Support Groups for 
Families Living with Aphasia

UPDATE: In-person support groups have been postponed due to COVID-19.
Please see Programs for online socials and other programming.

Individuals and families affected by aphasia face unique challenges. Support specifically designed for these people is limited. Three groups have formed in the Portland, Oregon area that provide both the individual experiencing aphasia and family members the opportunity to develop a sense of community with others impacted by aphasia. These groups are organized and run by participants. Groups are free of charge, but do ask for small contributions to be given to the churches that have donated space. Regular attendance is not required, but families feel that attending often is beneficial to everyone. There are now three groups in the Portland Metro area for individuals and families living with aphasia:


  • SE Portland
    Continuous Improvement Group 
    Who: Individuals and families 
    When: Each Monday 
    11:00 – 12:00 
    Where: Valley View Evangelical Church 
    11501 SE Sunnyside Rd. 

     Clackamas, OR 97015​

  • Contact: Don Rodgers (360) 693.9398

  • NE Portland
    Speak EZ group 
    Who: Individuals and families 
    When: Odd numbered Saturdays (i.e. January 5th) 
    10:00 – 12:00 
    Where: Luther’s Lodge 
    Resurrection Lutheran Church 
    1700 NE 132nd Ave. 

     Portland, OR 97230

  • Contact: Mike Yuckert 503-695-5160

  • SW Portland
    Westside Aphasia Group 
    Who: Individuals and families 
    When: 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month 
    10:00 – 12:00 
    Where: St. Vincent Medical Center 
    Room varies – watch for directional signs 
    Contact: Susan Ginley 503-725-3546

  • NW Portland

      Men's Caregiver Support Group

      Who: Male Caregivers

      When: Fourth Thursday of Every Month       1:00 - 2:30pm

      Where: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical       Center, 1015 NW 22nd Ave, Portland,           OR 97210, USA

      Building 2 -- 2nd Floor Conference               Room above Devers Eye Clinic 

      Contact:  Howard Shapiro at                 


     This Year marks the 27th Year of the            Men's Group! Confidential Men's                    caregiver group - whether their spouse        has Alzheimer's, stroke, cancer,                    Parkinson's or other debilitating illness.      Howard Shapiro, the group facilitator,          encourages men to take care of                    themselves first, and do things outside        of the home to get re-energized so that        they can be a healthier caregiver. 

The Aphasia Network
PO Box 13406, Portland OR 97213

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