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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. They are presented by professionals with specialized knowledge, and by the Elder Care Counselor, Maureen Kelly.  

ENROLLMENT

UC Berkeley Faculty and Staff:

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LBNL Employees:
Please call Employee Assistance at (510) 643-7754 to register.

Fall 2019 Workshops

Effective Communication Strategies

Tuesday, 10/1; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Dori Sproul, Alzheimer's Association

Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

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Decreasing an Elder's Isolation and Loneliness

Wednesday,10/16; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speakers: Joy Zhang, Mon Ami and Amber Carroll, Covia Community Services 

With the loss of family, friends, and community, an elder may be more alone now than at any other time in their lives, leaving them vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness. In addition, they may be at increased risk for related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression and heart disease. This class will provide education around social isolation, loneliness and associated risk factors, as well as presentations about resources to increase connection and meaning in an elder’s life, while providing respite for caregivers.

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Grief, Loss, and the Healing Process During the Holidays

Tuesday, 11/5; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Cheryl Krauter, MFT

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This can be a tough time of year for those who are dealing with aging and illness  ... not only for them but for their partners, families, friends and communities. The pressure to celebrate, to be happy and full of joy can be exhausting.  How do we meet grief and loss with authenticity and compassion so that the experience is honest and meaningful? 

We’ll look at ways that we can meet.

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Caring for the Caregiver

Wednesday, 12/4; 12:10 – 1:30 pm, Tang Education Center
Speaker: Maureen Kelly, Ed.D, LCSW, UC Elder Care Program

As the population ages and our health systems provide less and less care, more caregiving responsibilities are being borne by family members. Caregiver stress, a result of the emotional and physical strain of caregiving, is reported at much higher levels by family caregivers than by non-caregivers.  Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient among us and impacts health. Caregivers, especially women, are at risk for anxiety and depression, suppressed immune system, obesity and heart disease, a loss of concentration and focusing. Elder caregivers who ignore their own health may know the risks, but find it difficult or impossible to make room for themselves. This supportive workshop will provide education, suggestions, and resources for the care of family caregivers.

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Summer Series for Caregivers 2019

Caregiver Challenges: Memory Loss & Resistance

Wednesday, June 5th; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, Elder Care Program

This workshop will focus on specific challenges related to caring for an older adult, including caring for an elder with memory loss and caring for an elder who resists help.  Strategies for self-care will be shared. Resources provided.

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Caregiver Challenges: Roles & Responsibilities

Wednesday, June 26th; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, Elder Care Program

This workshop will focus on specific challenges related to caring for an older adult, including roles and responsibilities of the caregiver and other family members; the caregiver-care receiver relationship; expectations you and others have of you; and feeling responsible but not having control.  Strategies for self-care will be shared.  Resources provided.

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Caregiver Stress: Competing Demands & Finances

Wednesday, July 10th; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Maureen Kelly, Ed.D., LCSW, Elder Care Program

This workshop will focus on the stressors associated with caregiving, including competing demands, such as work, family and personal, as well as finances for care. Strategies for self-care will be shared.

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Caregiver Grief: Losses Associated with Aging

Tuesday, July 23rd; 12:10 – 1:30 pm, Tang Education Center
Speaker: Maureen Kelly, Ed.D, LCSW, Elder Care Program

In this workshop we will identify various losses associated with aging and how these changes may be experienced by an elder, the caregiver, and other family members; recognize grieving as an active and important process; and try to differentiate between grief and depression.

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Employee Assistance Workshops

Employee Assistance (formerly know as CARE Services) 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.