Senior Services


Windham Hospital is the hub for advanced medical and emergency services for the eastern region of Connecticut. In addition to the full continuum of care for people of every age, three programs focus specifically on the older adult.

Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging

The Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging, through its resources and services, can provide the solutions to many challenges facing the older adult and their loved ones/caregivers from step one to the end of the journey. Our geriatric care specialists can put together the many pieces of the puzzle to create a whole picture of an optimal quality of life, tailored for individual abilities, needs and goals at no cost.

Why the Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging?

Our wide spectrum of comprehensive services includes:

  • One-on-one consultations with our geriatric specialists and resource coordinators
  • Home safety and financial assessments and recommendations at no cost to the patient or family member
  • Knowledge regarding the costs, quality and availability of community resources
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care specialists
  • Programs and education including the free 80-page Dementia Caregiver Resource Guide
  • Coordination of access to many types of referrals including:
    • Medication support
    • Housing concerns
    • Caregiver support and respite options
    • In-home services
    • Elder law services
    • Assisted living
    • Adult day care centers
    • Skilled nursing facility long-term care
    • Geriatric care management

Contact us at 860.456.6785


GoodLife Fitness Program

GoodLife Fitness is an individualized exercise program geared toward older adults to build energy, strength, stamina and endurance for an active lifestyle.

Why GoodLife Fitness?

  • Senior-friendly exercise equipment in a smaller setting
  • Consultation with the primary care physician
  • Individualized exercise regimen that is modified as abilities change
  • One-on-one sessions with a designated exercise physiologist
  • Pre- and post-rehabilitation
  • Coordination with rehabilitation services
  • Development of personal goals with an eye to achievement

Benefits of GoodLife Fitness:

  • Improved muscular strength and stamina
  • Better balance
  • Reduced risk of falls and injuries
  • Support of cardiovascular health
  • Building of self-esteem and self-satisfaction
  • Greater independence
  • Improvement in performing daily activities

Contact us at 860.456.6821


Natchaug Hospital Older Adults Program

The Natchaug Hospital Adult Program serves men and women ages 55 and older* struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. Treatment is designed to address the unique needs and challenges faced by older adult patients in a group therapy environment.

Natchaug offers a holistic approach to treatment with multiple ways to engage clients in the treatment process. Older adults in the program will participate in a number of treatment approaches with a primary focus on intensive group therapy. Groups are primarily education, experiential and didactic with topics such as:

  • Stress management
  • Loss resolution
  • Life skill development
  • Relapse prevention
  • Medication education
  • Chronic illness management

In addition, older adults in the program may participate in:

  • Individual and family therapy sessions
  • Recreational and expressive therapies
  • Stress management
  • Development of coping skills
  • Medication management
  • Grief work and recovery
  • Patient education
  • Aftercare and discharge planning

Initial focus is to stabilize symptoms and immediate concerns. Treatment for older adults is short-term with a goal of improving overall functioning, assisting individuals in stepping-down to less intensive treatment. A holistic approach to treatment engages clients in the treatment process.

*Exceptions to the age range may be made based on need and assessment.

Contact us at 860.456.6793

Senior Services Contacts

Windham Hospital Senior Services offers the following support groups:

Alzheimer's Caregivers Group

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 10-11 am, in the Johnson Room. Free. 

Diabetes Support Group

Monthly diabetes support group. Topics vary.
First Wednesday of every month, 1 pm or 6 pm
Windham Hospital Diabetes Education Classroom
112 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic
FREE, Registration is preferred. 1.855.HHC.HERE.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

A support session for patients, family and caregivers will be followed by 30 minutes of LSVT Loud activities.
Second Wednesday of every month from 1–2 pm
Windham Hospital Family Health Center
5 Founders St., Willimantic, second floor conference room.
Registration is preferred. Call 1.855.HHC.HERE to register.

Cardiac support group – “Healing Hearts”

Different topics and guest speakers each month for the support of cardiac patients.
Second Thursday of every month from 7–8:30 pm
Windham Hospital
112 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic
Registration is not required.
Please call 860.456.6103 for information and topics.

Cancer support group

A weekly cancer support group for patients, family and caregivers with various topics
Every Wednesday from 5:30–7 pm
Johnson Room, third floor, Windham Hospital
112 Mansfield Avenue, Willimantic.
Free, Registration is preferred. Call 1.855.HHC.HERE.