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The Western Massachusetts Pioneer in Senior Living

Holyoke Becomes a Dementia Friendly Community

The Loomis Communities in partnership with the Holyoke Council on Aging and Senior Center and other area agencies is announcing a program to make Holyoke a Dementia Friendly Community. Such a community includes residents who are informed, safe and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families and provides supportive options for improved quality of life. Components of the program include:

  • Support programs for individuals living with dementia and their family members.
  • Educational programs for first responders, families, businesses and the public on the causes of dementia and communication tips for interacting with an individual living with dementia.
  • A website and published materials with a list of area agencies and organizations that provide support and resources to individuals and their families Dementia Friendly Communities.

Upcoming Educational and Support Programs

Tips on Dementia Friendly Communication

Tuesday, December 6, 6:30 pm –St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 34 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke, MA. People living with dementia, and their caregivers, often become isolated from their friends, neighbors and the community. A greater public awareness of their struggle will help assure that they are connected, supported and treated with respect and dignity. Presented by Rachel Tierney, PhD, RN, Talk is free and open to the public.

Caregivers Guide to Dementia

Thursday, December 8, 4:00-5:30 pm - Holyoke Medical Center Auxiliary Auditorium.Caring techniques for someone with dementia including communication and strategies for understanding emotions. Presented by Christine Waldie, MSN, RN and Certified Dementia, Please RSVP to Helen 413-534-2533 by November 30, free and open to the public.

Managing the Holidays When Life Changes Occur

Tuesday December 6, 1:30 pm – Loomis Village, 20 Bayon Drive, South Hadley

Tuesday, December 13, 12:30-1:30 pm - Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street, Holyoke. Anticipating the holidays can be exciting and energizing - but it can also be stressful, particularly when life changes occur. Come to hear and share some ideas for managing the holidays when these changes happen. Presented by Rachel Tierney, PhD, RN, free and open to the public.

Memory Café

Monday, January 9, 12:30-2:00 pm

The Paper City Memory Cafe is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. Café is free and open to the public and will be held the second Monday of each month at the Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street, Holyoke.

Caregiver Support Groups

Loomis House, 298 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke December 7, 4-5 pm. Managing the Holidays with a Family Member Living with Dementia with Sharon Connor, MSW, Choices Elder Support. Support group is held the first Wednesday of each month, 4-5 pm. Learn More...

ALSO an evening support group is held on the third Tuesday of each month at Loomis House, 6-7:30 pm, drop-ins welcome at both groups. For more information call Sandy at 413-538-7551.

Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, 110 Cherry Street, Holyoke Third Tuesdays of the month, 1-2 pm, Monthly support group for family members of Veterans with dementia residing in the Soldiers’ Home.

The project is sponsored by PeoplesBank, Peoples Bank, O’Connell Care at Home O'Connell Care at Home and The Loomis Communities.