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

Worries about Memory? Normal again and memory; Strategies for life changes now.

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH
Kenneth L. Minaker Endowed Chair in Geriatrics & Director of Research-Division PCGM

As we age, many of us will experience subtle changes in our memory and thinking. For many, these changes will not have any impact on function or effectiveness. But for all, they can be a reminder of behaviors and lifestyles we can adopt now that can reduce our risk for future challenges. We’ll review normal changes in aging and what may warrant further evaluation and talk about life changes we can make now that will improve our quality of life.

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, is the Kenneth L. Minaker Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Director of Research for the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital )MGH). She is a board- certified geriatrician, palliative care physician and health serves researcher who conducts research focused on optimizing quality of lifee for those with chronic serious illness.

Join us Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 5:30 – 7:00pm EST via Zoom.

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Health and Resiliency

Exercise for Strength and Health

Phil Golden
Certified Personal Trainer

Phil’s will lead us through a set of exercises that will help us stay fit and better prepared for daily activities. activities. The exercises will focus on strength, stability and mobility. No special
equipment is required. People can use a chair or stand. When we tap into a sense of strength, balance and mobility in our bodies through exercise, it can translate into the rest of our lives.

As a fitness professional, Phil focuses on two key constituencies: Older people and Parkinson’s patients. He teaches Enhanced Fitness, a fitness program specifically designed to enhance strength, stability and mobility for seniors. He also teaches Parkinson’s SMART exercise and Pedaling for Parkinson’s. Phil is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal and group exercise trainer as well as a Schwin-certified Spin Instructor

Join us Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 5:30pm – 6:30pm EST.

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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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