Education & Assistance

List of Classes

Book Club

American Sign Language 

Learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL). Students will learn basic words, phrases, and common conversational signs using the proper combination of hand movements, facial expressions, and body posture. This is a beginner’s class that is open to all. 

Instructors: Elaine and Ed Woltemate 

Mondays at 10a—New series begins 4/8/2024 

Alzheimer’s Association Education Programs

Join us for a series of informative programs offered throughout the year. Learn how to have honest and caring conversations about common concerns when someone begins to experience the signs and symptoms of dementia. Each month will focus on a different but pertinent topic.  

Leader: Kristina Prendergast and Alzheimer’s Association Trained Volunteer

Instructors vary with topic 

Upcoming dates:

4/12 at 10a—”Dementia Conversations” 

7/10 at 10a—“Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior”  

Alzheimer’s Association Caregivers Support Group

Join this monthly support group to build a support system with others who understand. This support group is conducted by a trained facilitator and is a safe place for people living with dementia and their care partners. It is a place to develop a support system, exchange practical information and possible solutions. Talk through challenges, find ways to cope, share feelings and concerns and learn more about community resources. All are welcome at any time. 

Facilitator: Heidi Ripberger-Short 

3rd Wednesday each month at 10a; starts April 2024 

Benefits Information and Referral

Get assistance with finding and applying for benefits.

  • Medicaid
  • SSI/SSD
  • SNAP
  • LIHEAP
  • Senior SHARE Box
  • Transnet
  • Other local community resources and programs 

Please call our Community Resource Navigator for an appointment; days & times vary

Call Polly at (610)323-5009; ext. 105 for information.

Caregiver’s Support Group

Come join us to share your experiences of being a caregiver. Take this opportunity to learn coping skills for managing the stress and challenges of being a caregiver. Network with other caregivers to form supportive relationships and gain insight into self-care techniques. 

Facilitator: Polly Dobbs   

Time: 1st Friday of the month at 1p; Classroom 1

Diabetic Support Group and Prevention Education

Pottstown Medical Specialists Division of Education will be offering two diabetic support groups at two different times for persons with diabetes and their caregivers. Programs will be held select Thursdays monthly—at 10a and 1p. Chris leads the Thursday 10a group, which is structured as a support group with group members guiding the topics to be discussed. Abigail’s Thursday 1p prevention program will cover various wellness topics that assist with living your best life while coping with diabetes. Sessions are hosted by PMSI’s Certified Lifestyle Coaches, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, Registered Dietician, and special guest speakers.  

Leaders: 

PMSI Dietician Abigail Nessle, RDN, LDN— Diabetes Prevention Program–select Thursday at 1p  

Chris Yocom, Diabetes Support Coach–Diabetes Support Group–select Thursdays at 10a 

Grief and Bereavement Support Group

Share your journey through grief and hear from others who are walking that same path. Take this opportunity to learn new techniques for managing bereavement and learning to live with loss.     

Facilitator: Polly Dobbs  

Time: 3rd Friday of the month at 1p; Classroom 1 

PA Medi (formerly Apprise) Medicare Counseling

Medicare is not one-size-fits-all – get your plan adjusted and save money!

Leader: Ed Savitsky

By appointment only

Call Polly at (610)323-5009; ext. 105 to schedule an appointment.

Veterans Benefits Program Information

Leader: Jamie Washburn

By appointment only

Please call Polly at (610) 323-5009; ext. 105 for appointment information.