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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.  


UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, Visiting Scholars, and Postdocs:

  1. Click on the "date" or “enroll” hyperlink to the UCB Learning Center.
  2. Enter your CalNet Passphrase.
  3. Click "Submit."

LBNL Employees:

  1. Please call Employee Assistance at (510) 643-7754 to register.

Spring 2021 Workshops

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

The Emotional Aspects of Caregiving

Tuesday, 1/26; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Maureen Kelly, Elder Care Program

“Caregiving is a temporary stage in a relationship which will take you to a level of compassion that you have never before experienced…” Beth Witrogen McLeod.
Caring for or concern for an elder creates a multitude of emotional responses, including anxiety, frustration, and guilt. It also can provide an opportunity for new self- awareness and self-compassion. In this workshop you will have an opportunity to contemplate and acknowledge the multitude of emotions accompanying the caregiving journey, and learn practices of self-compassion.


Financial Planning Options for Long Term Care

Wednesday, 2/10; 12:10 - 1:30 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.


Helping an Elder Remain at Home Safely

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

Caring for a frail elder or an elder with dementia, who may be living "independently" at home can create feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and helplessness as you struggle with how and when to help, and where to turn for reliable assistance. This informative workshop will help you better understand the various services available, both locally and long distance, that support an elder to remain at home safely. Home care, home health care, care management, assisted living, and the role of a fiduciary will be presented.


Communication and Dementia

Tuesday, 4/13; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Natasha Bossier

As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and as their ability to use words is lost, family members need new ways to connect with them. Join us to explore how communication changes for a person with Alzheimer’s, learn to decode their verbal and behavioral messages, and identify strategies to help you communicate at each stage of the disease.


Who Will Care For Me?

Wednesday, 5/19; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, via Zoom

Speaker: Maureen Kelly

Caregivers often do a good job of caring for others: a frail elder, a young child, a friend or partner, but often don’t have the time or capacity to care for themselves, including planning for their own later years. When you ask yourself, “Who will care for me,” the question may raise fears, uncertainty, denial, overwhelm, or paralysis. This workshop will serve as a starting point to help you begin to create a plan of emotional support, as well as to learn or review medical, legal, and financial considerations.


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.
These small group meetings will focus on a different topic each month. The format will consist of a brief introduction by Maureen Kelly, LCSW, BWAW Elder Care Counselor, with discussion and Q & A to follow. You are welcome to drop-in for any subject of interest. 

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.