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Caregiver Summer Series 2022

This summer, Elder Care will provide a three part series targeting the emotional wellbeing of Family Caregivers. We will look at some of the emotional processes related to caregiving that deserve as much attention as the endless to-do lists. In our first few sessions, we will explore two complicated feelings many caregivers live with, Guilt and Grief. In our third session, we will take a closer look at the Gifts of Caregiving - does caregiving have any rewards for caregivers? Guest speakers, all seasoned caregivers, will join us in conversation to share their experiences, as well as lessons learned.  Each topic will be presented in workshop format with interactive group discussions.

Please email employeeassistance@berkeley.edu to register for the following workshops. 

Moving Beyond The Burden of Guilt

Thursday, June 30, 2022, 12:10-1:30pm

Guest Speaker: Pamela Wirth, Founder, Power of Nature Coaching

As caregivers we can become depleted and critical about falling short of unquestioned 'shoulds' and self imposed expectations. How might we shift into a more gentle and self-replenishing mode that allows our own wellbeing while taking care of others? This session will explore simple tools to help restore balance to body, mind and emotions. Please have pen and paper handy.

Loss, Losing and Loosening”: Lessons of Grieving and Caregiving

*(Eric Poche)

Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 12:10-1:30pm -  

Guest Speaker:  Redwing Keyssar, RN, Palliative Care Clinician & Author

In this short workshop, we will consider a variety of ideas about grief and grieving taken from the seminal work of Elizabeth Kubler Ross’ “5 Stages of Grief” as well as the concepts of Frances Weller from his book, “The Wild Edge of Sorrow,” and the ideas of “Loss, Losing and Loosening” offered by Eric Poche, a long time educator in hospice and palliative care. 

All of these concepts, in relation to being a care-giver and care-receiver. We will have a conversation based on our own experiences and perhaps even a short writing exercise. Please bring pen/paper or your favorite instrument for writing!

Turning Challenges Into Gifts: A Caregiver’s Perspective

Tuesday, August 30th, 12:10-1:30pm 

Guest Speaker: Helen Medsger, Family Caregiver, Lewy Body Disease Association  Peer Mentor, Support Group Facilitator and member of  Federal Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research.

Having been a caregiver since her preteen years for a mother who suffered a catastrophic brain injury, Helen has gone on to provide primary care and health care advocacy for multiple members of her family with dementia, cancer, and heart disease. Her life’s journey, although exceptionally challenging, has taught her essential lessons and opened her eyes to the many hidden gifts that can seemingly come out of nowhere to accompany one along the way. In this presentation, she'll not only share her experiences but will speak on behalf of the many caregivers she supports to help educate and enlighten others as they embark on this journey.

To Register, please email:employeeassistance@berkeley.edu 

Elder Care Current Workshops

The Elder Care program offers monthly educational workshops and webinars on topics related to aging and caregiving. They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge.


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Spring 2022 Workshops

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

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Tuesday, 1/25; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Rita Hearn

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain
and the body are connected. But now, science is able to
provide insights into how to optimize our physical and
cognitive health as we age. Join us to learn about research
in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive
activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to
help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan
for healthy aging.


Aging With Pride: Caregiving and Dementia in the LGBTQ+ Community

Thursday, 2/3; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Amy Cunningham, Aging with Pride IDEA Project

Caring for a loved one with memory loss is difficult under the best of circumstances, but people in the LGBTQ community face additional challenges because of their identities and a lifetime of marginalization, stigma, and trauma. This presentation will include information about dementia and caregiving in the LGBTQ community. Aging with Pride: IDEA (Innovations in Dementia Empowerment and Action), the first federally funded program designed to help those experiencing memory loss and their caregivers in the LGBTQ community, will be highlighted.


Holistic Quality of Life: Creating Joyful Moments

Thursday, 3/3; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Kari Rogensky, MA., LMFT, & Mindy Cresson, MSW - Sponsored by the Hummingbird Project - Sage Elder Care

This presentation will inspire creative thinking on engaging older adults in joyful and meaningful experiences that enhance holistic quality of life. Utilizing a strengths-based approach, we will explore a variety of activities designed to support the physical, emotional, intellectual, environmental, creative, vocational, and spiritual domains of wellness. Participants will be introduced to resources that will support their efforts to successfully engage the older adults in their lives.


Meaningful Consent - Social and Legal Issues in Caring for Adults with Cognitive Changes

Tuesday, 4/12; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Janet Brush, Managing Director or Senior Alternatives, and Anna Le Mon, MPH, MSSW, Director of Care Management

Meaningful consent as applied to aging involves ensuring an older adult is provided every opportunity to make personal and financial decisions based on their current and past needs, wants and desires for as long as possible. But how is consent achieved for those living with cognitive loss? Legal Codes and Ethics of decision making will be discussed, as well as resources available to help navigate the process.


Going the Distance: Resillience and Self Care for Family Caregivers

Thursday, 5/5; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Christina Irving, Family Caregiver Alliance

Being a caregiver to family member or friend can be taxing physically, emotionally, and financially. Because of the many responsibilities family caregivers face, stress, anxiety, and social isolation are common experiences and caregivers often don't have much time for self-care. This webinar will discuss tools and tips to help caregivers cope with the isolation, stress, and anxiety of providing care through building resilience and finding practical ways to care for one's own well-being.


Caregiver Connect

Join the Elder Care Program for Caregivers Connect. The group will meet virtually on the first Tuesday of the month, and the third Friday of the month from 11 am -12 pm.
Caregivers Connect is a support group for caregivers concerned about or caring for an elder or younger adult with a chronic health issue.  The goal of Caregivers Connect is to provide a safe place to talk about your caregiving situation, as well as practical coping tips and support from your peers. 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

Employee Assistance Workshops

Employee Assistance offers workshops on a variety of issues either by request from departments, or by open enrollment in classes. Topics include, but are not limited to: stress management, instant relaxation, and coping with transition/change. See what workshops are currently on offer.