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 NEW ENGLAND VIRTUAL PROGRAMS & SUPPORT GROUPS

We know that during this unprecedented time, no one should face Alzheimer’s or other dementia alone.

That’s why we have developed additional resources* to help support you!

*The programs listed below are presented via webinar or phone. Access information will be sent in email confirmation after registration. 
Please be sure to register using a valid email address.

 

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups create a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. They also educate and inform participants about dementia and help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems.

These support groups are presented by Alzheimer’s Association volunteers and staff in MA, NH, CT, VT, ME and RI.

*To learn more and to register for any of these groups, call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Caregiver Groups

General Dementia Caregiver Support Groups
Caregiver Support Groups for Those Living at Home with Their Loved One with a Diagnosis
Caregiver groups for Those with a Loved One in a Facility During Covid-19
Young Onset Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Early Stage Dementia Caregiver Support Group
Caregiver Grief Support Group (group is full as of 5/27/2020)
Professional Caregiver Support Group
Spanish Speaking Caregiver Support Group

Groups for People Living with a Diagnosis

Early Stage Group for People Living with a Diagnosis

PROGRAMS

May 28

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

June 1

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

June 3

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Getting Through the Day with Less Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for people caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Your typical routine is likely disrupted, and you may not have respite and social support that you need. Learn strategies for and ask your questions about personal hygiene, communication tips about social distancing restrictions, and ways to get some breaks in the day. This program is for family caregivers with a loved one at home.

June 3

2 – 4 p.m.

Effective Communication Strategies

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

June 3

6 – 7 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Cómo reducir el estrés del cuidador 

La pandemia del COVID-19  crea desafíos especiales para las personas que cuidan a su ser querido en el hogar. Su rutina se ve interrumpida y tal vez usted no tiene los servicios de cuidado y el apoyo que tanto necesita. Aprenda algunas estrategias para mantener la higiene personal, consejos para comunicarse teniendo en cuenta las restricciones de distanciamiento social, maneras de tomar descansos durante el día y pregúntele a los expertos. Este programa es para personas que cuidan a sus seres queridos con demencia en el hogar.

June 3

6 – 7 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Getting Through the Day with Less Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for people caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Your typical routine is likely disrupted, and you may not have respite and social support that you need. Learn strategies for and ask your questions about personal hygiene, communication tips about social distancing restrictions, and ways to get some breaks in the day. This program is for family caregivers with a loved one at home.

June 5

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

June 8

10 – 11 a.m.

Effective Communication Strategies

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

June 10

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Emergency Planning: What to Do If You or Your Loved One Gets Sick

Emergency situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, present special challenges to those caring for a loved one with dementia. It is important to plan ahead for your loved one’s care and safety in case you or someone in your family were to become sick with COVID-19. Learn how to make a back-up plan that will help handle complex decisions and take action as quickly as possible in an emergency. Ask your specific questions about your options if you or your loved one becomes sick with COVID-19.

June 10

2 – 3 p.m.

Dementia Conversations

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.

June 10

6 – 7 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Emergency Planning: What to Do If You or Your Loved One Gets Sick

Emergency situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, present special challenges to those caring for a loved one with dementia. It is important to plan ahead for your loved one’s care and safety in case you or someone in your family were to become sick with COVID-19. Learn how to make a back-up plan that will help handle complex decisions and take action as quickly as possible in an emergency. Ask your specific questions about your options if you or your loved one becomes sick with COVID-19.

June 10

6 – 7 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Cómo crear un plan de emergencia si su ser querido se enferma

Situaciones de emergencia, como la actual pandemia del COVID-19, presentan desafíos especiales para las personas que cuidan a un familiar con demencia en el hogar. Es importante planear con anticipación el cuidado y la seguridad de su ser querido en caso de que usted o algún miembro de su familia se enferme con el COVID-19.  Aprenda cómo hacer un plan de emergencia que le ayudará a manejar decisiones complejas y a tomar medidas rápidas en caso de una emergencia. Pregunte acerca de las opciones que usted y su ser querido tienen si llegan a enfermarse con el COVID-19. Este programa es para personas que cuidan a su ser querido con demencia en el hogar.

June 11

2 – 3 p.m.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

June 12

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Living with Alzheimer’s for People with Dementia: Part 1

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing and leads to many questions. What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? In this three-part program, you will hear from others who have been where you are. You’ll learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do as you navigate this chapter of your life.

June 13

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Know the 10 Signs

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

June 15

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

June 16

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

June 17

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Tips for Caregivers at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for people caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Your typical routine is likely disrupted, and the programs and services you utilize may be inaccessible. You may have difficulty keeping your loved one engaged in meaningful activities, and stress may be high for everyone at home. Learn tips for and ask your questions about structuring the day, choosing activities, and dealing with difficult behaviors from experts at the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter.

June 17

1 – 2 p.m.

Dementia & Your Community

Join us for this training for community professionals that will cover the following: Overview of dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease, How dementia impacts brain and body, Understanding Communication challenges, Understanding Behavior changes, Helpful strategies for working with clientele with dementia.

June 17

6 – 7 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Tips for Caregivers at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for people caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Your typical routine is likely disrupted, and the programs and services you utilize may be inaccessible. You may have difficulty keeping your loved one engaged in meaningful activities, and stress may be high for everyone at home. Learn tips for and ask your questions about structuring the day, choosing activities, and dealing with difficult behaviors from experts at the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH Chapter. 

June 17

6 – 7 p.m.

Sugerencias para cuidadores de personas con Alzheimer en la etapa temprana

En la etapa temprana de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, las familias se enfrentan a nuevas inquietudes a medida que se adaptan. ¿Qué significa el diagnóstico? ¿Qué clases de planes deben realizarse? ¿Cuáles son los recursos disponibles para ayudar? Únase con nosotros para esta serie de 3 partes para escuchar respuestas prácticas a las preguntas que surgen en la etapa temprana. Escuche de aquellos afectados directamente y aprenda qué puede hacer para sobrellevar los cambios que surgen con un diagnóstico de etapa temprana.

June 18

6 – 8 p.m.

Effective Communication Strategies

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

June 22

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dementia Conversations

When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.

June 22

6 – 7:30 p.m.

Know the 10 Signs

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. Join us to learn how to recognize common signs of the disease; how to approach someone about memory concerns; the importance of early detection and benefits of a diagnosis; possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

June 23

6 – 8 p.m.

Legal and Financial Planning

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever. Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease is an interactive two-part program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you. This program will cover information for families and individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Topics covered will include: Making legal plans that fit your needs; Legal documents you’ll need and what they mean for all of you; How to find legal and financial assistance; Practical strategies for making a long-term plan of care; Tax deductions and credits; and Government programs that can help pay for care.

June 24

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Tips for Families with a Loved One in a Facility

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for families whose loved one with dementia is living in a care facility. While facing visitation restrictions, you may not be able to provide the hands-on care and face-to-face support you typically would, and you may feel that communication with those providing direct care is limited or uncertain. Learn tips for and ask your questions about communicating with the facility care team and keeping in touch with your loved one including how to talk about social distancing restrictions. This program is intended for families whose loved is living in a care facility.

June 24

2 – 3 p.m.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Join us to learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s; the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia; stages and risk factors; current research and treatments available for some symptoms; and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

June 24

6 – 7 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Tips for Families with a Loved One in a Facility

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for families whose loved one with dementia is living in a care facility. While facing visitation restrictions, you may not be able to provide the hands-on care and face-to-face support you typically would, and you may feel that communication with those providing direct care is limited or uncertain. Learn tips for and ask your questions about communicating with the facility care team and keeping in touch with your loved one including how to talk about social distancing restrictions. This program is intended for families whose loved is living in a care facility.

June 24

6 – 7 p.m.

Sugerencias para cuidadores de personas con Alzheimer en la etapa temprana

En la etapa temprana de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, las familias se enfrentan a nuevas inquietudes a medida que se adaptan. ¿Qué significa el diagnóstico? ¿Qué clases de planes deben realizarse? ¿Cuáles son los recursos disponibles para ayudar? Únase con nosotros para esta serie de 3 partes para escuchar respuestas prácticas a las preguntas que surgen en la etapa temprana. Escuche de aquellos afectados directamente y aprenda qué puede hacer para sobrellevar los cambios que surgen con un diagnóstico de etapa temprana.

June 29

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s 

When someone under 65 is diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, the first reaction is often shock or denial. This doesn’t happen to someone so young…does it? What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made for everyone? What about work? What resources are available to help? Join us for this program to get answers to the questions that arise for people concerned about Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to ease the impact throughout the course of the disease.

June 30

4 – 6 p.m.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

July 1

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Getting Through the Day with Less Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for people caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Your typical routine is likely disrupted, and you may not have respite and social support that you need. Learn strategies for and ask your questions about personal hygiene, communication tips about social distancing restrictions, and ways to get some breaks in the day. This program is for family caregivers with a loved one at home.

July 1

6 – 7 p.m.

COVID Caring Conversations: Getting Through the Day with Less Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic creates special challenges for people caring for a loved one with dementia at home. Your typical routine is likely disrupted, and you may not have respite and social support that you need. Learn strategies for and ask your questions about personal hygiene, communication tips about social distancing restrictions, and ways to get some breaks in the day. This program is for family caregivers with a loved one at home.

July 1

6 – 7 p.m.

Sugerencias para cuidadores de personas con Alzheimer en la etapa temprana

En la etapa temprana de la enfermedad de Alzheimer, las familias se enfrentan a nuevas inquietudes a medida que se adaptan. ¿Qué significa el diagnóstico? ¿Qué clases de planes deben realizarse? ¿Cuáles son los recursos disponibles para ayudar? Únase con nosotros para esta serie de 3 partes para escuchar respuestas prácticas a las preguntas que surgen en la etapa temprana. Escuche de aquellos afectados directamente y aprenda qué puede hacer para sobrellevar los cambios que surgen con un diagnóstico de etapa temprana.

July 8

6 – 7 p.m.

Información básica sobre la enfermedad de Alzheimer 

El Alzheimer no es parte normal del proceso de envejecimiento. Este programa le ofrece información acerca de la enfermedad, los beneficios de un diagnóstico temprano, las causas, los factores de riesgo, los tratamientos y los servicios que ofrece la Alzheimer´s Association.

July 15

6 – 7 p.m.

Conozca las 10 señales del Alzheimer  

Si usted o algún conocido tiene problemas de memoria y de comportamiento, es importante que se informe. La enfermedad de Alzheimer no es parte normal del envejecimiento. Este programa le ofrece información básica sobre la enfermedad, factores de riesgo, señales de alerta, diagnóstico y programas y servicios que ofrece la Alzheimer’s Association para ayudarlo. Este evento es gratis y está abierto al público. Para registrarse por favor llame a Leonor Buitrago, 617.393.2086.

July 22

6 – 7 p.m.

Hábitos para un estilo de vida saludable

Siempre hemos sabido que la salud del cerebro y la del cuerpo están relacionadas. Pero ahora la ciencia nos ofrece información sobre cómo optimizar nuestra salud física y cognitiva a medida que envejecemos. Este programa le ofrece herramientas prácticas en las áreas de alimentación, nutrición, ejercicio, actividad cognitiva y social que le ayudarán a envejecer de manera saludable.

July 29

6 – 7 p.m.

Como responder a las conductas relacionadas con la demencia 

Las conductas son una forma poderosa de comunicación para las personas condemencia. A través de ellas pueden comunicar sus emociones cuando han perdidola capacidad de usar el lenguaje. Sin embargo, algunos comportamientos puedenpresentar desafíos para los cuidadores. En esta charla hablaremos sobre cómointerpetar los mensajes de las conductas, identificar las conductas más comunesy aprender estrategias que ayudarán a manejar algunos de los comportamientosmás difíciles de la enfermedad de Alzheimer.

EARLY STAGE SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

The Early-Stage Social Engagement Program offers a fun and comfortable way for people living in the early stage of Alzheimer’s or other dementia to get connected with one another through a variety of social events and community-based activities that promote social interaction and companionship.

May 23, June 6, and June 20

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Shared Voices Intergenerational Chorus

To learn more and to register, contact Heather at 860-819-1528 or heatherdobbert@gmail.com.

May 28

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alz Meet Up: Virtual Trivia – Presidential Edition

Love trivia? Come test your knowledge about your your United States Presidents with us. Be sure to bring your competitive skills and your knowledge of US history! This program is intended for persons with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their care partner(s).

May 30

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Alz Meet Up: Virtual Yoga

Join Olivia Evans for a gentle all-levels Vinyasa style flow yoga class to stretch the body, quiet the mind, and relax the spirit. Bring a yoga mat or towel, a strap or belt (if you have it), and an open mind. Caregivers & care recipients of all sizes, shapes, and ages are welcome. Participants must be able to get up and down from the floor. This is virtual program presented via webinar. You will receive the access information on the day of the program via email. Please be sure to register using a valid email address.This program is intended for persons with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their care partner(s).

June 4

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alz Meet Up: Virtual Trivia – Garden Edition

Love trivia? Come test your botanical knowledge with us. Be sure to bring your competitive skills and your knowledge of the great outdoors! This program is intended for persons with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their care partner(s).

June 11

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alz Meet Up: Draw With Us!

Come draw about a hobby or activity you love doing! This is virtual program presented via webinar. This program is intended for persons with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their care partner(s).

June 18

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Alz Meet Up: Proverbs

Complete the Old Wives Tale saying. We’ll provide different, useful sayings that need to be completed. Fill in the blank. This program is intended for persons with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their care partner(s).