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Support groups can be a valuable tool for coping with the stresses and emotional strain that often accompany caring for a loved one.

There are numerous support groups that meet throughout the MetroWest region, ranging from groups dealing with general caregiving issues to others designed for people caring for loved ones suffering from specific ailments and illnesses.

The all-encompassing demands that some caregivers face can make getting to a support group meeting difficult. There are alternatives, with some organizations offering support groups by phone and many discussion forums and message boards available online. 

Note: Scheduling of support groups is subject to change. Please call to confirm time, location and space availability before attending.

Caregiver Support Groups:

Ashland Senior Center New Caregiver Support Group
Location:
162 West Union Street
Ashland, MA
Time: Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 1 p.m.
Contact: Susan Wells, 508-881-0140 x7945

Atria Draper Place
Location:
25 Hopedale Street
Hopedale, MA 01747
Time:
Second Monday of the month, 1-2 p.m.
Contact:
For more information, call Atria Draper Place at 508-482-5995

Callahan Center
Location: 535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Fourth Wednesday of the month, 1 p.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-532-5980

Franklin Senior Center
Location: 10 Daniel McCahill Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Time: Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 4 p.m.
Contact: For more information, call the Senior Center at 508-520-4945.
Note: Respite care for a loved one during the meeting is available. Please call ahead to make arrangements for respite.

Goddard House Adult Children Caregivers Group
Location: 165 Chestnut Street
Brookline, MA
Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 7- 8 p.m.
Facilitated by Barbara Moscowitz, MSW
Contact: Emily Judd, 617-731-8500 x105 

LGBT Caregiver Group
For lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are providing care for a loved one
Location: Jamaica Plain
Time: First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Contact: Joanne Peskowitz, LICSW, 617-271-4182

Mansfield Adult Day Health Center Caregivers Support Group
Location:
300 Branch Street
Mansfield, MA
Time: Fourth Thursday of each month, 10-11:15 a.m.
Contact: 508-339-2119

Medfield Council on Aging

Location: One Ice House Road
Medfield, MA 02052
Time: Last Thursday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: Cheryl Lavallee, 508-359-3665

Norfolk Adult Day Health Center Caregivers Support Group
Location: 595 Pleasant Street
Norwood, MA
Time: Last Tuesday of each month, 10-11 a.m.
Contact: 781-769-4495

Whitney Place at Natick
Location: 3 Vision Drive, Route 9 West
Natick, MA
Time: Fourth Monday of the month 6-7:30 p.m.
Contact: Diane Tonelli, 508-242-3732

Whitney Place at Natick
Location: 3 Vision Drive, Route 9 West
Natick, MA
Time: Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact: Diane Tonelli, 508-242-3732

Whitney Place at Westborough
Location: 5 Lyman Street
Westborough, MA
Time: First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.
Contact: Diane Tonelli, 508-556-6234 x3543

Whitney Place at Westborough
Location: 5 Lyman Street
Westborough, MA
Time: Second and fourth Thursday of the month, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact:  Diane Tonelli, 508-556-6234 x3543

Alzheimer and Dementia Caregiver Groups:

Community VNA Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group
Location:
10 Emory Street
Attleboro, MA
Time: First Tuesday of month, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Contact: 800-220-0110 x1554

Constance Rose House Dementia Support Group
Location:
8 Wampum Path
Wayland, MA 01778
Time: Second Thursday of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Contact: Kara Harvey, 508-545-8001 (support group is free to attend, but RSVPs are suggested)

Cornerstone Assisted Living
Location: 11 Birch Street
Milford, MA 01757
Time: Second Thursday of month, 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Ronnie Brown, 508-473-0035

Golden Pond Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group
Location:
Ice House Pub Lounge in Golden Pond Assisted Living Lodge
50 West Main Street
Hopkinton, MA 01748
Time: Third Thursday of month, 5-6 p.m.
Contact: Liz Kemp, LCSW, 508-435-1250, x29

Heritage Assisted Living
Location: 747 Water Street
Framingham, MA
Time: First Thursday of the month, 1-2 p.m.
Contact: Judy Sabol, 508-788-6050 x120

Home Instead at Natick
Location:
209 West Central Street
Natick, MA
Time: Second Monday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: Felicia Cardone, 888-377-4446 or 508-393-8338

Home Instead at Northborough
Location:
386 West Main Street
Northborough, MA
Time: Third Monday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: Felicia Cardone, 888-377-4446 or 508-393-8338

Memory Care Support Group
Location: 
The Commons in Lincoln
1 Harvest Circle

Lincoln, MA 01773
Time: Fourth Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Contact: Holly Dineen at 1-877-920-5381 or hdineen@benchmarkquality.com 

Pleasantries Adult Day Services
Location: 195 Reservoir Street
Marlborough, MA
Time: Second Monday of the month, 6-8 p.m.
Contact: Tammy Pozerycki, 508-481-0809

The Residence at Valley Farm
Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiving Support Group
Address:
369 Pond Street
Ashland, MA 01721
Time: Fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Contact: Call 508-532-3197 to RSVP

Salmon VNA and Hospice
Location: 37 Birch Street
Milford, MA 01757
Time: First and Third Tuesday of month, 1-2:30 p.m.
Contact: Nancy Durkin, MSSW, LICSW, 508-473-0862 x1847

St. Patrick’s Manor
Location: 863 Central Street
Framingham, MA
Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m.
Contact: Joan Murphy, 508-879-8000 

Alzheimer Association Support Groups

The Massachusetts and New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association also provides a list and regional map of support groups in the area on its website.

Note: Looking for information about Memory Cafes? Those listings are now on their own page here.

Early to Mid Stage Dementia and Care Partner Support Groups:

Whitney Place at Westborough
Location: 5 Lyman Street
Westborough, MA
Time: Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact: Diane Tonelli, 508-556-6234 x3543

Brain Injury Support Groups:

Mild Brain Injury Survivors Support Group
Saint Andrews Church, Framingham
Location: 3 Maple Street
Framingham, MA
Time: Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact: Barbara Webster, 508-478-7539

Family and Survivors Support Group
Location:
Milford Regional Medical Center
Hill Building, Fourth Floor Conference Room
14 Prospect Street
Milford, MA 01757
Time: Third Thursday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m.
Contact: Denise Simoneau, 508-422-2559 or dsimoneau@milreg.org

Brain Injury Survivor, Family and Caregiver Support Group
Location:
Community Neuroscience Services
33 Lyman Street, Suite 400
Westborough, MA 01581
Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Contact: Meg Lyons, 508-612-9662

Brain Games - Social Recreation Group for Survivors and Family Members
Location:
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
30 Lyman Street, Suite 10
Westborough, MA 01581
Time: Third Wednesday of the month, 1-3 p.m.
Contact: Lori Tomasetti, 1-800-242-0030, x31
Note: If you need assistance, please bring someone with you. Space is limited, please call before attending for the first time.

Creative Minds Craft Group for Survivors and Family Members
Location:
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
30 Lyman Street, Suite 10
Westborough, MA 01581
Time: Second Thursday of the month, 1-3 p.m.
Contact: Tress Ricker, 1-800-242-0030, x13
Note: If you need assistance, please bring someone with you. Space is limited, please call before attending for the first time.

Bereavement Support Groups:

Callahan Center
Location: 535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Mondays at 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-532-5980

Circle of Healing, West River Hospice
Location:
Southborough Senior Center
9 Cordaville Road
Southborough, MA 01772
Time: Mondays, 10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Contact: For more information or to join the group, call 508-229-4453.
Note: This is a six-week program running from July 10 through August 14, 2017. Registration is required to participate.

Community VNA Bereavement Support Group
Location:
10 Emory Street
Attleboro, MA
Time: First Monday of month, 7-8:30 p.m.
Contact: 800-220-0110
Note: Group does not meet in July; Community VNA also offers a six-week Bereavement Support and Grief Education Series. Call for more information, to register or to learn of the schedule of upcoming Grief Education groups

Grief Support Group
Location: Woodville Baptist Church
249 Wood Street
Hopkinton, MA
Time: Fridays, 12-1 p.m.
Contact: For more information or to RSVP, email vinnie@checkyourcompass.org or visit www.meetup.com/MetroWestBostonGriefGroup/

LGBT Bereavement Group
6-8 week group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people who are coping with the loss of a loved one.
Contact: Bob Linscott, 617-477-6610

Milford Regional Medical Center Grief Support Group
Location: Milford Regional Medical Center
14 Prospect Street
Milford, MA 01757
Time: Third Wednesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m.
Contact: Ceceley Chambers, chaplain,  at 508-488-3743
Note: This group is for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one get to cancer. 

Natick Community Senior Center
Drop In Bereavement Support Group

Location: Natick Community Senior Center
117 East Central Street
Natick, MA
Time:
First and third Tuesdays of the month, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact: For more information please call 508-647-6540.

Northborough Senior Center
Location: 119 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532
Time: Second Monday of the month, 10 a.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-393-5035

Salmon VNA and Hospice
Location: 37 Birch Street
Milford, MA 01757
Time: First Monday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m.
Contact: Mary S. Poole, Spiritual Coordinator, 508-234-4769 x3056

Samaritans, Inc. 
Drop In Bereavement Support Group

For those who have lost a loved one to suicide
Location: Lutheran Church of Framingham
720 Edgell Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Time:
 Second and Fourth Wednesday of each month, 7- 8:30 p.m. 

Contact: For more information please call Emily Britt at 617-536-2460, ext. 5230

Samaritans, Inc.
Drop In Bereavement Support Group

For those who have lost a loved one to suicide
Location: Riverside Trauma Center
255 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA
Time:
First and third Monday of each month, 7- 8:30 p.m. 

Contact: For more information please call Emily Britt at 617-536-2460, ext. 5230

Samaritans, Inc. 
Drop In Bereavement Support Group

For those who have lost a loved one to suicide
Location: The Bridge
4 Mann Street
Worcester, MA
Time:
First and third Tuesday of each month, 7- 8:30 p.m. 

Contact: For more information please call Emily Britt at 617-536-2460, ext. 5230

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups:

Callahan Center
Location: 535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m.
Contact: Call Carol Casey, MS at 617-447-5417 for a phone screening  and to learn more about the group

Framingham Family Resource Center
Location:
88 Lincoln Street
Framingham, MA
Time: First and third Tuesday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: Call Robin Joyce at 508-270-1313 or robin_joyce@waysideyouth.org

Sharon Adult Center and Council on Aging
Location:
219 Massapoag Avenue
Sharon, MA
Time: Third Thursday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: For more information and to RSVP, please contact Susan Edinger, LICSW, at 781-784-8000.

YMCA Worcester
Location: 1 Salem Square
Worcester, MA
Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.
Contact: Call 508-756-1545

Caring for a Child with Chronic Illness or Special Needs Support Groups:

Support for Parents and Caregivers of Chronically-Ill and Special Needs Children
Location: Millis Library, Local History Room
961 Main Street
Millis, MA
Time: Last Wednesday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m.
Contact: Contact Shirley Riga at 413-537-7582 or shirley_riga@yahoo.com or visit shirleyriga.com for more information.
Note: Open to all parents and caregivers caring for a child or adult child with a chronic illness or special needs. Snacks will be provided.
 

Cancer Support Groups:

Caring for the Caregiver
Location:
Milford Regional Medical Center,
Second Floor conference room
14 Prospect Street
Milford, MA 01757
Time: First Wednesday of each month, 6-7 p.m.
Contact: Ann Sullivan, LICSW at 508-488-3783
Note: This group is for those who are helping a loved one get through cancer treatment.

Better Breathers Support Groups:

Callahan Center
Location: 535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Second Wednesday of the month, 12-1 p.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-532-5980

Northborough Senior Center
Location: 119 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532
Time: Third Thursday of the month, 2 p.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-393-5035  

Caring for Someone with a Mental Illness Support Groups:

Employment Options
Location: 82 Brigham Street
Marlborough, MA
Time: First and third Tuesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m.
Contact: Susan Leigh, 508-272-9061

Diabetes Support Groups:

Callahan Center
Location: 535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Last Tuesday of the month, 10-11:30 a.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-532-5980

Natick Council on Aging
Location:
117 East Central Street
Natick, MA
Time: Second Tuesday of the month, 10-11 a.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-647-6540 

Northborough Senior Center
Location: 119 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532
Time: Last Tuesday of the month, 1 p.m.
Contact: Call senior center at 508-393-5035

Low Vision Support Groups:

Callahan Center
Location: 535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Third Friday of the month, 1-2 p.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-532-5980

Natick Council on Aging
Location:
117 East Central Street
Natick, MA
Time: Third Friday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m.
Contact: Call Laurie Werle at 800-852-3029

Northborough Senior Center
Location: 119 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532
Time: Second Thursday of the month, 1 p.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-393-5035  

Parkinson’s Disease Support Groups:

Callahan Center
Location: 535 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA
Time: Third Tuesday of the month, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Contact: Call social services at 508-532-5980

Southeastern Mass. Parkinson's Support Group
For people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers
Location: 10 Emory Street
Attleboro, MA
Time: Second Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Contact: 800-220-0110

Hoarding Support Groups:

Buried in Treasures Cluttering Support Workshop
Location:
Sudbury Senior Center
40 Fairbank Road,
Sudbury, MA
Time: Fridays 1 p.m. 
Contact: Please call Debra Galloway for more information at 978-443-3055.

ClearPath Hoarding Task Force
ClearPath offers hoarding support groups in a number of MetroWest locations. Call 508-658-0880, email clearpath@strongcommunity.org or visit www.strongcommunity.org for more information.

This is a partial listing courtesy of CaregivingMetroWest.org. CaregivingMetroWest.org does not license, endorse or recommend any providers. For information call BayPath Elder Services, Inc. at 508-573-7200.

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