Support and Social Groups

These groups offer support, encouragement, connection, and comfort to those facing common issues related to aging and caregiving.

CVCOA offers several different confidential and safe support and social groups for older adults and their caregivers.

Memorable Times Café and Memorable Times Online
Memorable Times Café and Memorable Times Online are relaxed social times for people living with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners. Sponsored by Central Vermont Council on Aging in partnership with the ABLE Library.

  • This winter, join us on Zoom weekly, Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., for a special Memorable Times Online Jukebox with Friends from Scotland.
     
  • Memorable Times Café meets at the Vermont History Center, 60 Washington St., Barre City on the third Wednesday of the month, 1:30 p.m. -3:00 p.m. This in-person offering is currently meeting quarterly. Please see our events page for upcoming opportunities. 
     
  • Memorable Times Online meets over Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join us for a new theme each month. We join with a group from Scotland a few times a year!

Caregiver Tea

Caregiver Tea is an in-person social gathering for family caregivers. Participants can enjoy a break from caregiving and share in conversation with other caregivers. A brief wellness or arts activity is offered each time. Schedule subject to public health considerations. Contact Barb Asen at 802-476-2681 or [email protected].

Please contact Barb Asen, Director of Family Caregiver Support at 1 (802) 476-2681 or [email protected] for more information about Memorable Times Café/Memorable Times Online or Caregiver Teas.


Living with Alzheimer's for Caregivers is a series of education programs offered by the Alzheimer's Association that provide answers to the questions that arise in early, middle and late stages of the disease.
Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way.  For more information and resources offered by the Alzheimer's Association, please visit their website.

Additional Support Groups

ALS Support Groups

Website

Support groups providing peer networking and education around a variety of topics for those who love, care for, and live with ALS.

ALZConnected

Website

An online social networking community for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers: questions and input among peers; public and private groups; topical message boards.

Alzheimer's Association Telephone Caregiver Support Group

Website

US
Toll-free 1 (800) 272-3900

1st Tues. of each month - 4:00-5:30 pm

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Website

VT
1 (802) 316-3839

Weekly over Zoom Every Monday at 2 p.m. Register at https://tinyurl.com/AlzAssnSupportGroups. Check with contacts for information on groups meeting remotely. Contact Alzheimer’s Association for information.

Alzheimer’s Telephone Caregiver Support Group

1 (802) 316-3839

Second Tuesday of the month, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Contact 802-316-3839 x8011 for information

Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice Grief Support Groups

Website

VT
1 (802) 224-2241

Groups are being conducted over Zoom. Grief support groups are free and open to the public. Please contact Diana Moore, CVHHH's Bereavement Coordinator, at 224-2241 or [email protected], to register and to receive login information.

Central Vermont Parkinson’s Support Group

VT
Toll-free 1 (888) 763-3366
1 (802) 479-9296

Third Thurs. of month, 10:30 am to noon at Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Contact Nancy McGinley at 802-479-9296. Other VT locations – call Toll Free: 888-763-3366

Dartmouth Hitchcock Aging Resource Center

Website

NH
1 (603) 653-3460

Offers a wide variety of caregiver support programs inclussing caregiver support programs.

Lamoille Home Health & Hospice Caregiver Support Group

1 (802) 888-4651

1st. Tues. of the month, 10:30-11:30 am. Call 802-888-4651 for information.

Living through Loss: Grief Support Group

Website

44 South Main St
Randolph, VT 05060
1 (802) 728-2107

The Volunteer Chaplaincy Program at Gifford Medical Center invites community members to attend “Living Through Loss,” a grief support group from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday in the Gifford Medical Center Chapel. The weekly group is open to anyone who has experienced loss.

Morrisville Bereavement/Grief Support Group

Morrisville, VT
1 (802) 888-4651

Contact Lamoille Home Health & Hospice for information: 802-888-4651

Randolph Area Caregiver Support Group

Randolph, VT
1 (802) 728-7781

Meeting in-person at the Kingwood Health Center. Second Wednesday of every month from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Facilitated by Kayla Thibault, Community Health Team Care Coordinator, and Emily Young, Social Worker. For information, please call 802-728-7781.

Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia – DHMC

Website

1 (603) 653-3460

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; now meeting online
For information and to register: https://events.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/organizer/aging-resource-center/ or call 603-653-3460.

UCM Caregiver Support Group

Montpelier, VT
1 (802) 223-7861

Unitarian Church, Montpelier. For info, please contact Hugo Liepmann 802-565-0059, Gale Pekar 856-986-3477 or UCM 802-223-7861.

University of Vermont Medical Center Memory Program

Website

Colchester, VT
1 (802) 847-1111

University of Vermont Medical Center

Vermont Kin as Parents (VKAP)

Website

VT
1 (802) 338-4716

Support for families raising the children of relatives