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Elder Care Current Workshops

The Elder Care program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to aging and caregiving presented by professionals and peer advocates.


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Fall Workshops 2022

*Please note that all Elder Care workshops will be offered virtually this fall*

Caring for Those Who Care: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Family Caregivers

Tuesday, Sept. 13th, Noon - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Nina Darby, Diverse Elders Coalition

This training provides an opportunity for participants to learn the unique experiences and needs of older adults and caregivers from communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and LGBTQ+ communities. The curriculum was created and informed by the voices of diverse family caregivers themselves, who attended focus groups and responded to a national caregiving survey to share their experiences. Training participants will deepen their understanding of culture and learn how to best support diverse family caregivers.


Caregiving With Your Siblings: How Feuding Famililes Can Become Peaceful Partners

Thursday, October 6th, Noon - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Katharina W. Dress, MA, Aging in Harmony

In this workshop, participants will explore the communication challenges adult children are facing when sharing caregiving duties for their aging loved ones. How can they overcome their differences and get on the same page across generations? Through presentation and participatory exercises, Katharina Dress will share different tools that can help prevent, manage and resolve conflicts on the Elder Care journey.


Estate Planning, Advance Directives, and Medi-Cal - The Basics

Tuesday, Nov. 15th; Noon - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Bruce A. Feder and Will Doyle

This workshop will provide an overview of estate planning with a focus on longterm care for yourself or a loved one.  We will discuss the essential components of longterm care planning, including durable power of attorney for finance, advance healthcare directive, conservatorship, and living trusts. We will also review how to qualify or prepare to qualify for Medi-Cal which is the only insurance that covers ongoing longterm care in a skilled nursing facility. The presenters are knowledgable and make longterm care planning easy to understand.


Community Services to Support Aging in Place

Thursday, Dec. 1st; Noon - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Natasha Boissier, LCSW, BWAW Elder Care Program

This workshop will provide an overview of primary community services and government programs available to support elders and younger adults living with disabilities age in place. We will also review services available to support family caregivers. 


Caregiver Connect

Caregiver Connect is a psychoeducational support group for caregivers concerned about or caring for an elder or younger adult with a chronic health issue. Caregiver Connect provides a safe space to discuss and gain support regarding your caregiving situation, as well as an opportunity to discover practical coping tips, care strategies and community resources. The group meets virtually on the first Tuesday of the month, and the third Friday of the month from 11 am -12 pm. Drop-ins are welcome and you are not required to attend both groups each month.

These small group meetings are facilitated by Be Well At Work's Elder Care Counselor Natasha Boissier, LCSW.

To register, please email kpatchell@berkeley.edu

Be Well at Work Events

Be Well at Work offers a variety of workshops throughout the semester. Topics presented focus on stress management and regenerative activities such as yoga, cooking, and dancing. Learn more about our current offerings.