Free Support Groups at Manatee Memorial

Free Support Groups at Manatee Memorial

If you're a patient, former patient, family member or friend, you can share your thoughts and learn from the experiences of others in free support groups at Manatee Memorial Hospital.


Breast Cancer Support Group

The breast cancer support group is for patients who are newly diagnosed, who are currently in treatment, or have completed treatment. Families and caregivers are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: The second Thursday of each month
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Outpatient Services Center, 250 Second Street East (next to the hospital)

Please call 941-708-8330 for more information.

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Diabetes Support Group

This monthly support group is designed to encourage and continue educating those with diabetes. If you're a patient, former patient, family member or friend, you can share your thoughts and learn from the experiences of others in this free support group at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Each group is limited to 60 people.

The support group is facilitated by Manatee Memorial Dietitians.

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.
Room: Tower Auditorium
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital
206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208

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Healthy Hearts Support Group

This cardiac support group will offer education and encouragement to cardiac patients, their families and those looking for a healthier lifestyle.

Each month a Registered Dietitian from 2nd Street Bistro will discuss healthy foods, meal planning and health and wellness tips. In addition, a guest speaker will discuss a variety of educational cardio-related topics. Free blood pressure checks and dinner will be provided.

September Topic: Primary vs. Secondary Prevention of Heart Disease, presented by David Buck, DO, Bradenton Cardiology Center

Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital's Tower Auditorium

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HOPE Stroke Support Group for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

Each month a different topic and speaker will be featured. This support group is in partnership with Florida Home Health and Manatee Memorial Hospital. Dinner is provided.

Date: The second Thursday of each month
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Location: The IMG Academy Golf Club
4350 El Conquistador Parkway
Bradenton, FL 34210

Please call 941-745-7394 to make a reservation or for questions.

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MOMM's Place: Mommy Support Group

Want to meet other new mothers? Need a shoulder to cry on? Interested in activities that involve you and your children? Then this group is for you. Most of our mothers join us weekly to share lunch, stories, and life's little experiences. It's a great time to get out of the house with the little ones.

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: MOMM's Place, Suite 3F, Medical Office Building
250 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208  (next door to the hospital)

Bring a bag lunch. Call 941-745-6925 for information.


Parkinson’s Education Forum

Manatee Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, is proud to host a monthly educational forum for those with Parkinson's and their care partners. This free program is offered at no charge and provides the opportunity to learn about topics related to Parkinson’s. Light refreshments will be provided.

September Topic: Low Back Pain: Management and Prevention, presented by Suzanne Anderson, MSPT, DPT, Director, The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, A Service of Manatee Memorial Hospital

Date: The second Tuesday of each month
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Room: Classroom A
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital
206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208

Please call Cindy Underwood, Manatee County Care Advisor, at 941-926-6413, ext. 200 to make a reservation or if you have questions.

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Smoking Cessation Program — Tools to Quit

Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you quit through Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center. The program covers all forms of tobacco. Meetings are held monthly on the fourth Thursday. Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: The fourth Thursday of each month (except December)
Time: 4 – 6 p.m.
Room: Classroom A
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital
206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208

Please call 941-552-1283​ to register or for more information.

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Weight Loss Support Group

This group provides support for those who have already had weight-loss surgery, answers questions and provides postoperative support. It's also for those interested in learning about surgical weight loss. The group meets once a month on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. 

Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Manatee Memorial Hospital's Tower Auditorium
206 Second Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208

Please call 941-708-8055 for dates, to reserve a spot or for more information. 

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