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Shore Medical Center Introduces Two New Virtual Support Groups to Help With Challenges & Changes of Life

Shore Medical Center’s Center for Family Caregivers is expanding with new virtual monthly support groups: Caring Together, Living Well and Vet 2 Vet Café.

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Shore Medical Center’s Center for Family Caregivers offers many support services for people who are caring for a loved one with an illness or disability at home, but the Center is now expanding to reach more people with the addition of two new virtual monthly support groups: Caring Together, Living Well and Vet 2 Vet Café.

Caring Together, Living Well

Caring Together, Living Well is designed to support people through a wide variety of life’s challenges and changes, from grief and loss to staying active and healthy as you age.

Sessions are held the second Wednesday each month at 3pm and all are accessible via Zoom at at the time of the session.          

Upcoming Caring Together, Living Well session topics include:

Weds, Jan 12, 3-4pm: Good Grief: How to Live After Any Loss – Presented by Angelic Health and facilitated by their Bereavement Counselor and Spiritual Care Coordinator, Ken Jackson, who will discuss many types of grief, from the death of a loved one to loss of identity, retirement and independence challenges.

Zoom link:

Photo of Ken Jackson (provided)

Weds, Feb. 9th, 3-4pm: Getting Older without Getting Old – This session is for people who are retired from work but not from life and looking for support in maintaining interests and energy as they age. This session is presented by Angelic Health’s Hospice Social Worker Shalini Basu, LSW who offers her unique and professional insights. Zoom link:

Photo of Shalini Basu, LSW (provided)

Weds, March 9, 3-4pm: Music and Memories can Keep You Young – Do you find yourself thinking of your high school dances when you hear certain songs?  Music makes powerful memories that can lift our mood. 

Learn why, and how our songs from our youth can make for a better today, and tomorrow.

Presented by Angelic Health’s Karen Dennery Melita, MMT, MT-BC, certified music therapist.

Photo of Karen Dennery Melita, MMT, MT-BC (provided)

Vet 2 Vet Café

Vet 2 Vet Café is offered the first Wednesday of every month from 1-2pm and is designed as a space where veterans can connect, tell stories of service and assist one another in a supportive environment.

It is facilitated by John Prutting, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for Angelic Health, who is a 2x Operation Enduring Freedom veteran with 8 years of military service.

As a veteran himself, John understands the specific needs and wants of other veterans.

The next session is Wednesday, February 2, 1-2 pm, and those interested can join the Zoom link at

For information on these support groups, or for those seeking support from a Caregiver Coach to help them cope with the challenges of caring for a loved one, contact a Shore Caregiver Coach at 609-653-3969 or by email at

You can also learn more about the Caregiver Center at

You can find all of Shore’s support groups and more at

About Shore Medical Center:

At Shore Medical Center, located in Somers Point, NJ, kindness complements an extraordinary level of clinical sophistication. People are the foundation of this modern medical center where advanced technology harmonizes with compassionate, patient-centered care.

Shore Medical Center attracts the area’s best physicians, nurses, and clinicians, and is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care.

Shore is a member of the Penn Cancer Network and has affiliations with Penn Medicine in cardiology, maternal-fetal medicine, and pulmonology. Shore also has partnerships with Onsite Neonatal Partners, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions.

For more information about Shore Medical Center, visit

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