Transforming Memory Care

Through education, collaboration, and support

After my husband’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the DCC support group helped me cope with my new responsibilities and accept the uncertainty of what’s to come."

-Janet Hookailo, care partner

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

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a complex and sometimes unclear journey for patients and caregivers. During this session, we will talk about the journey of receiving a diagnosis of dementia and what to think about next.  We will talk about the kind of health behaviors and planning that can ease the difficulty and uncertainty of a dementia diagnosis. We will also focus on the evolving roles and needs of caregivers of persons with dementia.

Matthew Russell, MD, MSc is the Clinical Director of Geriatric Medicine and Medical Director of the Ambulatory Geriatric Medicine initiatives. Dr. Russell is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and has practiced across the spectrum of healthcare delivery in both fields, including home and office-based practices, and skilled nursing facility and acute hospital care.

Join us Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 5:30pm

via Zoom.

Health and Resiliency

Rest. Something many of us could use more of. Especially caregivers. Give yourself one hour to learn a practice that can help you develop skills for deep relaxation, and restoration.  Join movement educator, Kristy Harvey, through a guided meditation practice. Yoga Nidra is accessible to anyone and everyone who wants to feel relaxed and more rested. This results in increased attention span, improved focus and concentration, and all the health benefits associated with a lifestyle with less stress.

Kristy Harvey has over 16 years of experience as a movement educator in the modalities of yoga, therapeutic dance, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and meditation. She is an E-RYT500 Yoga Teacher and Trainer, Thai Yoga Bodywork Trainer, and owner of Wise Owl School of Yoga. She offers Yoga Teacher Trainings, Continuing Education courses, and Personal Development Programs.

Join us February 7, 2023 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm ET.

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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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