St. Joseph Hospital Senior Resource Center

The mission of the St. Joseph Hospital Senior Resource Center is to provide essential support to patients recently diagnosed with dementia, family members of those recently diagnosed with dementia, 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 dementia or early memory disorders.

Caregivers’ Support Group
This group is for anyone in the community caring for someone at any stage of dementia 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 dementia and other memory disorders. Experts presenting come from Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

  • 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 dementia 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 dementia 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 dementia 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 St. Joseph Hospital Senior Senior 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:

Michele Canto, Director of Community Ministries

Phone: (603) 595-3144


Upcoming Speaking Series

All speaking series are held from 10am to 12pm.

  • May 5th – Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia with Melissa Grenier, MSW, of MA/NH Alzheimer’s Association
  • May 12th – Tips on how to combine health and balance with Anna Wilkinson, Dietitian, and Melissa Grenier, MSW, of MA/NH Alzheimer’s Association
  • May 19th – Pro-active brain health with Sarah Turcotte, Community Liaison from Bridges by Epoch

Additional Information

Having been with St. Joseph Hospital since 2001, Michele holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services (CAVS) through The Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP).

Michele oversees many programs across St. Joseph Hospital, including: the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center at the Parish Nurse Center for Wellness, Volunteer Services, Project SEARCH, the Grey Nuns Thrift Shop, St. Joseph Hospital’s Gift Shop, the Bereavement Program, and Arts in the Atrium.

To contact Michele, call (603) 595-3144, or email her at

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