Dementia Education Support Group
At 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, Laurelwood at the Pinehills, 10 Golf Drive, will host a Dementia Education Support Group directed by Alison Stockman, LSW. Stockman is a member of the Massachusetts Alzheimerās Association, a certified support group leader, and is OASIS certified. Attendees can take away tips in managing behavior and communication tactics as well as learn about resources available to persons and family members dealing with dementia. To RSVP or for more information, contact Debra Hyson or Brenda Gellar at 508-927-6346 or [email protected]
Support groups at BID-Plymouth
The Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, 275 Sandwich St. in Plymouth (formerly the Jordan Hospital), offers numerous support groups on a regular basis. Visit www.bidplymouth.org/calendar or call 508-746-2000 for details.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. Visit www.alcoholics-anonymous.org or www.aaboston.org, or call 508-746-5611 or 617-426-9444 for information and to find a meeting in your area.
For more than 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics. It is estimated that each alcoholic affects the lives of at least four other people. Alcoholism is truly a family disease. No matter what relationship you have with an alcoholic, whether they are still drinking or not, all who have been affected by someone elseās drinking can find solutions that lead to serenity in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellowship. Call 888-4AL-ANON or visit www.al-anon.alateen.org for details.
CleanSlate treatment center in Plymouth
In response to the growing opioid epidemic impacting the South Shore, CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Centers has opened its eleventh center within Massachusetts, at 110 Long Pond Road in Plymouth. CleanSlate is accepting new patients. Founded in 2009 to address to the growing opioid crisis facing Massachusetts, today CleanSlate is the largest, non-cash based provider of medication assisted treatment services with buprenorphine and extended release naltrexone in the commonwealth. As of May 2015, Plymouth had averaged one opioid-related overdose per day thus far this year. Within Massachusetts, there are now on average three opioid-related deaths occurring each day.
CleanSlateās assistance was requested by BID-Plymouth hospital. CleanSlate Centers was founded in 2009 in response to the growing opioid epidemic facing the country. A network of outpatient addiction treatment centers, CleanSlate provides compassionate, effective, medication assisted treatment and related therapies for patients who have addiction and associated disorders using the highest quality, evidence based practices. Call 800-newstart or visit www.cleanslatecenters.com for more information.
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 33,500 weekly meetings in over 116 countries worldwide. Narcotics Anonymous sprang from the Alcoholics Anonymous program of the late 1940s, started as a small U.S. movement and has grown into one of the worldās oldest and largest organizations of its type. Visit www.na.org for details or call 866-243-3578.
Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise. Take steps to protect your family from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling with drug addiction, get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. Call 800-431-1754 or visit the site at DrugAbuseSolution.com.
Compulsive debting is both a serious problem and an addiction. This involves credit cards and any other form of unsecured debting. DA offers recovery from compulsive debting. Meetings are held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the community room at Gleason Family YMCA, 33 Charge Pond Road, Wareham.
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is a private, nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the social, financial and emotional costs of problem gambling. The Council provides information, prevention, education, advocacy and referral services for problem gamblers, their loved ones and the greater community. Visit www.masscompulsivegambling.org for details. The Council headquarters is located at 190 High St., Boston, 617-426-4555; and there is a Helpline number, 800-426-1234.
Grief support groupsĀ
Beacon Hospice, 32 Resnik Road, Plymouth, offers a variety of grief support groups that are open to anyone in the community who is experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one. Groups offered are: Coping with the Loss of a Spouse or Partner, Parent Loss for Adults, Loss of an Adult Child, Men Coping with Grief Breakfast Club. In addition to groups, one-to-one grief support sessions are also provided to any member of the community free of charge. For more information, call Scott Ciosek, M.Div., at 508-747-7222.
Dementia support group for caregivers
A support group for loved ones of patients with dementia will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at BID-Plymouth, located at 275 Sandwich St. The Senior Behavioral Health Center (SBHC) at BID-Plymouth support group is committed to providing positive support to all who attend. The intention is to be empathetic and accepting to all; confidentiality is the priority. For more information, contact Maryann Sweeney, SBHC activities coordinator. Visit www.bidplymouth.org for more information.
Hearing Loss Association
For information on The Hearing Loss Association of America Plymouth Chapter, go to hearinglossplymouth.org or Sandy Spekman at [email protected]
Plymouth New Beginnings
Plymouth New Beginnings offers a safe place for single people to meet for mutual support. The group meets from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Plymouth Methodist Church, 29 Carver Road, Plymouth. All singles are welcome.
NAMI of Plymouth
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a nonprofit organization serving Plymouth and nine surrounding communities. NAMI sponsors a free Family to Family support group Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sgarzi conference room at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, 275 Sandwich St., Plymouth, for family members and caregivers of those living with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychiatric disorders. Call the Plymouth area NAMI at 781-829-7215 or Jean Albanese at 508-746-8094 with questions.
South Shore OCD support group
The South Shore OCD Support Group holds regular meetings for adults, teens and children suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Parents of children, family and friends of adults are all welcome. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, at South Shore Mental Health, 64 Industrial Park Road, Plymouth. There is no cost and the building is wheelchair accessible. Call Barbara Lashley at 508-830-1630 for more information.
Therapy referral service
The Social Work Therapy Referral Service offers free confidential counseling referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 617-720-2828 or 800-242-9794.
Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community of MA-South Shore (CSC-MSS) offers a Participant Support Program for people living with cancer. The ongoing support group meets weekly at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Cancer Support Community, 120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104, in Assinippi Park in Norwell. An initial screening is required. The Participant Support Group offers people living with cancer a safe place to connect, share and learn from one another. Open to people at any point in their cancer experience, the group is facilitated by a professional, licensed therapist. Registration and screening for the program is currently underway. If interested in learning more, call 781-610-1490 or email Gail Colton at [email protected]
For people with MS, run by people with MS. Individuals with multiple sclerosis, their families, friends and other care partners, are welcome to the Plymouth MS self-help group (affiliated with the National MS Society Greater New England Chapter). Group members share common experiences and concerns, provide and receive emotional support, and obtain information on living and coping with MS. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, at PartyLite Worldwide, in Plymouth Industrial Park at 59 Armstrong Road, Plymouth. Call Susan Howard at 508-361-9421 for information and directions.
The Eating Disorder Support Group at Farm Fare Market meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at 68 Tupper Road in Sandwich, and is open to individuals with all forms of disordered eating and body image concerns. The groupās primary focus is a wellness approach to recovery and will include topics such as art therapy, growing food, the value of food, self-image and cooking. The group leaders are Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN, and Jennifer Ladd. Anyone interested in attending should contact Ladd by phone at 508-813-9282 or via email [email protected] to register prior to initial group attendance.
Better Breathers Club support group
The Better Breathers Club support group meetings are held at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, 275 Sandwich St. Admission is free and registration is not required. For information, call 508-830-2567.
LiveStrong program at Old Colony YMCA
Old Colony YMCA- Plymouth Branch will become a provider of the nationally recognized LiveStrong at the YMCA in partnership with the LiveStrong Foundation. The 12-week physical activity and wellbeing initiative helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. Additionally, programs like LiveStrong at the YMCA are part of the Yās overall commitment to help cancer survivors recover in a safe and supportive environment.
LiveStrong at the YMCA is an evidence-based program based on best practices for cancer survivor exercise. The goals of the program are to empower adult cancer survivors to improve functional capacity and to increase their quality of life through an organized program of fitness and strength offered in a supportive, small-group setting. For more information on the LiveStrong at the YMCA program in Plymouth, contact Kelly Protz, health and wellness coordinator, Old Colony YMCA Plymouth Branch, at 508-927-3100, ext. 104, or at [email protected] If anyone you know needs cancer support, visit LiveStrong.org/WeCanHelp. For more information about programs and services, visit LiveStrong.org.
Heidrea for Heroes’ Incline Corps
Heidrea for Heroes has launched Incline Corps, a monthly fitness program for veterans, at Live Life Believe Fitness Center, 10 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth. This free program features a group workout and a social hour afterward with food and drinks from 7:15 to 8 p.m. J.C. Jasa, a certified fitness trainer, MMA fighting coach and Marine Corps veteran, will lead a workout that combines strength, conditioning, plyometrics and some elements of boxing mixed in. All fitness levels are welcome, and the workout will be modified to suit individuals. Drop-ins are welcome, but advanced sign-ups are appreciated. For information: 774-773-3951; [email protected]; heidrea4heroes.org.
CSC, Heidrea for Heroes veteran cancer support group
PLYMOUTH ā The Cancer Support Community and Heidrea for Heroes are collaborating to launch a cancer support group exclusively for military veterans that meets from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Cancer Support Community, 120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104, Norwell.
There is no charge to participate in the support group, however interested veterans must call Kathy Armany, CSC program director, at 781-610-1490 in advance in order to register for an interview. The goal of the program is to provide a unique opportunity for veterans who are facing a fight against cancer to draw strength and fellowship from others in similar circumstances. The camaraderie that veterans experience together has great potential to serve as a distinct and powerful resource for those individuals dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Walk-in urgent care center in Plymouth
AĀ walk-in urgent care center, staffed by board certified emergency medical physicians, opened at 59 Long Pond Road in Plymouth. Drs. Chris Whelan and Michael Hughes are expanding on the new, innovative model in health care that they started locally in 2012. Health Express offers unique benefits to Plymouth area residents, including being staffed exclusively by board certified emergency room physicians, walk-in service (which doesnāt require referrals), low wait times, on-site lab and x-ray. Most insurance polices are accepted, with co-pays comparable to a regular office visit.
Common ailments that the Health Express physicians see include coughs, cold, flu, sore throat, earaches, fractures, lacerations, asthma, sports injuries and rashes. The doctors will also provide physicals for their patients. Health Express Plymouth is the third urgent care center run by Whelan and Hughes. The original center, located at 330 Washington St. in Weymouth, opened in early 2012. The second location, at 117 Old Church St. in Pembroke, welcomed its first patient in February 2013. Health Express hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To learn more, visit www.healthexpressma.com or Facebook at Health Express MA or Twitter at @HealthExpressMA.
The Edge is funded by a grant from the Department of Public Health and works to inspire young adults to find their passion and avoid underage drinking and substance abuse. Andrue Coombes is a community organizer, social analyst and the founder of The Edge – Plymouth. For more info on getting involved, you can reach Coombes at [email protected]
Harbor Community Health Center adds hours
Harbor Community Health Center-Plymouth, 10 Cordage Park Circle, Plymouth, announced that its medical and dental clinical hours have been extended to include Monday evenings. After a trial period, the center will consider extending evening hours to other days as well. Harbor Community Health Center-Plymouth opened its medical and dental clinics at Cordage Park in March 2014. The center is a public health agency that seeks to provide comprehensive health care to residents of Plymouth County and offers access to comprehensive family medicine and dental services, and accepts Free Care