Caregiver support groups

Free and open to the public, our groups provide a place where caregivers can share stories, lend support to each other, and get helpful information from health care professionals and licensed social workers. Topics include:

  • Finding balance as a caregiver
  • Home safety for your loved one
  • Defining goals of care
    ...And many more.

CAREGIVER TIP. Respond with affection and reassurance.. People with dementia often feel confused, anxious and unsure of themselves. Further, they often get reality confused and may recall things that never really occurred. Avoid trying to convince them they are wrong. Stay focused on the feelings they are demonstrating ( which are real) and respond with verbal and physical expressions of comfort, support and reassurance, Sometimes holding hands, touching hugging and praise will get the person to respond when all else fails.

Refreshments are served at each group. For more information, please call the number listed in the Location column.

Charlton

Date

Topic

Location

February 2, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker Julie McMurray,
Alzheimer’s Association

Summit ElderCare, Meadowside
88 Masonic Home Road
Charlton, MA
Contact: Annette Mercado
1-508-434-3200, Ext.32033
(TRS 711)


Leominster

Date

Topic

Location

February 23, 2017
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Networking and the importance of self care

Summit ElderCare
55 Cinema Blvd.
Leominster, MA
Contact: Donna Ferro
1-978-401-3100
(TRS 711)


Lowell

Date

Topic

Location

February 8, 2017
2:00 p.m.–4 p.m.

Non-verbal communication: What may not be said
Brittany Collins, NP

Summit ElderCare
1081 Varnum Ave.
Lowell, MA
Contact: Emily Lemire
1-978-427-6830
(TRS 711)


Springfield

Date

Topic

Location

February 8, 2017
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Managing stress and self care

Summit ElderCare
101 Wason Avenue
Springfield, MA
Contact: April Monfett
1-413-272-6194
(TRS 711)


Worcester

Date

Topic

Location

February 8, 2017
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Ageism: Discrimination against the elderly

 

Briarwood Administration Building
65 Briarwood Circle
Worcester, MA
Contact: Shelley Ware
1-508-852-2026 / Ext. 56549
(TRS 711)

February 13, 2017
2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Looking at behavior as communication

Summit ElderCare
1369 Grafton Street
Worcester, MA
Contact: Pat Lazarek
1-508-373-7400
(TRS 711)