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Maria Camerlengo joined the team as the Director in March of 2017.  A resident of Salem, Maria spent 17 years as the Preschool Director at the Salem Boys & Girls Club before switching careers.  She has both personal and professional experience as a caregiver, and most recently was the Admissions and Marketing Director for an assisted living community specializing in memory care. 

Gina, our Registered Nurse, is a graduate of NH Technical Institute and has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of nursing settings, most recently in home health care. She is well versed in the hands-on medical services that our guests require, and has the team oriented spirit that is essential for our program.


Nancy is a Licensed Practical Nurse who has been working at our community since 2008 on a part-time basis.  She received her degree at the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing in Rochester, NY.


Jessica, a Licensed Nursing Assistant, has been making a positive difference in the lives of our participants for more than six years.  She brings laughter and joy to the center while providing hands-on participant care.


Jennifer, a Berkshire Community college graduate, also joined the team in March of 2017 after many years in early childhood education.  Prior to joining our team Jennifer was home raising her children.  She enjoys working with older adults, and interacts with patience and kindness with all our participants.


Patty is our Activities Director, and has been with our program since 2009.  For many years Patty owned and operated a quilting shop, and is an excellent seamstress and crafter.  She brings these talents, as well as her love for our seniors and her desire to keep them engaged, as she develops our full calendar of planned activities tailored to meet the needs of our community.



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Caregiving requires an abundance of patience which doesn’t always come naturally.  Each of you have chosen to support your loved one in a manner that places the bulk of the responsibility on you, and it is truly one of the toughest jobs imaginable.  In the coming year, I wish for you the strength, the patience and the support you need to continue on this journey of love.  Below find few tips and local resources that may be of help, and please remember that our Silverthorne team is always here to lend our support and expertise whenever you need us.


  1. Take care of your own health and well-being so that you can be strong enough to care for your loved one.  Visit your doctor regularly and carve out some time for exercise.  The Workout Club of Salem offers multiple classes for seniors and has offered to waive the $199.00 enrollment fee if we have 5 or more people sign up.  Contact to schedule a free trial day.  The Rockingham Mall opens its doors at 8:00 AM for “Mall Walkers”, and our senior center offers all kinds of classes and activities to enhance your well-being.  Our monthly “Just Because” dinners are also a great way to relax and take a break from cooking.


  1. Remember, you are not alone!  Seek support from other caregivers.  The Greater Salem Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, led by a professionally trained facilitator, meets at the Salem Senior Center on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:30-3:00 (Please call Patti Drelick at 603-818-9172 for more information). The Residence at Salem Woods offers a caregiver support group on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 11:30-12:30 with a light lunch, and Greystone has a support group scheduled for Wednesday, January 24th at 4:00 PM.  The Alzheimer’s Meet-up groups offer opportunities to get out with other caregivers and their loved ones- check it out at


  2. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things that people can do to help you.  Enlist their support to shovel, cook, shop or just visit with your loved one so you can take care of you.


  3. Take that vacation- to visit a friend or your grandchildren.  Many of the local assisted living communities offer short-term respite stays.  You’d be amazed at how rejuvenating a short vacation from the stress of daily caregiving can be.


  4. Organize and update your medical information, and ensure your legal documents are in order.


  5. ServiceLink is a great resource for any senior related information – 866-634-9412.

Take time to breathe, to laugh, and to forgive yourself if necessary.  Enjoy the moments as those are yours to cherish – take a walk, hold hands, sing, dance, laugh…….


Happy New Year!





PS.  If you haven’t already, please send in a few pictures of your loved one when they were younger – especially of something that may spark nice memories:  weddings, children, birthdays, etc.

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