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The Family Caregiver Support Program

The Family Caregiver Support Program is available to help caregivers in need of assistance and support. The program is available to all caregivers caring for someone 60 years of age or older, caring for someone under the age of 60 who has a physical disability, developmental disability or mental illness, or caring for someone under the age of 60 with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Services can include individual support, support groups, information and resources, and education.

The Gallagher Alzheimer’s Resource Center is available on site at Elder Services and includes books, brochures, and other related resources on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and caregiving that can be taken out for a nominal refundable deposit. Elder Services is located at 877 South Street, Suite 4E, in Pittsfield. Call (413) 499-0524 or 1-800-544-5242 for further information. More Alzheimer Resources

Respite Services

Respite services offer temporary or intermittent care for dependent adults in order to provide a brief period of rest or relief for family members who are the regular caregivers. Respite services can include companion services, volunteer services, Adult Day Health, Supportive Day Care, homemaking, laundry, personal care, and a variety of other services. The cost of respite services is on a sliding scale. For more information call Elder Services (413) 499-0524.

Information & Referral

Elder Services' Information and Referral department maintains an extensive list of agencies and programs that may assist a caregiver, provide respite to a caregiver, provide educational resources, or assistive technology. For more information call Elder Services (413) 499-0524.

Caregiver Support Groups in Berkshire County

Caregiver Support Group
Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.
877 South Street, Suite 4E, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 499-0524

2nd Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Bea Cowlin, LSW, and Joseph Choon, Facilitators

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group
Adams COA, Visitor's Center
3 Hoosac Street, Adams, MA

2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Beth Hinkley Mougin, LCSW, Facilitator; to register email Beth

Caregiver Support Group
Claire Teague Senior Center

909 Main Street; Great Barrington, MA
413-528-1881 or 413-499-0524

3rd Wednesday of the Month. 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bea Cowlin, LSW, and Joseph Choon, Facilitators

Caregiver Support Group
Spitzer Senior Center

116 Ashland Street, North Adams, MA
(413) 662-3125, or (413) 499-0524

4th Thursday of the month, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Joseph Choon and Bea Cowlin, LSW, Facilitators

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
Fairview Hospital
29 Lewis Avenue, Great Barrington, MA

3rd Monday of the month, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Marcia McKenzie M ED, Alzheimer's Association, Facilitator,


Early Stage Memory Loss Education and Support Group

Home Instead Senior Care

66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA

3rd Thursday of the Month, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Jay Ellis and Donna Smith, Facilitators,  Registration required.

Memory Cafe
EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne
140 Melbourne Road, Pittsfield, MA

2nd Tuesday of the Month. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Provides a safe, supportive and engaging place for friends with Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias and their caregiver to relax and enjoy socialization, and share experiences and wisdom.

Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVP is appreciated. 

Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Group
Kimball Farms Retirement Community
235 Walker Street; Lenox

2nd Monday of the Month, 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Conference room)
Jackie Tripicco, LCSW, Community Social Worker, Facilitator
413 637-7037: Registration required

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group
Sugar Hill Assisted Living Facility
45 Main Street, Dalton, MA
(413) 684-0100

Last Tuesday of the Month. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
Dr. Jay Ellis and Anne Shartrand, LSW, Facilitators

Alzheimer's/Memory Impairment Caregiver Support Group
Dalton Senior Center
40 Field Street Ext., Dalton MA
(413) 684-2000

Third Thursday of the Month, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Meal Provided
Kelly Pizzi and Robert Dean, Facilitators
Registration is required.

Caregiver Support Group
Mount Washington, MA
159 East Street, Mount Washington, MA

Facilitator: Cory Hines, Contact Cory for dates and times at 413-528-3998

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Ralph Froio Senior Center
330 North St.; Pittsfield, MA
Lindsey Brillon, Chris Griffon, Facilitators
413-499-3556 Ext 20

1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Free meal is served for grandparent and grandchildren; on site activities program for grandchildren. Registration is required.

Grandparent Raising Grandchildren
Spitzer Center
150 Ashland St.; North Adams, MA
Lindsey Brillon, Chris Griffon, Facilitators

1st Monday of the month. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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Elder Services
of Berkshire County, Inc.

877 South Street, Suite 4E
Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 499-0524 Main
(800) 544-5242
(413) 442-6443 Fax
(413) 499-9764 TTY


Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm EST