Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support
Provides information and support to individuals and families confronting changes and challenges brought on by dementia. We care for the whole person by offering creative outlets and social opportunities that give life meaning and joy.
The number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders is growing rapidly. JF&CS both supports individuals and families who are directly affected by dementia, and collaborates with other organizations to reduce stigma and promote “dementia competence” at a community level. The Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support program works closely with other JF&CS services, enabling family members to find what they need at different stages of the disease.
JF&CS, with volunteers from the Waltham Student Group of Brandeis University, hosts the first intergenerational Memory Café in Massachusetts. The Café, open monthly, offers a relaxed social gathering and a fun, creative experience led by a guest artist.
By bringing together people of all ages, including those with and without dementia, the Café provides a respite from focusing on illness and disability. The creative arts use capacities that tend to be spared by dementia-causing diseases. This gives people with dementia an opportunity to be challenged and to succeed. Since the arts are at the heart of what makes us human, group art experiences spark a sense of connectedness among participants and can help reinvigorate the relationship between people with dementia and their care partners.
Student volunteers from Brandeis join Café guests each month. In addition to being a meaningful volunteer opportunity, students learn about Alzheimer’s and related disorders first hand and bring this knowledge back to their peers and the greater community. By training and involving young people, the Café addresses the broader goal of reducing stigma around dementia at a community level.
JF&CS collaborates with other organizations to make Memory Cafés more widely available in our region. View the directory of Memory Cafés in Greater Boston.
Balancing Act Support and Education Group
The Balancing Act Support and Education group for adult children of parents with dementia meets monthly at JF&CS Headquarters to offer support, wisdom, information, and encouragement. A different topic is discussed each month. Topics may include navigating the changes in the parent/child relationship, collaborating with siblings and other family members, tools and support for making critical decisions, and balancing caring for your parent with your work life and other caregiving commitments. These meetings are facilitated by JF&CS social workers with expertise in dementia care.
Information, Referrals, and Consultation
JF&CS experts who understand dementia provide information, reliable referrals, and consultations to help with a wide variety of issues including:
- Planning for the future with chronic disease
- Maintaining independence in the community
- Finding caregiver support
- Facilitating home safety
- Maintaining mobility and community engagement
For more information, call 781-647-JFCS (5327) or email your questions via our contact us