*****NOTICE: ALL in-person NVNA SUPPORTS GROUPS CANCELLED out of an abundance of caution. We are still here for you. Some support groups are being held virtually. Please contact the individual group facilitator for details.*************
As part of our charitable mission, NVNA and Hospice offers wellness and public health services to neighbors in our community.
Our South Shore programs include support groups, disease-specific education, blood pressure clinics, health screenings, flu shot clinics, and informational forums.
Please contact group facilitators directly.
For individuals dealing with a specific diagnosis and their caregivers:
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Groups
Milton – Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
at Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA
Norwell – Meets the second Wednesday of the month from 10:30
a.m – 12:00 p.m at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive,
Plymouth – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at NVNA and Hospice in Pinehills, One Village Green North, Suite 123, Plymouth, MA
Milton and Norwell Facilitator: Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT email@example.com
Plymouth Facilitator: Meaghan Groves, CDP, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caregivers – Chronic or Life-Limiting Diagnosis
Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell
Group Facilitator – Beth Spaulding, LICSW email@example.com
Diabetes Support Group
The Diabetes Support Group meets the first Monday of the month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell. Open to all South Shore residents, the group includes both people with diabetes and caregivers.
Diabetes Group Leaders – Claire Kennedy, RD CKennedy@nvna.org and Virginia Lavin, RN.
Brain Aneurysm Support Group
Meets the second Wednesday of the month (no meeting in July and August) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA. Open free to South Shore residents, the group provides patients, survivors and family members with educational tools and emotional support. The goal of support group meetings is to help alleviate fears and concerns through education and group discussions. Discussion topics include the origin of brain aneurysms and AVMs, treatment and prognosis, recovery, and coping with the “new” you. Trained clinicians facilitate the group.
Brain Aneurysm Group Facilitator – Bernadette Ward, PT, CDP BWard@nvna.org
Parkinson’s Support Group
We run our Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group in partnership with 110 Fitness. This support group is open to the entire Parkinson’s community. If you know someone who is a caregiver and they aren’t involved with 110 Fitness, please invite them and let them know there’s a place waiting for them with open arms.
Group meets the third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Starting January 2020, this group will meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m to 12 noon) at 110 Fitness, 200 Weymouth Street, Rockland. Facilitated by Joan Wright, CDP. For more information, please call Joan Wright at (781) 659-2342 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer Support Groups
All offered at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA.
- Melanoma Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW email@example.com
- Oncology Support Group – Beth Spaulding, LICSW firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oncology Men’s Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW email@example.com
**Please contact the facilitator of the group directly regarding information prior to attending**
Bereavement Support Groups
- Spouse/Partner Loss
- Adults Grieving the Loss of an Adult Child (18+)
- General Adult Lost
Our groups are open to all South Shore residents who have suffered a loss within the past year. (Not limited to families of NVNA and Hospice patients)
All Bereavement Support Groups REQUIRE REGISTRATION. Please contact Karen Gore at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Bereavement Support Group Facilitator – Karen Gore, LICSW KGore@nvna.org
For individuals coping with a loss
Bereavement Coordinator – We are here to support our neighbors facing grief. Our bereavement coordinator can meet with you for in-person counseling and suggest a group that best meets your individual needs. We also host an annual remembrance ceremony for our staff and bereaved families to celebrate loved ones.
All Bereavement services REQUIRE ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Please contact Karen Gore, LICSW at email@example.com to for more information.
Wellness – Tai Chi & Yoga Classes
As part of our mission to support community wellness, we offer free tai chi classes & yoga to people facing serious illness, survivors and their caregivers.
Yoga 4 Cancer (y4c) starts Thursday, September 19, 2019. The class will meet every Thursday at 11:00am at 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell on the first floor. This class is free to all cancer patients and survivors.
To sign up or request more information, please contact Amy Smith at 781-659-2342 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher: Linda Menard, y4c trained
Community Health Screenings
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Wellness Clinic
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Program
An evidence-based program taught by certified clinicians and professionals designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Offered weekly over an eight (8) week period; designed to benefit community-dwelling older adults who:
- Are concerned about falls
- Have sustained falls in the past
- Restrict activities because of concerns about falling
- Are interested in improving flexibility, balance, and strength
- Are age 60 or older, ambulatory and able to problem solve