By the Sea Social Day Program
By the Sea Social Day offers a caring, safe and person-centered environment where clients engage in a variety of activities designed to enrich their daily lives. Our social day program focuses on clients’ capabilities, experiences, interests and personalities so that their potential is maximized. We also aim to provide caregiver respite. This supervised, drop-off program meets on Fridays from 10-2 at the Swampscott Senior Center. Daily activities include current events discussions, fitness, Bocce, guest speakers, art, food tastings, garden walks and holiday events. The daily cost of By the Sea Social Day is $40 and fees are inclusive of all activities and meals. Our program is currently full, but we welcome your interest and are currently accepting referrals to our waitlist. To receive more information or to schedule an intake evaluation please contact the programs coordinators, Heidi Whear, MPH or Sabrina Clopton, LICSW at (781) 596-8866.
By the Sea Memory Cafe
Memory Cafe is for caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia and cognitive impairment to enjoy a fun event or activity while also providing a much-needed break from their daily routines. Our monthly By the Sea Memory Cafe is led by Siobhan McDonald, owner of Granger St. Studios. Siobhan is a trained artist and certified art teacher who holds multiple dementia practitioner certifications. Siobhan provides an outlet for caregivers and a source of ideas, information, connection and support. Her activities consist of engaging and entertainers, crafts and storytelling related to a new theme each month. Refreshments are always provided, and it is free to attend. By the Sea Memory Cafe meets the second Tuesday of each month from 1-2 pm, call (781) 596-8866 to reserve a spot for you and your loved one.
Opening Minds Through Art
The Swampscott Senior Center is thrilled to be the first community-based implementation of OMA, Opening Minds Through Art, in Massachusetts. OMA is an award-winning, evidenced-based intergenerational art-making program which pairs students with older adults living with memory loss. Developed at the Scripps Gerontology Center, a part of the Miami University of Ohio, OMA trains students to facilitate positive connections through art by relying on imagination and their partner’s strengths. Working closely with Hadley Woodfin, a health teacher at Swampscott High School, Siobhan McDonald, a trained OMA facilitator, trains high school juniors to be OMA volunteers. Once trained, these students participate in 6-week group sessions at the Senior Center as part of their regular health education curriculum. This one-hour program relies on structured routine which provides comfort, regularity and support for participants and volunteers. Caregivers may stay with their loved one or enjoy an hour of respite for themselves. Each OMA session ends with a community-wide art show and celebration. This ground-breaking program is made possible through a Greater Lynn Senior Services Title III grant. Our next OMA session will be in the Spring of 2024. Please contact the Swampscott Senior Center at (781) 596-8866 for more information.
Caregiver Support Group
Our weekly, VIRTUAL, support group is open to all partners, family members and other caregivers who want a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of providing care for adults with disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury or other chronic, debilitating illnesses or conditions. Members support each other with a wealth of understanding, knowledge and compassion. Through the support Seaglass Village, we meet every Wednesday from 1-2 pm by Zoom. Reach out to Heidi Whear, MPH or Sabrina Clopton, LICSW for a link to join.