> Caregiver Support Groups

PLEASE NOTE: Every effort is made to keep the current list of available caregiver support groups up to date. These groups are not facilitated by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and may change without notice. It is incumbent upon you to call the contact listed and confirm dates, times and current availability of the support group you are interested in.

 

Available Support Groups:

General Caregiver – not disease specific
Caring for a loved one with Mental Illness
Men’s Groups
Bereavement Support Groups
Brain Injury Support Groups
Chronic Illness Support Groups
Cancer Support Groups
Early Stage Alzheimer’s
Groups for Caregiver/Care Receiver w/Memory loss
Caregiver for Someone with Alzheimer’s/ADRD
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Cure PSP
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Caregivers of those struggling with addiction
Telephone Support Lines for Caregivers

 


General Caregiver – not disease specific

Academy Manor
89 Morton St. Andover MA 01810
3rd Monday of each month
6:30 – 7:30 pm
RSVP: Kris 978-475-0944

Andover Senior Center
30 Whittier Ct, Andover, MA 01810
3rd Monday of each month
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
RSVP:  978-623-8321

Amesbury Council on Aging
68 Elm St Amesbury MA 01913
1st Thursday of the month 10:00 AM
RSVP: Margaret Hayes or Andrew Suggs 978-388-8138

Billerica Council on Aging
25 Concord Rd. Billerica MA 01821
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
10:00 – 11:30 am
RSVP: Jeanne Teehan 978-671-0916

Community Family, Lowell
236 Broadway St. Lowell MA 01854
3rd Thursday each month
1:30 – 3:00 pm
RSVP Heather Betty: 978-458-4844

Edgewood Retirement Community
575 Osgood St. North Andover MA
3rd Tuesday of each month
10:00 – 11:00 am
Respite Care Available with Advance Notice.
For more information or to request respite Contact Jennie True at 978-725-4127

Elder Services of Merrimack Valley and Northshore
Danvers Office
300 Rosewood Drive, Danvers MA
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
10:30 am – 12:00 pm or 7:00 – 8:30 pm
RSVP: 978-750-4540

St. Michael’s Parish, North Andover
196 Main St. North Andover MA 01845
1st Thursday each month
1:00 – 2:00 pm
RSVP: Trisha 978-686-4050 x15

Sarah’s Place
180 Water St. Haverhill MA 01830
2nd Tuesday of each month
5:00 – 6:00 pm
RSVP Amy Anwyl: 978-374-2175

Summit ElderCare
1081 Varnum Ave. Lowell MA 01854
2nd Wednesday of each month
2:00 – 3:30 pm
RSVP: Emily Lemire 978-427-6830

Tewksbury Senior Center
174 Chandler St. Tewksbury MA 01876
1st Tuesday of each month
9:30 am
RSVP: Nicole Hutcheon 978-640-4480 x293

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Caring for a loved one with Mental Illness

NAMI – National Association of the Mentally Ill
Amesbury Senior Center
68 Elm St. Amesbury MA
3rd Thursday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm
2nd Floor
RSVP: 978-872-4525 or email nnea333@gmail.com

NAMI – National Association of the Mentally Ill
Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley
62 Brown St. Haverhill MA
1st Thursday of each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Near Merrimack Medical Center
Walk through revolving doors at back of hospital
RSVP: 978-872-4525

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Men’s Groups

Elder Services – For Men 60 plus
Tewksbury Senior Center
175 Chandler St. Tewksbury MA 01876
9:00 – 11:00 am
2nd/ 4th Thursday each month
RSVP: Mike McDermott 978-946-1251

Amesbury Council on Aging
68 Elm St Amesbury MA 01913
Every Friday
9:00 – 11:00 am
RSVP: 978-388-8138

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Bereavement Support Groups

Billerica Council on Aging
25 Concord Rd. Billerica MA 01821
Grief & Healing
2nd Wednesday of each month
11:00 am
RSVP: Jamie Doherty 978-671-0916

Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Rd. North Chelmsford MA 01863
Call for Enid for details
For information and to register call 978-552-4128

St. Michael’s Parish
196 Main St. North Andover MA 01845
Suicide Loss
2nd and 4th Tuesday each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm
RSVP: Samaritans 978-686-4050

Merrimack Valley Hospice, in conjunction with local organizations, provides several types of bereavement groups in the community: General grief support, groups for widow and widower’s, men’s grief support, grief support for loss of adult child, grief support for substance related loss, and programs for kids and teens.  For more information please call 978-552-4537 or visit: www.homehealthfoundation.org/bereavement- support/

St. Dorothy- St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Office
11 Harnden St. Wilmington MA 01887
Parish office bldg. 8
1st Monday of each month
6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Contact Laurie Hays 978-604-3102

St. Francis Parish, Dracut
115 Wheeler Rd. Dracut MA 01826
Call for schedule
Pastor’s Office 978-452-6611

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Brain Injury Support Groups

Lowell Community Health Center
161 Jackson St, Lowell, MA 01852
1st Monday of the month
11:00 am -12:30 pm
6th Floor
RSVP: Laura MacFelley 508-475-0032 x30

Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital
145 Ward Hill Ave. Bradford, MA 01835
Brain Injury Survivors and Caregivers
2nd Floor Dining Room
2nd Tuesday of the month
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Contact: Tress Ricker, BIA-MA Office 508-475-0032
Caroline Keaney, LICSW, 978-846-9453

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Chronic Illness Support Groups

Helping Hands – Lowell General Hospital
295 Varnum Ave., Lowell MA 01854
2nd and 4th Tuesday each month
2nd Tuesday meeting is a social group and 4th Tuesday meeting offers a lecture/educational speaker.
9:45 am – 12:00 pm
RSVP: Ann Marie Anderson 978-251-8712

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Cancer Support Groups

Holy Family Hospital
70 East St. Methuen MA 01844
Cancer Support Group
1st /3rd Wednesday each month
Dana Farber Waiting Room
6:00 – 7:00 pm
RSVP: Erin Solomon 978-687-0156  x2089 or x2090

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Ave. Boston MA 02215
 1st Thursday of each month
12:00 – 1:30 pm

3rd Tuesday of each month (February – June)
6:00 – 7:30 pm
RSVP: Ruth Cope, PhD, LICSW, 617-817-6280
Please call to register

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Early Stage Alzheimer’s

North Andover Senior Center
120 Main St. North Andover MA 01845
Caregivers and care receivers welcome
Pre-screen needed please call
RSVP: Cahla 978-688-9560

Methuen Village
4 Gleason St. Methuen MA 01844
3rd Thursday of each month
6:00 pm
Light refreshments will be served
RSVP: Kristin 978-685-2220 or info@methuenvillage.com

Alzheimer’s Association
Caregiver’s and individuals with memory loss
www.alz.org/manh or call 800-272-3900

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Groups for Caregiver/Care Receiver w/Memory loss

Atrium at Veronica Drive
1 Veronica Dr. Danvers MA 01923
2nd Tuesday of each month
5:00 – 6:00 pm
RSVP: Sarah Coletti 978-914-0514

Benchmark Senior Living – Haverhill Crossings
254 Amesbury Rd, Haverhill, MA 01830

3rd Tuesday of each month
5:30 – 7:00 pm
RSVP: Sarah Coletti 978-914-0514

Bridges by Epoch Westford
108 Littleton Rd. Westford MA 01886
3rd Monday of each Month
4:30 pm
Respite is offered
RSVP: Abby 978-692-9541

Lawrence Senior Center
155 Haverhill St. Lawrence MA 01840
3rd Thursday of each month
Aroma De Café, a welcoming place for people with memory problems and their caregivers to talk, enjoy a rich coffee and participate in an activity that gives everyone the opportunity to try something new and have fun. For more information call Angie Garcia at 978-620-3540

Salvatore’s Restaurant
34 Park St. Andover, MA 01810
4th Monday of each month
6:30 – 8:00 pm
For more information contact Emily Kearns 978-604-0830
This is a Memory Café, or social gathering, for individuals living with memory loss and their loved ones to use as a source of ideas, information, and connection to other community supports.

Town Market Andover
429 S. Main St. Andover MA 01810
Coffee Hour  2nd Wednesday of each month
9:30 – 10:30 am
For more information contact Emily Kearns 978-604-0830 or EmilyKearns18@gmail.com

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Caregiver for Someone with Alzheimer’s/ADRD

Atria Merrimack Place
85 Storey Ave. Newburyport, MA 01950
Community Room
2nd Tuesday of each month
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Contact: Robin  978-462-7324

Atrium at Veronica Drive
1 Veronica Dr. Danvers MA 01923
2nd Tuesday of each month
5:00 – 6:00 pm
RSVP: Sarah Coletti 978-914-0514

Avita of Newburyport
4 Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way Newburyport, MA 01950
2nd Tuesday of each month
6:00 – 7:30 pm
RSVP: Kathy Kodwick 978-225-7000

Benchmark Senior Living – Haverhill Crossing
254 Amesbury Rd. Haverhill, MA
3rd Thursday of month
5:30 – 6:30 pm
RSVP: Sara Coletti 978-914-0514

Blair House of Tewksbury Assisted Living Residence
10B Erlin Terrace, Tewksbury, MA 01876
3rd Tuesday of the month
5:30-6:30 pm
RSVP: Cindy Barcelos  978-851-3121  x3298

BrightView Concord River
199 Concord Rd. Billerica, MA 01821
Last Wednesday of each month
5:00 – 7:00 pm
RSVP:  Daria Rabkin 978-262-1410
Call to sign up for email updates/additional speakers

Chelmsford Journey Church
9 Academy St. Chelmsford MA 01824
2nd Wednesday each month
Evening Group
More Info: Call Lisa Sobhian 978-569-1000  x2670

Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Rd. North Chelmsford MA 01863
2nd/4th Monday each month
1:00 – 2:30pm
RSVP: Colleen 978-788-6178

Cooperative Elder Services
37 B Street, Burlington, MA 01803
3rd Wednesday of each month
9:30 – 10:45 am
Contact: Diane Luther 781-270-5751  x211

Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley
140 Lincoln Ave Haverhill MA 01830
3rd Wednesday each month
7:00 – 8:30 pm
RSVP: Jennifer Cullen 978-521-8713

Lewy Body Dementia Support Group
3rd Tuesday of each month
5:15 – 7:00 pm
Contact Lois Harvey for more details or if you are planning to attend
978 744 8740 or Leharvey88@hotmail.com.
You are most welcome to invite someone, too.

Marguerite’s House Assisted Living, Lawrence
189 Maple St. Lawrence MA 01841
3rd Wednesday each month
6:30 pm
RSVP:  Kathy Moriarty 978-620-1492

Mary Immaculate, Lawrence
172 Lawrence St. Lawrence MA 01841
Caregivers Support Group (Spanish)
MH Kitchen
Contact Larry Middleton 978-620-1494

Spectrum Adult Day Health, Beverly
600 Cummings Center, Suite 176 X
Beverly MA 01915
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
1:30 – 3:00 pm
RSVP:  Rachel Palmacci 978-921-5020 x1146
Free respite available upon request

Spectrum Adult Day Health North Andover
1820 Turnpike St. North Andover MA 01845
2nd Wednesday of each month
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Respite Care Provided
RSVP: Brooke Wilson 978-712-1117

Westford Council on Aging/ Cameron Senior Center
20 Pleasant St. Westford, MA 01886
1st Wednesday of each month
Call for time
RSVP: Sandy 978-758-6072

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Andover Senior Center
36 Bartlet St. Andover MA 01810
2nd Thursday each month
September – June (No summer programs)
1:30 – 3:00 pm
RSVP: 978-623-8321

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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Cure PSP

CurePSP
Boston University Medical Center
250 Pond St. Braintree MA
For patients and caregivers affected by PSP and MSA
2nd Saturday every other month
12:30-2:00
For more information contact: Melissa Diggin at 339-927-5468, mdiggin@hotmail.com

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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Lowell Family Resource Center
27 Prescott St. Lowell, MA 01852
Call facilitator for meeting info
Lori Sousa 978-942-3264

Lowell Senior Center
276 Broadway Lowell, MA
1st Friday month
1:00 – 2:30 pm
RSVP: Cindy Hession-Richard LSW CDP, 978-946-1445

St. Dorothy-St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Office
11 Harnden St. Wilmington MA 01887
Call for schedule
Contact 978-658-4665

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Caregivers of those struggling with addiction

Learn to Cope

Tewksbury Memorial Highschool
320 Pleasant St. Tewksbury MA
Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Conference room LG1

Sacred Hearts
165 South Main St. Bradford/Haverhill MA
Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus
1 Hospital St. Lowell, MA
Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Visit Learn2Cope.org or call 508-738-5148
Every chapter on Learn to Cope holds weekly meetings run by experienced facilitators who have been there. These meetings offer peer-support, education, resources and HOPE for families dealing with addiction and recovery.  They are a safe place for members to share their experiences, ask questions, learn about addition and listen to guest speakers who are either in long term recovery or professionals in the field. Overdose education and Narcan training is also available at every meeting in Massachusetts.

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Telephone Support Lines for Caregivers

Alzheimer’s Association Help Line – 1-800-272-3900 – Staffed by consultants trained in dementia and may be able to provide Care Consultation/Home Visit.

American Brain Tumor Association CareLine – 1-800-866-ABTA (2282) – Are you a brain tumor patient, survivor, or caregiver looking for one-on-one support? ABTA “CommYOUnity” connects brain tumor patients, survivors and caregivers with Mentors who have been through a similar situation.

American Stroke Association – The Stroke Warmline 1-888-4-STROKE – Warmline staffed by specially trained representatives who have had personal experiences with stroke.

Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration – The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration sponsors telephone support groups for caregivers who are not able to access a face to face group led by experienced facilitators. For more information about one of the phone support groups contact AFTD’s HelpLine at infor@theaftd.org or 866-507-7222

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine – 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) – HelpLine staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issues including symptoms of mental illness, treatment options, local support groups and services, education programs, helping family members get treatment, programs to help find jobs, and NAMI Legal Resource Service.

National Cancer Institute – Cancer Hope Network – 1-877-HOPENET – Matches patients and families with trained volunteers who have recovered from a similar cancer experience.

Lewy Body Dementia – Caregiver link – 1-800-539-9767 – For caregivers who do not have internet access or wish to speak with someone. Provides a link to experienced LBD caregivers. Please leave a message and LBDA volunteer will return your call within 24-48 hours.

Parkinson’s Disease Help Line – 1-800-457-6676 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Veterans Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274 staffed M-F 8:00 am – 8:00 pm – Support Coordinators are licensed professionals who can support you by matching you with local resources and services that you are eligible also available to just listen to concerns.

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