Patient Resources

For More Local Support and Resources

For many more local support groups and resources please visit the Valley Hospital Support Groups webpage.

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Seniors Blue Book

The Seniors Blue Book is an excellent source of information for local senior citizens. Our office has free booklets of the Bergen County area Blue Book for anyone who wants them. Booklets are available in the waiting room or upon request from reception as long as supplies last. The link to the local website is below as well, for any patients who prefer online access.

Ridgewood Senior Resource Center Website »

Advance Directive Information

Advance Directive and Healthcare Proxy Information

Advance directives are legal documents that will communicate your end-of-life wishes in the event that you are unable to express your wishes. The advance directive is composed of a living will and a medical/healthcare power of attorney (may also be referred to as healthcare proxy).

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has excellent informational resources regarding Advance Directives and how to go about setting one up. Please visit their website for more information and state-specific advance directive downloads.

Local Support Groups and Meetings

Ridgewood Orthopedic Group is not directly affiliated with any of these programs; we are providing the following links and information as a convenient public service to our patients. The information provided is not intended as a referral to or endorsement of any linked entities.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Program

Sponsored by Valley Home Care, Inc.
Phone: (201) 291-6213. Call for meeting details.
Local Meetings: The Valley Hospital Kraft Center, 15 Essex Rd, Suite 301, Paramus 07652

Support Group for Healing from Complex Illnesses

Hosted by Tracy Hans, MS, LPC, ACS, Licensed Professional Counselor.
Phone: (551) 497-4982. Call for more information.
Meeting Location: Crossroads Center of NJ, 947 Linwood Ave, Suite 2N, Ridgewood, NJ

Trauma and PTSD Support Group

Hosted by Dr. Linda Centeno
Phone: (201) 820-0937. Call for more information.
Weekly Meetings: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm at Dr. Centeno’s office, 169 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ

Emotional Eaters Support Group

Hosted by Gloria Leder, MSW, LCSW
Phone: (201) 984-1590. Call for more information.
Weekly Meetings: Thursdays 7:30pm at 1156 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ

Additional Local Support Resources

New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse

Phone: (800) 367-6274

The NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is dedicated to helping people find and form self-help support groups across the state of NJ. The Clearinghouse is a service sponsored by the Mental Health Association in NJ.

Cancer Care – NJ Support Services

Local Website:
Phone: 201‑444‑6630 or 800‑813‑HOPE (4673)
Main Location: 141 Dayton Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Cancer Care leads many support groups for patients and their families. More information is available directly on the website.

Healing Hearts Family Bereavement Camp – Annual retreat for families with children coping with the loss of a loved one from cancer. For more information please contact Claire Grainger at 201-301-6811 or

Alzheimer’s Support groups

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Hotline: (888) 280-6055
Family Support Group Information: Call (973) 586-4300, or visit this page for current locations and meeting times.
Community Education Programs: Call (888) 280-6055, or visit this page for a calendar of upcoming programs.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Bergen County

Phone: (888) 622-3272. Call for more information.

American Parkinson Disease Association – NJ Chapter

Email: Carol Livingstone
Local Meetings: Ridgewood YMCA, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood, NJ

Email for current meeting dates/times.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) Support Group

Local Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9:00pm at The Valley Hospital Conference Center, 223 North Van Dien Ave, Ridgewood, NJ. Pre-registration required.

Pre-register by calling the NJ Chapter Office at 732-786-9960, Ext. 3.

Group Leader: Debby Adler.

Overeaters Anonymous

Local Meetings: There are several meeting options, including Face-to-Face, by Telephone, and Online. To search for your preferred meeting type, visit

AA - Alcoholics Anonymous

24/7 hotline: (800) 245-1377
Local meetings: Check website for up-to-date locations and times.

Al-Anon/Alateen of North Jersey

North Jersey Al-Anon Phone: (973) 744-8686
Local meetings: Varies. Search by zip code in

NA – Narcotics Anonymous

Helpline: 732-933-0462

Call the helpline or visit the website for up-to-date meeting locations and times.

For many more local support groups and resources please visit the Valley Hospital Support Groups webpage.