Chronic Illness

Parents of children with chronic illnesses may find it difficult to discuss the realities of their child’s condition, but an open dialogue may be the most important step to managing anxiety. Make it a point to ask your child how he or she feels each day and emphasize accomplishments made in spite of any physical or medial limitations. In addition, before doctor’s appointments, hospital stays or procedures, inform your child about what to expect or have a conversation together with other children who have had similar experiences. If you need professional assistance, Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers counseling and therapy services for children and adolescents with chronic illnesses >


Chronic Illness Programs and Screenings

Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy. We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available.

Caregivers Coalitions
Caregivers of seniors, adults and children with disabilities or mental illnesses will receive education, support and access to resources to sustain them in their care-giving role. Sponsored by the United Way of Northern New Jersey; registration is not required.

• Morris County Caregiver Coalition
Second Wednesday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
Ukranian American Cultural Center, 60 North Jefferson Road, Whippany, NJ
For more information, call 973-993-1160.

• Somerset County Caregiver Coalition
Second Thursday of every month, 9:00 to 11:00am
Shimon & Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater, NJ
For more information, call 908-253-6534.

Pediatric Cardiology Parent Support Group
Families with children up to four years old with heart conditions can meet to discuss family life and coping mechanisms. Registration is not required.
First Monday of every month, 6:30 to 7:30pm
Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
For more information, please call 973-971-8689.


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