Transforming Memory Care

Through education, collaboration, and support

"I can’t thank you enough for providing us with support and guidance, especially now during COVID when caregivers are feeling even more isolated. We appreciate all the Caregiver Support Program has done for us during this journey."

-Kathy

About the Dementia Care Collaborative

The Dementia Care Collaborative was created to educate and support patients, caregivers, healthcare providers, and the community. Dedicated team members offer opportunities for learning and connecting across the hospital and into the community at large. We are here to teach new ways of understanding dementia, how to best communicate and partner with those with dementia and offer support and guidance for caregivers to feel empowered to foster their own wellbeing and resilience.

The Dementia Care Collaborative is part of the MGH Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine and is an umbrella for the Dementia Caregiver Support Program and the Memory Care Program.

The Dementia Care Collaborative has been funded by the generosity of supporting individuals and foundations including the Jack Satter Foundation and The Bresky Foundation since its inception in 2017. Please give today to support our mission to transform memory care.

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Conversations With Caregivers

We offer a monthly, innovative educational forum to provide the community with a wealth of resources around dementia and caregiving. Expert leaders present accessible, thought provoking and pragmatic programs across a variety of disciplines. Join us each month to take part in our most current Conversation. There is always ample time for questions and answers at the end of each experience, so you have an opportunity to share in the dialogue.

How does one learn to be a caregiver? How does one provide the best support to the person living with dementia day to day? Fortunately there are years of research in this area to provide answers. This Conversation will provide an overview of the most fundamental pieces of information for caregivers, primarily focusing on communication, safety, and more challenging symptoms of dementia, with lots of time left for questions and answers. We will also offer resources for next steps in the journey.

Susan Rowlett, LICSW is the Program Director for the MGH Dementia Care Collaborative. She serves as Social Work Clinician for the Caregiver Support Program in Geriatric Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine Consultation Service. She led the Alzheimer’s Association’s establishment of Care Consultation services for families beginning in 2005, has written multiple curricula on dementia and caregiving, and has worked for 14 years specifically focused on helping those living with dementia and their caregivers to have the best possible life despite the diagnosis. Susan received her master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College.

Join us the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm via Zoom.

Latest News

Click here for information on the latest news about the Dementia Care Collaborative, dementia care at Mass General Hospital,
advances in research, health care policy, and tips for living well with dementia.

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