Support groups

Other support groups

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)

The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter's Monthly Support Group Program is an essential tool in helping people living with ALS and their caregivers, families and friends navigate the family’s journey with ALS.

The State Capital Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Salem Hospital's Community Health Education Center (CHEC) located in Building D. Contact Mary Rebar for more information at 541-990-1246, and visit the national website at

Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon

Learn how this organization can help; call 503-364-8100 or check their website at

Alzheimer’s Association

This group provides a 24/7 hotline. Speak to masters-level experts in Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Call 800-272-3900. Class offered every third Wednesday, from 3 to 4 p.m. Call the help line for more information on location and topics.

Amputee Peer Support Group

The AMPOWER Amputee Peer Support Group consists of a nationwide network of trained peer mentors who have successfully recovered and rehabilitated following an amputation. Mentors are available to speak face-to-face, over the phone, via Skype or Facetime, through e-mail or through a private, password-protected online web community. Sponsored by Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics. Call toll-free at 1-877-4HANGER option 1 for more information.

Aphasia Community Support Group

Learn about stroke and aphasia and meet others with aphasia.
For more information, call Theresa Robinette at 503-371-3948.

Better Breathers

For more information, call Michelle Nugent-Buchanan at 503-814-3105. Also check out the American Lung Association website at

Decoding Dyslexia

Our Mission is to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and improve resources for students with dyslexia in Oregon public schools. In the Mid-Willamette Valley, contact Dawn Tacker at 760-994-5537 or email at or visit the website:

Hearing Loss Association of America, Salem Chapter

The group empowers hard-of-hearing people through group discussion and informative presentations. Captioning and hearing loop system available at all meetings. For more information, contact Mary Fagan at or 503-409-5491. 

Parkinson’s Information and Education Group

Meets Second Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. at Trinity Covenant Church, 5020 Liberty Rd. S., Salem. Contact Dana or Tim Taylor at 503-588-1596. Also, go to and

Please call before attending your first meeting. Family, friends and care partners are welcome. Peer-led, positive and encouraging support for each other. Share information and skills.

Salem R.O.C.K. or Raising Our Celiac Kids

For more information or resources, call Kristen Klay at 503-581-3884 or, or visit and

Scleroderma Foundation

The Scleroderma Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves the needs of people with scleroderma with a three-fold mission of support, education, and research.

We now have a Salem area support group that will meet on the first Saturday of each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Salem Hospital, Building D, CHEC Support Group Room. Parking is available across the street from Building D. For more information contact Tina Barton:

Shared Vision: A Vision Loss Support Group

Monthly support groups. For more information please call 503-581-4224 and visit our website:

Stuttering Support Group

Meets second Sunday of each month, 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Broadway Coffeehouse, 1300 Broadway St. NE, Salem.

Join other people who stutter, their friends, family members and speech language pathologists for support and to feel less alone. Learn more about stuttering and explore new ways to cope with and accept stuttering in a safe environment. Contact Sarah or Daniel:,

Like us on Facebook at "Salem Stutters." We are the Salem chapter of National Stuttering Association. Learn more at

Traumatic Brain Injury Groups

For more information, call Megan Snider at 503-814-7974.

Willamette Wanderers

As one of over 300 clubs of the American Volkssports Association, the Willamette Wanderers exist for the love of walking. They participate and plan walking events in and around Salem and Keizer. Contact thru their web page at