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Educational Resources for Patients

Patient Education and Support Groups

Our educational resource nurses provide patient education, along with community education and awareness programs.

Parkinson's Disease Support

Regular support meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, March - November. At each meeting, an exercise session is held from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a guest speaker from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. This group meets in the East Tower Conference Center at Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines. Patients, family members and care givers are all welcome to attend.

Epilepsy Support

Meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month in the East Tower Conference Center at Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines. Guest speakers will address challenges faced by those with a seizure history by covering topics including employment, transportation, advocacy, medications, pregnancy, legal issues, parenting, safety and financial issues.

Multiple Sclerosis Support

Facetime with Ruan Neurology – Roundtable Discussion
Visit the Mercy Ruan Neurology Clinic, located in the East Tower (Level A) at Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a light lunch and discussion about MS updates with the MS Team.

Alzheimer's Disease Support

  • ALZHEIMER’S BEGINNING THE CONVERSATION provides a one-time, basic understanding discussion: Meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in Des Moines
  • ALUMNI GROUP for caregivers that were in the Memory Minders support group in the past: Meets from 1:30-3 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in Des Moines
  • NEWLY DIAGNOSED-ADJUSTING TO THE NEWS: Meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Des Moines
  • NEWLY DIAGNOSED/EARLY STAGE GROUP: Meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month in Ames

For more information about any of the support groups listed above, please contact Valerie Stickel-Diehl at (515) 358-0002 or vstickel-diehl@mercydesmoines.org.

Community Resources

For more information about the community organizations Mercy partners with, please visit their sites.

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