, mild TBI, acquired TBI, all forms of brain injury, caregivers, Veterans, friends, family members and social workers).

The Stroke support group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

Conference Room 1

Orange Regional Medical Center address is:

707 East Main Street

Middletown NY 10940

Parking is confusing because of all the new construction. Find your way to the main parking lot. The Main entrance is on the right of the building. Go to the front desk and request the stroke support group. They should guide you straight to the elevators. Go to the ground floor. Go straight until you see conference room 1 on the left. If you come to the hallway to cafeteria, you went too far.

For all ORMC seminars, screenings, support groups, or the Stroke support group go to:

https://classfindweb.beryl.net/(S(hw1sutchgbh1vqo0xseultiq))/search.aspx?clientid=3128 (https://classfindweb.beryl.net/%28S%28hw1sutchgbh1vqo0xseultiq%29%29/search.aspx?clientid=3128)

Open Class or Event Title: select "Stroke Education and Support Group." Then click on "Get results.

Please note: People with severe disabilities may come with their caregiver assistance.

All meetup events are Dutch treat and please confirm or we may cancel.

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Mission statement:

Mid-Hudson Valley Disabilities Meetup is a way of connecting friends with disabilities. People are busy, and it takes effort to stay connected. Having a few close, mutually supportive friends can be the key to staying healthy. These relationships may help you feel supported, stay mentally sharp, reduce stress, and enhance your sense of well-being and happiness.

The coordinating groups will be in Newburgh and Middletown NY. The purpose is to have people living near each other to form public/private Mini-Meetups. The Military, Veterans and their families are encouraged to join. Meetups will be non-clinical, nonprofit ,and peer driven.

To get involved, go to Meetup.com, and sign up to join Mid-Hudson Valley Disabilities Meetup.

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For a quick look, Google “Mid-Hudson Valley Disabilities Meetup.” You are not required to sign up and join. When you do sign up, you can see if your neighbors are members, chat, RSVP, and get more detailed information.

For more information and updates go to ww.MHVmeetup.org.

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Socializing can improve your coping skills strategies. They may be: staying positive, aware of flooding, aware of your filters, uses of post–its, lists, journals, follow a routine, take breaks, make tasks easier, smaller tasks, avoid distractions, stay focused, use visuals for memory problems, play memory games with friends, computer/cell phones learning (games, education, social media), building relationships. The most important is social anxiety (getting out of the house).

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Possible Actives:
Play cards or other games with friends
Go to the a movie, or a sporting event, Travel with a group
Try different restaurants
Join a group interested in a hobby like knitting, hiking, walking, or painting.
The most important is just talk.

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Topics of interest:
Social Support For Persons with Disabilities
Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Heart Disease
Dementia
Diabetes
Mental Health/Behavioral Health
Multiple Sclerosis
Cancer
Cancer Survivors
Epilepsy
Care Giver Burnout
Fibromyalgia
Alzheimer's Disease
Stroke
Spinal Cord Injury
PTSD
Anxiety Attacks
Social Anxiety/Shy/Awkwardness/Introverted
PTSD Veterans/Military
Physical Disabilities
Developmental Disabilities

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"We are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention program. My therapy dog Lucy and I go to the Montrose VA PTSD unit. Once an hour a Veteran is committing suicide. It was decided in our disabilities Meetup groups that we will hand out dog tags from the Veterans crisis line. The phone number 1-800-273-8255 is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Press 1 is for the Veterans or wait for the nearest civilian Crisis Center. We were thinking it would be a fun project handing out dog tags. We were also thinking it would be an honorable thing to do helping our Veterans. There is an increase in teen suicide because of bullying. People with disabilities may have suicidal thoughts. So by helping the Veterans, we may be helping ourselves. The dog tags will be available at our Meetups." ... Joe DeJong
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
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We are also including the therapy dog program into our discussions.
Go to: therapydoglucy.org (http://www.therapydoglucy.org/)
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For more information, cancellations or updates go to MHVmeetup.org (http://www.mhvmeetup.org/)

Please get the word out... print or email our http://www.mhvmeetup.org/MHVmeetupFinal.pdf file.

Please note: People with severe disabilities may come with their caregiver assistance.

Meetup Organizer: Joe DeJong
Email: Joe_dejong@hotmail.com
Phone: 845 787 3960

Please note: People with severe disabilities may come with their caregiver assistance. All meetup events are Dutch treat. There is no funding.

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