Caregiver Lectures

Caregiver Lectures

Starting June 8th at 2 PM, lectures and discussions will be offered by the OASIS WeCare Institute to the general public bimonthly for Caregivers at the Heritage Barn in Brewster.

Lectures will continue on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Upcoming schedule

June 8th

What is cognitive decline? NASEM Health and Medicine Division, Anna Burke, MD, Barrow Neurological Institute

What is normal decline?

June 22nd

Depression & Cognitive Impairment, presented by Phil Borders, MD

July 13th

Is it Depression or Dementia? Claire Morley & Nicolette Asselin, MD

Types of declines that can be treated or slowed down.

July 27th

How should one go about diagnosing and why it is important to know from a provider trained on the subject?

Stories about misdiagnoses. Rush to diagnosis by unqualified providers.

August 10th

Understanding Dementia. What are the different type of dementia? Presented by Susanne Faith, R.N. CDP and Allan Johnson, MSW, Lic SW

How to get assistance if a family member has been diagnosed?

August 24th

Activities to reduce anxiety, by Claire Morley – Labyrinth Health Advocacy

Flowering your Mind, by Susanne Faith, R.N. CDP

September 14th

Managing Behaviors in Dementia, by Susanne Faith, R.N. CDP and Allan Johnson, MSW, Lic SW

What caregivers need to know about caring for someone? Options. Discuss Pro/con. Nicolette Asselin, M.D. OASIS WeCare Institute

September 28th

Caring for the Caregiver, by Claire Morley – Labyrinth Health Advocacy


March 2023


How can music help people who with Cognitive Decline?

How can music help people who with Cognitive Decline?

Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D.*

Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer’s disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively undamaged by the disease.

For example, music can:
Relieve stress
Reduce anxiety and depression
Reduce agitation
Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety and distress, lightening the mood, and providing a way to connect with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease — especially those who have difficulty communicating.

Read more
  • Jonathan Graff Radford, M.D., studies normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, cerebrovascular disease and neurodegenerative disorders. Specific disorders of interest include mild cognitive impairment, vascular cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, corticobasal syndrome, posterior cortical atrophy and frontotemporal dementia.


How do you know when to worry or talk to your primary physician about your family member?

There are a number of assessments tools, but the simplest to take is called the SAGE Test.*

The benefits of this test is that SAGE can be a tool for measuring someone’s thinking ability over several years. The first time the test is taken could be considered a “baseline,” or the standard to be compared to when it’s taken again later. If scores on the test are worse two years later, this might indicate something’s wrong. Dementia diseases are progressive, worsening over time, and SAGE can help chart the progression.

Also, peace of mind can be huge. If you are stressed or exhausted (perhaps from caregiving for your loved one), then focus and memory might suffer. A person with a healthy brain may become worried that they’re showing signs of dementia. Taking a SAGE might reassure you that rather than developing an incurable brain disease, you just need more sleep.Doing this test at home is a solid marker.

View or download the SAGE Test

View or download instructions

Mental Health and problems with memory.


More information helps doctors make a better diagnosis. The questions on SAGE are diverse, asking someone to remember the date, do simple math problems, recall the names of objects or animals, and more. Because different types of dementias affect the brain differently, this is helpful for determining what’s wrong. Someone with Frontotemporal dementia, for instance, would have difficulty coming up with the right words, but less problems with memory.

Catching cognition problems early equals better treatment. Dementia cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be managed. The sooner management begins, the easier a person’s life with Alzheimer’s disease or related illness will be. If you or a loved one shows signs of developing dementia, you can better prepare for the future, including understanding what might be required of caregivers.

*SAGE stands for Self-Administered Gerocognitive Test.

Vaccination Tips

Vaccination Tips

Is some of the information circulating on the vaccine confusing?

Review these important points below:

Are you taking care of someone?

  • If yes, you are:
  • Home-Based Respite and Individual/Family Support staff  and entitled to receive the vaccine as part of phase 1.

Have you hired someone to take care of a loved one?

  • If yes, they are called:
  • Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and they are entitled to receive the vaccine as part of phase 1.

Where can I get the Vaccine?

Find a vaccination clinic near where you live to schedule vaccinations ASAP.

Online scheduling (if your zip isn’t bringing a site, use the next larger town)

Phase 2


Mass. Vaccine Distribution

Clinical and non-clinical health care workers doing direct and COVID-facing care