With our roots firmly planted in the community for nearly 100 years, NVNA and Hospice has always offered education and support to the public, either in anticipation of a need (e.g. Emergency Preparedness Education) or in response to a community need.
Our programs are offered to neighbors in the South Shore communities we serve, from Milton to Plymouth, and include blood pressure clinics, support groups, disease-specific education, health screenings, flu shot clinics, and informational forums.
Please contact group facilitators directly.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Program – taught by a clinician.
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls Program – evidenced-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
Legacy Chat, our offshoot of the national oral history project, StoryCorps Legacy, is offered to our patients, families, and caregivers by our volunteers. For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Tammaro email@example.com
Parkinson’s Support Group
Caregivers Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Groups
*For Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers only
Braintree – Meets the second Thursday of the month from 1:00 PM – 2:00 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, Norwell, MA
Plymouth – Meets the third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at NVNA and Hospice in Pinehills, One Village Green North, Suite 123, Plymouth, MA
For individuals dealing with a specific diagnosis and their caregivers:
Diabetes Support Group
Meets the first Monday of the month from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at NVNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, September – May. Open to all South Shore residents, the group includes both people with diabetes and caregiver. We offer support, information and networking opportunities. Each month meeting features a different topic to help people with diabetes manage their condition.
Diabetes Group Leader – Claire Kennedy, RD CKennedy@nvna.org
Brain Aneurysm Support Group
Meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm 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
- Caregivers (Norwell) – Beth Spaulding, LICSW firstname.lastname@example.org
- Melanoma Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW email@example.com
- Oncology Support Group – Holly Cristofaro, LICSW HCristofaro@nvna.org
- Oncology Men’s Support Group – Frank McCaffrey, LICSW firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Meg Estoff, RD, MPH MEstoff@nvna.org