Support Groups

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital hosts and facilitates a number of support groups to help people gain the support, advice and understanding of others who are in similar situations or circumstance. All interested individuals, including survivors, patients, caregivers as well as family and friends, are encouraged to attend our support groups in order to exchange mutual support with others who face the same or similar challenges.


Alzheimer’s Support Group

This free support group meets in the Westmoreland Nursing Center Library, 660 North Westmoreland Road, Lake Forest. Registration is not required, and all are welcome. For more information, please call 847.535.6764.

  • 1st Thursday of each month, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • 1st Thursday of each month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Life After Stroke Support Group

This free support group is for survivors of stroke and their adult family members and friends. The support group meets in the Banquet Room at the Lake Forest Health & Fitness Center, 1200 North Westmoreland Road. Registration is not required, and all are welcome. For more information, please call 847.535.6459.

  • 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Little Bear Foundation - Providing support to parents of premature babies

We also provide support to families who are pregnant again after having a premature baby. The Little Bear Foundation, Inc. will work until no family feels alone. (No fee.)

For additional information or to register, please go online to or telephone Childbirth Education at 847-535-6182.


Making Connections: Looking for Cancer Support Group Members

Do you have cancer? Are you looking to connect with others who do as well? We are planning groups and activities and would like to include you. Please let us know if you are interested in meeting with others and sharing your experience.

Please call Noelle Mauer, LCSW at 847.535.7441 for more information.


Managing Stress During Cancer Treatment & Beyond

Having cancer can be stressful. Our oncology social worker at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital and Grayslake Cancer Centers is available to help you manage your stress and find resources to assist you during and beyond treatment for cancer. Call 847.535.7441 or e-mail with questions or to set up a complimentary appointment.


Smoking Cessation

Ready to kick the smoking habit? You are not alone. Millions of people every year find a compelling reason to put that pack down for good. Kicking the habit is easier when you have help. We have a Nurse Navigator waiting to give you assistance to make quitting a success. Please call 847.535.7442 for more information.


Resolve Through Sharing (R.T.S.) Bereavement Services

Free support group for parents who have lost babies. Meets in the Hunter Family Center for Women's Health at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, 660 North Westmoreland Road. For more information, please call Jennifer Forsman at 847.535.6336.

  • 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.


 Surviving Motherhood 1 & 2

New mothers and their babies are invited to this forum to share and learn coping strategies. Topics include:

  • Infant feedings
  • Sleep patterns
  • Changing family relationships
  • Other areas of concern


Surviving Motherhood 1" is for babies 2 weeks to 6 months old. "Surviving Motherhood 2" is for babies 6 to 18 months old.

Register after the birth of your baby. This free class is for any mother of a new baby looking for support or wishing to network with other mothers. For more information or to join this group, please email or call 847.535.6182.

  • Once a month, various locations, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



In partnership with Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
Every woman has a different experience living with heart disease. Come and share yours with someone who really understands your thoughts, concerns and feelings—this support group is for women who have been there. Meets in Conference Rooms B/C at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, 660 North Westmoreland Road.  For more information, please call Debbie Dunn, WomenHeart Spokesperson at 847.987.8074, or visit

  • 3rd Thursday of each month (except July), 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.