MV Center for Living update

Family care and dementia support services

The Family Caregiver Support Program champions caregivers, provides information and links to programs and services to support your caregiving efforts, and provides powerful tools and tips for a better caregiving experience. It is for all caregivers living on Martha’s Vineyard or caring for someone living on Martha’s Vineyard.


One-on-one sessions with a trained clinician to help caregivers navigate resources and manage care for their loved ones and themselves. Services may include:

  • memory screenings
  • care advice
  • habilitation therapy
  • information and recommendations
  • Facilitate family reunions
  • Education and support for Alzheimer’s/dementia

care advice

We can help you navigate the public and private care system to find the best plan for your needs. The consultation can take place at your home, in our office or by telephone. We can meet with the caregivers individually or as a family.

habilitation therapy

Post-doctoral therapy is a non-medical, interpersonal approach to caring for people with memory loss. The habilitation strengthens the existing skills to improve and maintain functional independence. Learn how you can simplify tasks and help your loved one become more fully involved in their own care and actively participate in life. The habilitation approach helps the caregiver manage behaviors, reduce caregiver stress, and can help facilitate a more rewarding caregiving experience.

Self-help group for dementia caregivers

The Dementia Carer Support Group provides a confidential and supportive atmosphere in which carers can come together to find encouragement, comfort and advice from others who share similar experiences and concerns. For free.

Contact the Family Caregiver Support Program at 508-939-9440. Visit for more information.

Supportive daily program

A daily activity program for people who are at risk of being left alone or who have memory problems. The program offers space for additional guests. Call us to reserve a spot for exercises, art, music, drama and special presentations. We run our program Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Open House Music and Memory Cafe

Please visit us on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with your loved one for music and singing. Masks and vaccinations required.

Join our team

MVCL is seeking Special Replacement Assistants in the Supportive Day Program and an additional driver to drive our van for weekly trips and replace our regular driver for morning and afternoon transportation. These are hourly positions as hours may vary from week to week. Please contact Leslie Clapp at [email protected] for more information.

Volunteers: Make someone’s day, help us offer our services to our island elders, and have fun doing it. We welcome fully vaccinated volunteers back to the Supportive Day program. If interested, please contact Mary Holmes directly at 508-939-9440. Thanks very much!

Community Foundation Utility support

If you are struggling to pay your utilities during this difficult time, please contact Leslie at the MV Center for Living, 508-939-9440, ext. 106 to request assistance.

Emergency Food Program

As a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank, MV Center for Living coordinates the delivery of nutritious food to local Councils on Aging and Serving Hands Pantry at First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven for distribution to islanders in need. For information, contact your local council on aging or the Center for Living at 508-939-9440.

dementia friends

Dementia Friends USA is part of a global movement changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people affected by dementia.

By hosting a Dementia Friends information session for your employees, you are helping the community better serve our neighbors. This free, hour-long training session can be added to a staff meeting or scheduled as a special event.

Please contact Mary Holmes, Dementia Friends Champion, at [email protected] or 508-939-9440 to schedule a free session.

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