Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center at the Parish Nurse Center for Wellness

The mission of St. Joseph Hospital’s Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is to provide support to patients recently diagnosed, family members of those recently diagnosed, and caregivers. Through support groups, educational offerings, respite programs, and individual meetings, we strive to be the caring presence that is much needed during this time.

All of our support groups, educational offerings, and caregiver consultations are free of charge.

We offer two ongoing support groups for patients and caregivers throughout the community.

Early Stage Support Group
This group is for anyone in the community whose loved ones are early on in the journey of Alzheimer’s Disease or early memory disorders.

Caregivers’ Support Group
This group is for anyone in the community caring for someone at any stage of Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory related disorders.

We offer a free weekly educational speaking series, featuring well known educators and advocates to share their expertise on caregiving for Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory disorders. Experts presenting come from Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

  • Held from September through November and January through May
  • Held on Fridays at 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • No registration is required

Day Away Program
The Edward V. Karg Day Away Program is a social respite program for patients who are in the early to beginning stages of Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory related disorders. This social program allows patients to engage in social activities, all while providing their caregivers with a well-deserved break. Some of the patient activities include:

  • Creating artistic masterpieces
  • Playing ping-pong
  • Playing bingo
  • Exercising
  • Singing
  • Spending time with their friends

Taking Action: Living Well with Mild Memory Loss
This 5-week series combines aspects of a support group and educational programming in an effort to educate and connect people living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a memory related disorder. It offers a wide variety of resources as well as bonding opportunities. Please call the Parish Nurse Center for Wellness for dates and times for this series at (603) 884-3030.

Caregiver Training
This 6-week program is designed to help caregivers take optimal care of their loved ones and for themselves. This program focuses on optimizing the positive and decreasing the negative.

Caregiver Consultations
We are here to answer your questions, share resources, and connect you with community services. We understand the implications of Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory disorders need to be sorted out – which is why we’re here to help. Please feel free to call us to schedule a consultation at (603) 884-3030.

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center is located within the Parish Nurse Center for Wellness, which is located directly next to St. Joseph Hospital Laboratory Services/Physical Therapy locations at 460 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03063. If you have any questions or are interested in signing up for any of our programs, please contact:

Pam Deres, MS, RN

Phone: (603) 884-3030

Email: pderes@sjhnh.org

Upcoming Speaking Series

Friday, September 9th
Speaker: David Craig, Eq, Certified Elder Lawyer
Topic: Legal and financial considerations when your loved one has Alzheimer’s or another memory loss related disorder
Attorney Craig will discuss the important factors to consider when your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another memory loss related disorder.

Friday, September 16th
Speaker: Melissa Grenier, LCSW, Regional Manager, State of NH Alzheimer’s Association
Topic: Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Friday, September 23rd
Speaker: Surprise
Topic: Surprise

Friday, September 30th
Speaker: Wendy Sage Matsis, Senior Advisor of Bridges by Epoch, Nashua, NH
Topic: Journeying with your loved ones along the road of Dementia and other memory related disorders
Wendy’s expertise will help you understand changes in your loved ones behaviors and personalities.

Friday, October 7th
Speaker: Joanne Arbors, Memory Care of Bedford, NH
Topic: To Be Announced

Friday, October 14th
Speaker: Mary Frances Schoenley, NH Service-Link Regional Manager
Topic: Applying for Medicaid when you need In-Home Care (CFI)
We understand that the Medicaid application can be overwhelming. That’s why we’re bringing in Mary, who will review the application process, as well as share her wisdom and expertise. 

Friday, October 21st
Speaker: Melissa Grenier, LCSW, Regional Manager, State of NH Alzheimer’s Association
Topic: Managing Money – A Caregivers Guide to Finances
For Caregivers – How much do you know about managing money? This speaking series was created to help you learn about the costs of caregiving and the benefits of early planning. Melissa will also teach you on how to avoid financial abuse and fraud. You will learn about how to start a conversation about finances, access financial needs, legal needs, and find support.

Friday, October 28th
Speaker: Mal Allard, Their Real World Memory Care
Topic: Conquering Caregiver Overload
We understand that as a caregiver, you can become very overwhelmed. We’re going to teach you practical ways to care for yourself, all while caring for your loved one.

Friday, November 4th
Speaker: Mary Frances Shoenely, NH Service-Link Regional Manager
Topic: Applying for Medicaid when you need Nursing Home Care
We understand that the Medicaid application process changes when you need a nursing home. Mary will walk you through what you can expect during the application.

Friday, November 11th
Speaker: To Be Announced
Topic: Veteran’s benefits for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Friday, November 18th
Speaker: Camille Brooks, Hillsbrook Village, Allenstown, NH
Topic: Downsizing and Transitioning
As we get older, we recognize the need to shed some items throughout our homes. Camille is going to teach you tips and tricks on how to downsize, without all of the stress.

Friday, November 25th
Speaker: No program – Happy Thanksgiving!
Topic: No Program – Happy Thanksgiving!

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