To mark November as National Family Caregiver Month these five local organizations will be recognized for their work in supporting Family Caregivers: Please join us to honor family caregivers and programs that support them
November 2, Massachusetts State House, Nurses Hall 1:30
Andover COA Memory Cafe; : A memory café is a welcoming place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends. Memory cafés meet at a variety of places including coffeehouses, museums, or community organizations. Each memory café is different. Some cafés invite guest artists, some offer education about memory changes, and some are just for relaxing and chatting. But all cafés share one goal: to help guests feel comfortable and to know that they are not alone. Cafés are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to forget about limitations and instead focus on strengths, to enjoy other’s company, and to explore something new.
Autism Eats provides autism-friendly non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges. Dinner parties are held in private rooms of restaurants. Food is served buffet or family style so there is no waiting. Music and lighting are adjusted to accommodate those with sensory sensitivity. These are family dinners and all attending have a loved one on the spectrum so there is no need to apologize, explain or feel uncomfortable. It is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a stress-free family night out so come join us!Visit www.AutismEats.org to join the mailing list and register for upcoming dinners
Chelmsford Companion Respite Care:
This cost-effective program (for local area residents) allows the caregiver much needed personal time for themselves, out of the house, getting a break, while the Client receives supervision through activities, a light meal (if needed) and companionship. The program is managed by a Companion Coordinator with an experienced staff of Companions available to meet the needs of each Client. This program continues to see increased growth as the demand for affordable and compassionate at home care increases. The Chelmsford Senior Center is proud to support the Companion/Respite program that plays a valuable role in the lives of many of our neighbors. Betty Chaput has been the Program Coordinator for the past 3 years,but Chelmsford proudly boasts a long history of Respite-Driven programs for the past 37 years.
Chelmsford COA Programs
Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, has been serving the needs of the increasing number of grandparent caregivers in the Commonwealth since 2009. Their webpage at www.massgrg.com provides up-to-date accurate information grandparents can rely on. The Commission continues to assist in the development of support groups for grandparents and other kin caregivers throughout state. Advocacy for governmental programs to assist grandparent is a major and continuing responsibility.
Hockomock Area YMCA’s MS Wellness Program: The Hockomock Area YMCA has developed the Prescription for a Healthy Lifestyle (PHL) Initiative to raise awareness, change behavior, and develop healthy lifestyles among those most at-risk for, or diagnosed with, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer and other chronic diseases. By working with individuals and families, organizations and communities, the Hockomock Area YMCA’s health innovation initiative helps people live well, reduce their risk for chronic disease, and reclaim their health when they’ve been affected by one. This supportive 12-week, small group physical activity programs are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals. These sessions are provided at no charge, and include a complimentary family membership while enrolled in one of the initiatives, with a goal of creating healthy habits for the entire family. www.hockymca.org