Glenmeadow Announces Virtual Reopening of Caregivers Support Group and Memory Café

LONGMEADOW — Glenmeadow’s monthly Caregivers Support Group and Memory Café, two programs for people living with dementia and their caregivers, will relaunch on Zoom in August.

“We are dedicated to serving the needs of people living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia and the people who love and care for them, and we have created a way to continue to provide resources during the pandemic,” Glenmeadow President and CEO Anne Thomas said. “Using Zoom, we can regroup with those who were taking part before COVID-19 and also offer the program to people who might have found it difficult to get to us in the past, for various reasons.”

Glenmeadow’s Caregivers Support Group, for both professionals and family members who are assisting someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, offers information and support. It is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about dementia and to understand their individual feelings about the life changes associated with it.

The group is open to the public; Zoom meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at noon and the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Glenmeadow’s Memory Café will also resume virtually on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Individuals with early to moderate Alzheimer’s and their care partners, and those who may be concerned about their memory, are invited to take part. An organized activity — such as words games, trivia, and sing-alongs — will be offered.

“Being active physically, socially, and mentally is good for the brain and can combat isolation for both the care partner and the person living with dementia.” Thomas said.

Both programs are free, but reservations are required so that Glenmeadow staff can e-mail an invitation to connect on Zoom. Contact Laura Lavoie at llavoie@glenmeadow.org, (413) 355-5905, or (800) 633-6313.

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