Support and Socialization for Seniors

Support and Socialization for Seniors

At Families First, our mission of providing support for families extends to families that include older adults, and to seniors as individuals. We partner with other organizations and individuals to offer several programs designed especially for seniors.

Caregiver Group

This program is currently suspended.

This group is for any individual or family who is managing the care of a loved one with dementia, either at home or in a care community. Meetings are run by trained volunteer Dick Chamberlain and Families First social worker Cindi Shanley. There is no cost to attend. To learn more, call Mr. Chamberlain at (603) 642-8758, or just drop into the next session.

Senior Luncheons

This program is currently suspended.

Enjoy soup, sandwich, salad and dessert for $5; learn about resources for seniors; chat with friends and make new ones. Bring a friend! RSVP to 603-610-4433, or by email, at least five days before date of lunch. Transportation can be provided for Portsmouth residents who call 603-570-7791 three days in advance. Or, take the COAST Lafayette Road Trolley from Feaster Apartments, Margeson Apartments or Market Square (75¢ for seniors). (Click for the COAST schedule; then select “Lafayette Rd.” tab.) Cosponsored by the City of Portsmouth Senior Services and The Foundation for Seacoast Health.

Senior Companions

1-800-856-5525 or 603-225-3295

Senior Companions are healthy older adults (55+) who help other adults live independently by doing tasks such as providing respite to family caregivers or taking clients grocery shopping and to appointments. As the Seacoast region’s “station” in the Senior Companions program, Families First trains, matches and supervises the companions who visit and provide support to other seniors. Learn more about Senior Companions.

Portsmouth’s Senior Activity Center

The Senior Activity Center is currently closed.

Drop-in gathering space with free coffee & tea. Play games, read, watch tv, socialize and meet other seniors. For hours, activities and contact information, click here and scroll down to “Senior Activity Center Programs and Activities.”