Pioneer Valley Memory Care Initiative
Funded by The Eisenberg Family Trust
What is the Pioneer Valley Memory Care Initiative (PVMCI)?
The PVMCI, funded by The Eisenberg Family Trust, is a coalition of health care and community providers dedicated to empowering and supporting older adults living with dementia and their caregivers to improve their quality of life. Partnering organization include Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Cooley Dickinson Medical Group, Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice, Valley Medical Group, The Alzheimer’s Association, Highland Valley Elder Services, and local neighborhood organizations and senior centers. The PVMCI is a member of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Memory Care Initiative.
The PVMCI serves older adults with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers who reside in Amherst, Northampton (including Florence and Leeds) and Easthampton.
The PVMCI is based out of the Cooley Dickinson Geriatrics program and is led by Rebecca Starr, MD, Medical Director and Geriatrician.
Is there a cost for this program and how can I enroll?
There is no cost. The PVMCI is made possible through funding by The Eisenberg Family Trust and in part by a grant from Highland Valley Elder Services through funding under the Federal Older Americans Act.
You can schedule an appointment with Rebecca Starr, MD, or enroll by calling 413-585-0755 and mentioning that you are interested in the PVMCI program.
What can I expect from my enrollment?
For those living with or caring for someone living with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease, the PVMCI offers creative, innovative solutions that address your immediate needs. Through building relationships, community linkages, home visits, and telephonic support, we engage your strengths, overcome barriers, and find solutions to enable you or your loved one to remain at home and connected to your community.
What does the PVMCI offer members?
- Expert and comprehensive services to address memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Assignment to a Memory Care Specialist who will be your main point of contact with the PVMCI program.
- Individualized care and services specific to your strengths, goals, and needs.
- Support, education, and creative solutions to address the challenges you may be experiencing.
- Enrollment into local Village Networks, and provision of neighborly assistance to reduce isolation and increase meaningful engagement.
- Connection to community providers like your local Council on Aging or Senior Center, Highland Valley Elder Services, the Alzheimer’s Association, Brightspots Therapy Dogs and other community providers.
How can I get more information about the program?
We would be happy to discuss this program and answer any questions that you and/or your loved one may have! You can call 413-582-2357 and leave a message with your contact information. A member of the PVMCI team will return your call. You can also download and print the program brochure here.
How can I learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?
The PVMCI partners with community organizations and care providers to host educational programming on living with dementia, caring for a loved one living with dementia, creating a dementia-friendly community, and providing health care for patients living with dementia. Please call 413-582-2357 if you are interested in attending a session or partnering with the PVMCI to produce a program.