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Support Groups

The Aging Resource Center offers various ongoing support and discussion groups.

Alzheimer's Disease Support and Education Group for Family Caregivers

Facilitators: Bernie Seifert, LICSW and Kathleen Otto, LICSW

Wednesdays, Second and fourth Wednesdays, 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Are you coping with a family member who has Alzheimer's disease or another dementia? Whether your family member lives with you, near you, or in another part of the country, the stresses of coping with this disease can be enormous. Come listen to other Alzheimer's family members talk about their challenges and how they manage them. Share your story with a friendly group of people who will understand what you are going through, who will not make judgments, and who will offer practical advice on how to handle the challenges of caring for someone with dementia.

Note: Pre-registration is NOT necessary.

Reframe and Retool

Facilitator: Marie Esselborn

Second Friday of each month, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Family caregivers of loved ones  with significant cognitive losses often face challenges which feel insurmountable. Discussing such challenges with those in similar circumstances offers opportunities to reframe how you think and feel and can lead to constructive changes in the way you approach everyday challenges. Soothe your spirit and supplement your toolbox by joining us as we problem solve together.

Note: Pre-registration is required. Please email AgingCenter@hitchcock.org or call (603) 653-3460 to register.

Caring for Another, Caring for Yourself: Nurture for Family Caregivers

Facilitator: Jeanne Childs, MA, BCC

Tuesdays, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 10, 24, May 8 and 22 (eight sessions), 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Family caregiving can be lonely, arduous, and prolonged. We offer you a safe-haven to express your feelings, ask questions, ease your mind, share ideas, and receive encouragement from others who truly understand.

Note: Pre-registration is required. Please speak with Jeanne Childs at (603) 653-3461 before enrolling.

When Someone You Love Has Died

Facilitator: Jeanne Childs, MA, BCC

Tuesdays, April 24 to June 12 (eight sessions), 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Losing someone you love can be soul-shattering. Join us for comfort, understanding, and support facing this daunting new reality. Our purpose is to strengthen each other in finding hopeful and sustaining steps forward.

Note: Pre-registration is required. Please speak with Jeanne Childs at (603) 653-3461 before enrolling. Regular attendance advised. Please bring your lunch.

Proactive Parkinson’s Discussion Group

Facilitators: Suzanne Serat, Karin Strassburger, and John Tomeny

Wednesdays, Fourth Wednesday of each month, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

A group of people with Parkinson's has formed a participant-directed, proactive group. We will meet to share experiences and information, and will evolve based on the participants’ needs and interests. Living with Parkinson's, we all have something to contribute about how we cope and about  what we've learned works and doesn't work for us. There's a lot of information out there. We can support each other, empower ourselves and enhance quality of life through learning and sharing information. People with Parkinson’s and family care partners and friends are welcome.

Note: Pre-registration is NOT necessary.

Upper Valley Stroke Support and Education Group

Fridays every other month (on even months), February 2, April 6 and June 1, 10:00 to 11:30 am

Stroke survivors, family members and caregivers are welcome to share their experiences and gain support, education and encouragement from others.

Note: Please call Shawna Malynowski at (603) 653-1117 to confirm meeting date and location. 

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