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Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be a difficult physical, emotional and mental challenge. Care giving can go on for years and requires special understanding, patience and skills. A new Alzheimer's and Dementia Educational Support Group is specifically designed for people caring for someone with memory impairment. The group provides an opportunity for caregivers affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia to share their experiences and receive information, guidance and support regarding care planning strategies.  The group meets at the Family Resource Center, 45 Rock Street, on the first and third Friday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The group is led by Licensed Social Worker Alan Johnson of Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services that offers a wide array of services for those living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, their caregivers, and the healthcare professionals and community agencies that support them. Click here for a two-minute video of the start of the meeting. For more information, contact Mr. Johnson at 508-775-5656.

(Above photos)  Licensed Social Worker Alan Johnson of Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services talks with some early arrivers for the group that meets twice a week at the Family Resource Center, 45 Rock Street. The group typically has about a dozen members, both men and women who are caregivers for someone with dementia.

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