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
Braintree – Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 PM
– 7:00 PM at Sunrise Senior Living of Braintree, 618 Granite
Street, Braintree, MA
Norwell – Meets the second Wednesday of the month from 10:30
AM – 12:00 PM at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive,
Plymouth – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from
10:30AM – 12:00 PM at NVNA and Hospice in Pinehills, One Village Green North, Suite 123, Plymouth, MA
Braintree and Norwell Facilitator: Joan Wright, CDP, 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 AM to 11:00 AM 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 to 12:30 p.m. 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.
- Breast Cancer Support Group – Barbara Ellis, LICSW email@example.com
- Melanoma Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oncology Support Group – Holly Cristofaro, LICSW HCristofaro@nvna.org
- Oncology Men’s Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW email@example.com
Upcoming Support Groups
Bereavement Support Groups
- Spouse/Partner Loss
- Adults Grieving the Loss of a Parent
- 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)
Bereavement Support Group Facilitator – Karen Gore, 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.
Wellness – Tai Chi and Yoga Classes
As part of our mission to support community wellness, we offer free tai chi and yoga classes to people facing serious illness and their caregivers. We also offer discounted exercise and yoga classes for our staff.
Tai Chi and Yoga Information: Amy Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-diabetes Nutrition Support Group
This group is for adults who might be at risk for Type 2 diabetes. This group will cover a variety of topics including healthy eating, how to control blood glucose, obtaining a healthy body weight, ways to increase physical activity, and everything in-between. Meg Estoff RD, MPH will focus on the small changes that can make a big impact. Each 90-minute group will introduce a new topic, followed by group discussions to support change, while improving overall health and quality of life. The group will meet every first and third Monday at 9:30AM at 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell. Facilitator: Meg Estoff at MEstoff@nvna.org
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Support Group
This support group is designed for individuals diagnosed with, or at risk for CVD, and covers all topics including nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle modification, stress management, and medication management. Each 90-minute group will combine education and group discussion with the goal of decreasing risk and improving health and quality of life. Group This group meets every second and fourth Monday at 9:30AM . Facilitator Meg Estoff RD, MPH at MEstoff@nvna.org.
Community Health Screenings
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Wellness Clinic
View the calendar or contact email@example.com for more information.
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