*****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.

Arthritis Exercises 

During this difficult time, we want to help our neighbors continue to exercise.

Please check out two new videos by our Physical Therapy Assistant Michelle Banks.

Seated Arthritis Exercises 

Standing Arthritis Exercises 

Support Groups

As the seasons begin to change, our thoughts naturally turn to winter and the holidays. Many people who are grieving feel a sense of dread around this time of year. Not only can the holidays be emotionally challenging while grieving, but the days are also shorter and so it is harder to get outside and be active, especially due to this year’s pandemic. This is a difficult time for many. The NVNA and Hospice Bereavement department recognizes this and will be offering a few programs that might be helpful.

NEW PROGRAM: Planning for the Holidays When Grieving

Offered on 11/5 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. via Zoom (due to COVID-19)

This is an educational event in which the facilitator will outline ways to plan for difficult times such as holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays. We will then discuss ways each family might plan for the upcoming holidays themselves. Registration is required.

Please contact kgore@nvna.org for information and registration. Space is limited.

Group Facilitator – Karen Gore, LICSW, Bereavement Coordinator and Counselor kgore@nvna.org


NEW PROGRAM: Coping Skills for Grief and Loss During the Pandemic

Offered on 9/22 via Zoom (due to COVID-19)

This workshop will provide stress reduction exercises that we hope will help you process the grief and loss you may feel during the pandemic. We will share only a little bit about your loss and grief during this workshop, with the main focus being on learning different ways to cope and process some of what you have been experiencing. Participants can expect to be guided through breathing and grounding exercises followed by a moment of silence and encouraged journaling.

Some but not all participants not have had the opportunity to say “goodbye” due to restrictions at the height of the pandemic. Some may have had a loss before the pandemic but are finding coping harder as the circumstances compound their grief. Each individual’s circumstances are unique, and we will allow for that uniqueness while also recognizing the universal experience we are all going through. We hope that those who complete this workshop will be able to continue to use exercises they learned to continue into the next phase of their grief.

Please contact kgore@nvna.org for information and registration. Space is limited.

Group Facilitators – Karen Gore, LICSW, Bereavement Coordinator and Counselor kgore@nvna.org


Rev. Jaqueline Dyer, PhD, LICSW, Doctorate of Social Work Associate Director at Simmons School of Social Work


For individuals dealing with a specific diagnosis and their caregivers:


Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Groups

Marshfield – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Village at Proprietor’s Green, 10 Village Green Way, Marshfield, MA

Norwell – Presently, this group is only meeting virtually through Zoom every other Thursday afternoon. Please contact facilitator Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT via email at jwright@nvna.org if you would like to  join the virtual group.

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

Marshfield and Norwell Facilitator: Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT jwright@nvna.org

Plymouth Facilitator: Meaghan Groves, CDP, mgroves@nvna.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 espaulding@nvna.org


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 via Zoom every other Thursday afternoon; please contact facilitator Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT for information by emailing jwright@nvna.org.

Adult children can be strong advocates for aging parents.

Brain Aneurysm group

Cancer Support Groups

All offered at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA. 

**Please contact the facilitator of the group directly regarding information prior to attending**

Care Resources and Planning Program Flyer

Bereavement Support Groups

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 kgore@nvna.org to register.

Bereavement Support Group Facilitator – Karen Gore, LICSW  KGore@nvna.org

Wall of Remembrance

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 kgore@nvna.org to for more information.

praying hands candle

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 asmith@nvna.org

Teacher: Linda Menard, y4c trained

tai chi

Specialty Programs

Community Health Screenings

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Sugar
  • Wellness Clinic

View the calendar or contact tkelleher@nvna.org 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

Continuing Education

Our team believes in lifelong learning. We extend that knowledge to our community by offering classes. For more information please contact Anne-Marie Powers at apowers@nvna.org

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