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

Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Brain Aging: What’s New in 2024?

June 2024 Conversations With Caregivers

Dr. Forester will discuss the prevalence, impact, diagnosis, and current treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. He will also review current research on disease modifying therapies for Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, he will share strategies to promote healthy brain aging. 

Brent P. Forester, MD, MSc. is the Dr. Frances S. Arkin Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, Psychiatrist in Chief and Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center and Director of Behavioral Health for Tufts Medicine. He spent a quarter of a century of his professional career at McLean Hospital and Mass General Brigham where he served as the Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Senior Medical Director for Value Based Care Solutions in the Population Health Management department at Mass General Brigham. Dr. Forester is an expert in geriatric psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of older adults with depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral complications of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Dr. Forester’s research focuses on novel treatment approaches to manage the disabling behavioral complications of dementia, such as agitation and aggression. Dr. Forester’s work also includes the implementation and evaluation of collaborative care models for comprehensive dementia care within primary care medical settings.  

Join us Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 5:30 – 7:00pm EST via Zoom.

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Brent Forester, MD, MSc

 

Supported by the Center for Women, Wellness & Wealth, Inspired by Berkshire Bank; the Bresky Foundation and the Satter Foundation.

Health and Resiliency

Join Us for Seated Zumba-Gold

July 2024 Health and Resiliency

You may have heard of Zumba, the world-wide, dance-fitness phenomenon- but have you heard of Seated Zumba-Gold? It was designed with older people in mind and is perfect for anyone who wants to burn calories, boost one’s mood, and strengthen their muscles, all while enjoying a bit of dance moves in their own chair.

Ketty Rosenfeld has been teaching Zumba Fitness since 2010. Ketty earned a BA in Elementary & Early Education from American University and a Master’s of Education in Bilingual and International Education from Boston University. She believes fitness provides us with the ability to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle. “The beauty is you get to choose your own fitness adventure – the options are endless. As a passionate Fitness Instructor, my role is to motivate, enable and make each of my classes a fun and rewarding experience. I love to see participants achieve their personal health and fitness goals, in a caring, fun, and dynamic class.”

Join us Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at 5:30 – 6:30pm EST.

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Ketty Rosenfeld, Zumba Teacher 

 

 

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