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Find an Osteoporosis Support Group

Support Groups are a great way to learn more about osteoporosis and how to live with the disease directly from those in similar situations. Use our directory below to find a Support Group in your area. If we don’t have a Support Group in your area and you’re interested in starting one, please review the BHOF Support Group Network Overview. BHOF also has an Online Support Community, hosted by Inspire, which is another excellent resource. 

If you have questions about starting a Support Group, BHOF Support Group Coordinator, Lindsey West is available as a resource. Please contact her by email.

Please contact us if you’d like to edit or update your Support Group listing.

Support Group Curriculums

On a bi-monthly basis, BHOF creates Support Group Curriculums to assist leaders with their patient meetings. The curriculums showcase timely/seasonal information, user-friendly information about nutrition, exercise, falls prevention and other lifestyle daily practices.

2022 Support Group Curriculums

January/February Curriculum
March/April Curriculum
May/Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month Toolkit
June/OAPM Webinar Recordings
September/Falls Awareness & Prevention Week Toolkit
October/World Osteoporosis Day Toolkit

2021 Support Group Curriculums

February/March Curriculum
April/May Curriculum
May National Osteoporosis Month Resources
Q&A with Dr. Lewiecki: Telemedicine Appointments
June/July Curriculum
August Handout (Host a Bone Healthy BBQ)
NYSOPEP Flyer
September Curriculum

2020 Support Group Curriculums

June/July Curriculum
August/September Curriculum
October/November Curriculum
December/January Curriculum

Virtual: Open to All

Bone Buddies Education & Support Group

Support group email: eshenderson214@gmail.com

The Bone Buddies support group meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00am Central Time on Zoom. The meetings are free and open to all. 

We meet every Saturday at 10:00am Central Time on Zoom for free exercise sessions on the weeks  when we don’t have our support group meeting. 

A healthy eating discussion takes place every third Thursday at 2:00pm Central Time on Zoom. You can submit questions for a registered licensed dietitian. She will have an outline from the questions. She will also answer your questions when you attend the meeting. 

Group meetings are a fun, relaxing way to learn new information about bone health and managing osteoporosis.  It’s interesting to meet others who are dealing with low bone density. Email Elaine for the Zoom links. (eshenderson214@gmail.com) Please feel free to share our meeting information with others who may be interested in joining.

California

BHOF South Bay Osteoporosis Support Group

Torrance
Support group email: CarolH726@aol.com

The BHOF Southbay Osteoporosis Support Group meets in Torrance, CA at 3pm on the first Tuesday of even numbered months, except December. The group meets at the Little Company of Mary Hospital, in the health education building on Earl Street in Torrance, California. Please email Carol Harrison at CarolH726@aol.com with questions or for additional meeting details.

University of California, San Diego Bone Health Group

To join, please contact the support group coordinator, Dr. Jeanne Nichols, at j6nichols@health.ucsd.edu.

The San Diego Bone Health Group’s goal is to share the latest up to date information about fall and fracture prevention that includes both lifestyle recommendations as well as information regarding therapies for osteoporosis. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from August through June from noon to 1pm. To learn more, please visit UCSD’s Health System website: https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/endo/osteoporosis/pages/default.aspx

Florida

Central Florida Healthy Bones

Winter Park
Support group email: CentralFloridaHealthyBones@gmail.com

The Central Florida Healthy Bones support group aims to improve bone health in the community through education and exercise. The group hosts monthly events offering free health and wellness information. All meetings are held at the Center for Aging and Wellness, 133 Benmore Drive, Suite 200, Winter Park, FL 32792. Please email CentralFloridaHealthyBones@gmail.com for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

BHOF Education and Support Group of Ormond Beach

Ormond Beach
Support group email: barrpt@bellsouth.net; nannine@dahlen1.com
The National Osteoporosis Foundation Education & Support Group of Ormond Beach regularly presents educational programs on osteoporosis at the Ormond Beach Library Auditorium, 30 South Beach Street. Please call Barr & Associates Physical Therapy at (386) 673-3535 for more information and to RSVP for an upcoming event.

For more information, please call Barr & Associates Physical Therapy at (386) 673-3535.

Idaho

Snake River Osteoporosis Support Group

Nampa 
Support group email: leonardg@slhs.org

The Snake River Osteoporosis Support Group aims to educate the public on osteoporosis, its prevention and treatment. Under Greta Leonard’s leadership for the last 22 years, the group is one of BHOF’s longest standing support groups. All classes are held at the Nampa Senior Center 207 Constitution Way, Nampa, Idaho @ 2:30 pm and are free to the public. Call or email Greta Leonard RN, CBDT at leonardg@slhs.org or (208) 505-2644 for additional meeting information.

Indiana

BHOF Break Free From Osteoporosis – Plymouth Support Group

Indianapolis
Support group email: cwendelb@iusb.edu

The BHOF Break Free From Osteoporosis – Plymouth group meets the 4th Monday of the Month at 2pm at Lifeplex, 2855 Miller Drive, Suite 101, Plymouth, IN 46563. Email  cwendelb@iusb.edu for additional information and upcoming meeting dates.

Maryland

GBMC Healthy Bones Information and Support Group

Baltimore
Support group email: healthybones@gbmc.org

The group offers an opportunity to learn about managing bone health along with other local participants. There will be an educational component with rotating speakers and subjects, as well as a sharing/support component, addressing various medical and social aspects of living with osteoporosis. Please register here to receive a welcome letter with topics and link for upcoming meetings.

Virtual group meetings are held every month on the first Thursday at 11 am.

Massachusetts

Osteoporosis Resources and Support Group of Greater Boston

Support group email: osteoboston@gmail.com

This group  focuses on helping its members to feel supported and knowledgeable as they make choices pertaining to their diagnosis. Meetings will take place on Zoom and are hosted by support group facilitator, Shelly Gladstein. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm.
Please contact Shelly at osteoboston@gmail.com to receive the link for the monthly meeting and to become a member of the group.

Michigan

BHOF Ann Arbor Support Group

Support group email: NOFannarborMI@gmail.com

Nebraska

BHOF Omaha Area Bone Health Group

Omaha
Support group email: srecker@creighton.edu

Due to COVID-19, the BHOF Omaha Area Support Group is not meeting in person at this time. We do, however, send relevant information to our members on a regular basis. If you would like to receive materials, please send an e-mail to srecker@creighton.edu.

New York

BHOF Hospital for Special Surgery Support Group

New York
The Hospital for Special Surgery no longer offers a support group but does offer educational programs on osteoporosis. Please email pped@hss.edu or visit their website to learn more.

BHOF Catholic Health Osteoporosis Support Group

Buffalo
Support group email: mwysocki@chsbuffalo.org

The BHOF Catholic Health Osteoporosis Support Group meetings are temporarily on hold. Interested participants may call our BONE PHONE at 716-862-BONE (2663) with questions and to be placed on our email list. Thank you.

BHOF/NYSOPEP Osteoporosis Support Group

West Haverstraw, NY

The Osteoporosis Support & Education Group is a part of the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program (NYSOPEP) housed at Helen Hayes Hospital. This is a NY State Department of Health program  and features speakers that include multidisciplinary professionals specialized in reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Meetings are complimentary and open to the community. For more information, call the NYSOPEP Office, (845) 786-4772 or email info@nysopep.org.

North Carolina

Greensboro Smith Senior Center Osteoporosis Group

Greensboro
Support group email: jennie.matkins@greensboro-nc.gov

The Greensboro Smith Senior Center Osteoporosis Group aims to promote aging as an opportunity for purposeful goals, despite chronic illnesses and to encourage a positive self-help/mutual aid focus among members. The group is currently not meeting and looking for a new support group leader. Please contact jennie.matkins@Greensboro-nc.gov if you’re interested in leading the Greensboro support group.

Oregon

Eugene-Springfield Support Group

Eugene
Support group email: cindyobrienconnect@gmail.com

The Eugene-Springfield Support Group meets the first Monday of every month from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Campbell Senior Center, 155 High Street in Eugene, Oregon.

Pennsylvania

AHN Osteoporosis Support Group

The AHN Osteoporosis Support Group meets quarterly to provide a space for people to gather together (virtually for now) to learn more about bone health. We offer a safe space for people to share experiences and tips with others with a similar diagnosis. Each meeting has a different topic and main speaker, followed by open discussions among members and group leaders. Our group is run by healthcare professionals of multiple disciplines who specialize in osteoporosis care. If you would like more information or to register for our next meeting, please email us at osteoporosis@ahn.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Texas

North Texas Healthy Bones Society

Fort Worth
Support group email: NOFtexashealthybones@gmail.com

The  North Texas Healthy Bones Society aims to educate the Fort Worth community on bone health, in order to help participants attain the lowest risk possible for fracturing and to enhance their quality of life. The group is passionate about providing education on osteoporosis and fracture prevention. The group meets quarterly at the Burleson Recreation Center, 550 NW Summercrest Blvd. in Burleson, Texas. Other community centers are also available to host meetings in the Fort Worth area. Please contact NOFtexashealthybones@gmail.com for additional details on the group’s meeting times and locations.

Virginia

Better Bones in Hampton Roads

Meeting Date and Time: 1st Thursday of the month at noon. Lunch and Learn so bring your bone-friendly lunch.

Location: We are located in Hampton Roads, VA. Meeting locations may vary so contact our group for details. 

Contact: Brenda Street at betterbonesinhamptonroads.com

Building Better Bones in Hampton Roads meets monthly to learn the latest up-to-date information on improving bone health by enlisting professionals who specialize in bone health and on educating the public on bone health and osteoporosis prevention and treatment.

Washington, DC

BHOF Support Group of Washington, DC

Washington, DC – support group currently online
Support group email: justine@elementscenter.com
Office phone: 202-333-5252
For more info, check out: ElementsCenter.com/workshops

A National Osteoporosis Foundation Osteoporosis Support Group led by physical therapists Dr. Justine Bernard, Dr. Lisa Grimmer and Elements trainers. The group will explain managing osteoporosis with exercise and provide an opportunity to meet other people in the community dealing with this diagnosis.

Join the BHOF Support Group of Washington, DC, for the following support group meetings planned for 2021: https://bit.ly/ElementsOsteoSupportGroup

Meetings are held on Zoom for now. There is no charge to attend the events, but please register with the link above or email FrontDesk@elementscenter.com to RSVP for a meeting; the Zoom link will then be sent to you on the day of the meeting.

West Virginia

BHOF HIMG Support Group

Huntington
Support group email: pattydickey@uhswv.com

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