Family and Caregiver Support

The Deanna and Sidney Wolk Center for Memory Health offers people experiencing memory loss and their families and caregivers personalized support to minimize disability and maximize well-being.

Through individualized resource coordination with local services, counseling, support groups, and caregiver education, our goal is for you to feel heard and supported. The Wolk Center is here for you along the entire journey, from initial memory concerns to end of life.

Wolk Center counselors help patients and/or family members deal with a wide range of challenges, including: 

  • Patient and family counseling services
  • Memory and dementia support groups and caregiver education
  • Resources for memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer's

Individual and Family Counseling

Our clinicians offer psychotherapy and counseling to patients and family members struggling with the experience of memory loss. Family members and caregivers can receive care even if the person with memory loss is not a Wolk Center patient. Virtual and in-person services are available.  

Memory Support Groups and Caregiver Education

We offer in-person and virtual caregiver support groups led by licensed clinicians. 

For individuals, families, and caregivers, we also offer a “boot camp” style group to support caregivers to meet the constant challenges of providing compassionate and effective dementia care; and diverse educational resources.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Groups in the Boston Area

The informal small group experience is intended for family caregivers who seek support around the daily challenges related to caring for a loved one living with cognitive impairment. The group is offered in a thoughtful way to connect individuals in similar situations and nurture bonds and rapport in organic conversations. The 8-week sessions can be for family caregivers in various roles, including spouse/partners, siblings, adult children, as well as devoted friends.

Wellness for Life Groups

Drawing upon the PERMA-H model of well-being in positive psychology, this group provides a structured, evidence-based approach to wellness that covers positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and purpose, accomplishment, and health. Over nine weekly sessions, both caregiver and person with dementia can participate in separate but simultaneous sessions to gain skills to increase mental health and enhance healthy aging. This group is supported by the Eleanor and Herbert Bearak Memory for Life program.

Dementia Caregiver Skills Groups

This evidence-based group for caregivers offers education around topics key to caregiving, skill building, and participation in supportive therapeutic discussions. Participants learn techniques to reduce stress and increase mental health specific to caregivers of individuals with dementia.

Resource Coordination for Memory Loss

The Wolk Center for Memory Health provides patients and caregivers highly personalized resource referrals that go beyond general guidance. We can help you build a plan that specifically addresses your preferences, needs, and circumstances, including your specific diagnosis. Referrals may include help finding an aging life care manager, adult day health program, assisted living facility, nursing home, or support in the home, along with other community programs to support people living with memory loss.

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Educational Resources on Memory Loss Topics

As a Harvard Medical School-affiliated nonprofit provider of senior care, Hebrew SeniorLife offers information to help families navigate the experience of aging. Read on to explore our blog posts related to memory loss.

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Diagnostic Services at the Wolk Center

If you’re concerned about signs of memory loss, cognitive problems, or behavioral changes in you or a loved one, the Wolk Center for Memory Health can provide assessment and diagnostic services. We go beyond just “whether” you have an impairment to identify “why” you are experiencing it.

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Clinical Treatment for Dementia

 Yes, there are ways to decrease your risk of developing more advanced dementia, slow the progression of cognitive decline, and maximize your daily functioning. Learn more about our treatment offerings as well as clinical trials.

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