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Support Groups

The Aging Resource Center offers various ongoing support and discussion groups. If you are a first-time participant or are considering participation for yourself or someone else, please give as a call at (603) 653-3460 before your first visit or contact the facilitator directly.

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

Facilitator: Jeanne Childs, MA, BCC

Tuesdays, June 27, July 11, 25, August 8 and 22 (five 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: Please speak with Jeanne Childs at (603) 653-3461 before attending your first meeting.

Change and Possibility: Thriving Despite Challenge

Facilitator: Jeanne Childs, MA, BCC

Tuesdays, September 26, October 17, 31, November 14, 28 and December 12 (six sessions), 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Many circumstances older adults face are very difficult and cannot be changed. Nevertheless, in all loss, we have the choice of how to handle it. Join others who also want to find positive ways to deal with life’s “curve balls.”

Note: Please speak with Jeanne Childs at (603) 653-3461 before attending your first meeting.

Alzheimer's Disease Support and Education Group for Family Caregivers

Facilitator: Bernie Seifert, LICSW

Second and fourth Wednesday of September, October, November and December
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.

Early Stage Dementia Support Group for People with Dementia

Facilitator: Kathleen Otto, LICSW

Wednesdays, October 11 to December 13 (eight sessions except November 15 and 22), 4 to 5 pm

Have you been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, another progressive dementia or mild cognitive impairment? The Early Stage Support Group will give you the opportunity to connect with others who are experiencing similar symptoms and facing similar losses. Two groups will run concurrently - one group for people with early symptoms of dementia and one group for care partners, family members and loved ones.

Note: Please contact Kathleen Otto at (603) 653-3484 before attending for the first time.

Early Stage Dementia Support Group for Families and Friends

Facilitator: Bernie Seifert, LICSW

Wednesdays, October 11 to December 13 (eight sessions except November 15 and 22), 4 to 5 pm

Has somebody you love been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, another progressive dementia or mild cognitive impairment? The Early Stage Support Group will give you the opportunity to connect with others who are experiencing similar losses, challenges, changes and decisions. Two groups will run concurrently - one group for people with early symptoms of dementia and one group for care partners, family members and loved ones.

Proactive Parkinson's Discussion Group

Facilitators: Suzanne Serat and Suzanne Brooks, MD

Fourth Wednesday of each month, 1:00 to 2:30 pm (except November: meets on November 29 instead)

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: No registration is required.

When Someone You Love Has Died

Facilitator: Jeanne Childs, MA, BCC

Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13 and 20 (eight sessions), 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (except November 22: meets 11 am to 1pm)

The death of someone you love can be soul-shattering; surviving grief and reinventing yourself, daunting. Join us for comfort, understanding, and support, and ideas about how to strengthen each other and reclaim a hopeful and sustaining path forward.

Note: Registration required. Regular attendance for the series is strongly encouraged. Please bring your lunch.

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 that feel insurmountable. Discussing such challenges with those in similar circumstances offers the opportunity 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.

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