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LifePath to offer free support groups in the West County and the North Quabbin

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream,” said C.S. Lewis.

Inspired by this message, this support group for people age 60 and over offers folks a chance to share their experiences of aging. The “Never Too Old” support group will meet on Tuesdays, from November 6 to November 27, 2018, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at The Senior Center, 7 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, Mass. Space is limited to a maximum of 10 people. Please call Leanne Dowd to reserve a space at 413-625-2502 or email her.

The “Never Too Old” support group will provide participants with the opportunity to have open discussion on issues important to older adults, such as:
  • Battling loneliness
  • Coping with changing abilities
  • Improving the experience of aging
  • Learning skills to improve the quality of life

Facilitator Jenny Cox, LICSW, is clinical director of a specialty program for older adults and a clinician in private practice.

THIS GROUP HAS BEEN CANCELLED Caregiver Support Group: Supporting those who care for people with chronic illness

Also starting in November is the “Caregiver Support Group: Supporting those who care for people with chronic illness.” This is an opportunity for caregivers to support one another and build community by sharing their stories and experiences. The support group will take place on Fridays, November 2 to December 14, 2018, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Orange Senior Center, 135 E. Main Street, Suite C, Orange, Mass. There will be no session on November 23 following the Thanksgiving holiday. Space is limited. 

Eileen Naughton, LICSW, Counselor with River Valley Counseling Services, will facilitate the discussions. Topics include:
Building community:

You are not alone! We’re in this together.

Share your story and dreams:
  • How do you manage the role of caregiving?
  • What do you wish you knew beforehand?
  • What advice/information would have been helpful?
Self-care & life-balance support:
  • Routine
  • Exercise & nutrition
  • Social support & spirituality
  • Fun & humor
  • Hobbies & interests
Creating a respite care plan:
  • How can we have a much-needed break?
  • Who is willing or wanting to help?
  • How can we help each other?
  • What now/next?

These support groups are sponsored by LifePath with support from the Massachusetts Council on Aging; under a service incentive grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.