Ask the Experts: Community Resources

Quite often, people are unaware that there are resources available to help make life a little easier for seniors – and that help is right in their own community. Your Elder Experts offers a comprehensive network of services including Home Health and Home Care, Geriatric Care Management, Mental Health, specialty programs for seniors with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, and spiritual supports.

My mother is becoming increasingly isolated. What community resources are available to help her?

It is important to understand why an aging parent is isolated. Is it because she doesn’t have transportation? Is she physically limited? Is she experiencing depression?

Many towns have senior centers that offer both transportation to the center and daily scheduled activities including lunch. The JCC in your area may also have daily or weekly programming for elders. If your mother is in need of support during the day and she has either physical or cognitive losses, then an adult day program might be appropriate for her. And, if you feel that your mother may be having difficulty coping with losses and other stressors in life, helping her find a geriatric social worker for an evaluation and possible ongoing counseling may be helpful.

My husband’s Alzheimer’s is too much for me to manage on my own. Where can I get help?

Most people find caring for someone with dementia to be more than a one person job. There are many ways you can get support in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

  • Caregiver support groups offer a compassionate environment in which to share your struggles, learn different ways of coping, and gather resources available in your community. The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter (311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472) keeps lists of support groups and provides a helpful starting point. They can be reached at or 617-868-6718.
  • Respite care can come in different forms. If the caregiver would benefit from scheduled time off every day or week, home care services can be arranged. If the caregiver would benefit from a much-needed vacation, live-in home care or a short stay in a memory impairment unit of an assisted living facility is also a possibility. Often, having a consultation with a Geriatric Care Manager you’re your Elder Experts can help sort out the needs of both the person with dementia and the caregiver in order to make current and future senior care plans.
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