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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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Spring 2023 Workshops

Difficult Conversations: Caring For A Loved One with Cognitive Loss

Thursday, January 19th, 12:10 - 1:30 pm, **In-Person Event**
University Health Services, Tang Education Center, 2222 Bancroft Way

Speaker: Dori Sproul, MA, Alzheimer's Association

When someone is showing signs of dementia or cognitive loss, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with the person you are concerned about so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care.


The Benefits of Yoga Therapy for Neurodegenerative Conditions

Wednesday, February 15th,  12:10 - 1:30 pm, **In-person Event**  Max participants: 15
University Health Services, Tang Education Center, 2222 Bancroft Way

Speaker: Petra Fibrichova, C-IAYT

This workshop will introduce you to the benefits of yoga therapy for neurodegenerative conditions. Yoga therapy is a healing modality that addresses all aspects of our being through the tools of yoga. We will experience the benefits of yoga on the whole person, positively affecting the physical body, energy, mood, and outlook on life with chronic disease. You will be taught two seated mini-yoga sequences you can do for yourself and with the person you are caring for, one for calming and one for energizing the body and mind. The sequence will include a few physical movements, breathing exercise, and a hand gesture (mudra). Please wear comfortable clothing. This Workshop is limited to 15 participants.


Financial Planning for Longterm Care

Thursday, March 23rd; 1 pm - 2:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Kenneth Leung, Millar Financials

With rising costs of medical expenses, planning for Long Term Care for yourself or a loved one can be complex and challenging. Solutions require all, or a combination of, the coordination of the family’s personal and financial resources, insurance benefits, and public benefits planning. Come learn more about the various Financial Planning options for Long Term Care.


Effective Communication Strategies In Dementia Care

Thursday, April 27th; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Dori Sproul, MA, Alzheimer's Association

Learn how communication takes place when someone is living with any form of dementia. By the end of the program, you will be able to: · Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease. · Explain the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease. · Decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone living with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person. ·Identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.


Grief Management for Family Caregivers

Tuesday, May 16th; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Natasha Boissier, LCSW, Elder Care Program

Grief is usually thought of as a reaction after someone has died. Family caregivers, however, often start grieving while the person they are caring for is alive, resulting in a confusing duality. This workshop will provide an overview of grief, as well as discuss the elements of grief specific to providing care for a loved one living with a serious health condition. We will explore healing and supportive resources for participants to consider as they move through the caregiver's journey.


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 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.