Dear All,

Greetings of the New Year! I hope you were able to get a little rest over the campus closure. While time off may have provided you with a well-deserved break from the demands of the workplace, your caregiving concerns may have continued, or even increased. Some of you may have provided respite to an elder's usual caregiver or shared in caregiving duties, or perhaps you spent time visiting elders who are geographically distant. Winter is typically a difficult time for older people as the risk of contracting viruses and infections increases. And as their daily routines are disrupted by increased or different activities around the holidays, you may have observed more confusion or fatigue. Depression is more pronounced in the winter also, especially as elders are no longer able to organize or participate in meaningful festivities or observations as they once did. Remember, all of this takes a toll on you too. Please be gentle with yourselves as you begin the semester. 
We are offering three new workshops this Spring. In January, Dr. Michelle Peticolas will return with her workshop,  Caring for the Dying: The Art of Being Present. After guiding us through the process of dying with her film and discussion last Spring, she will now focus on caring for someone who is dying. We hope you will consider joining us for this important presentation and discussion. Our Qigong workshop was well-received in the Fall, and we would like to continue offering you stress relief techniques that are easy and accessible to you.  In February, we are offering Breema: Moving Meditation for Caregivers. HICAP will return in March to explain the ABC's of Long Term Care, both for an elder and for you, including a discussion about long term care insurance. Finally, in April, the Alzheimer's Association will present:  Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies. A full description of the workshops and information about registering is below.

As always, you are welcome to contact the Elder Care Program to make an appointment with me privately about your elder care concerns. Please call 510-643-7754 to set up an in-person or phone appointment.

Take care,

Maureen   Kelly, LCSW,  Ed. D, Elder Care Counselor
Karen Patchell, MA, Elder Care Program Coordinator

Spring 2017 Elder Care Workshops

Be sure to go to the  Elder Care Workshops   page to learn more about these upcoming workshops, additional information about the speakers, dates and times, and registration details.

Caring for the Dying
Tuesday, January 31st 
Tang Ed. Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
In the face of impending death, the caregiver's needs are often overlooked. Participants will view Dr. Peticolas' film, Caring for Dying: the art of being present, about the experiences of three individuals who accompanied their dying loved ones. Workshop participants will be invited to share their own stories if they wish. Goals of the workshop include:

* Learning strategies for staying present
* Gaining insight about the spiritual/emotional rewards of caring for the dying
* Discovering the power of self-forgiveness and letting go

Breema: Moving Meditation for Caregivers 
Thu 2/23; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Angela Porter, Oakland Breema Center
This interactive self-care workshop will introduce Caregivers to Breema, a body centered meditation/mindfulness practice that creates an experience of relaxation, balance, and harmony. Practicing Breema supports physical and psychological flexibility, mental clarity, vitality, and emotional balance. Participants will engage in various movements, including gentle stretches, rhythmic movements, and postures. No special equipment, clothing, or ability is needed.

ABC's of Long Term Care
Wed 3/15; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Janet Van Deusen, HICAP Program Manager
Learn the difference between Medicare coverage and long term care, ways of getting long term care and options for financing it; the pros and cons of LTC insurance and guidelines for purchasing it.

Dementia: Effective Communication Strategies 
Thu 4/20; 12:10 - 1:30 pm, Tang Ed Center
Speaker: Stephanie Bonigut, Alzheimer's Association
This program was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.

Topics covered include:
* Identify the communication changes that happen due to Alzheimer's disease.
* Learn how to decode verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia.
* Identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Employee Assistance Spring Workshops 2017 
Be sure to go to the Employee Assistance Workshops page to learn more about these upcoming workshops, including more about the speakers, the times, and registration information.

Speaker: Dana Walsh, MFT
Wednesday, February 8th

Happiness in Retirement
Speaker: Leslie Bell, PhD. LCSW
Wednesday, February 8th

Mindfulness and Mood: Practices to Stabilize the Mind
Speaker: Ronna Kabatznick
Wednesday, February 22nd

Speakers: Beth Argus, MFT
Thursday, March 16th

Speaker: Dana Walsh, MFT
Wednesday, April 5th

Speaker: Leslie Bell, PhD. LCSW
Wednesday, April 19th

Be Well at Work Spring Programs

As part of University Health Services, Be Well at Work offers faculty and staff an array of services that will help you lead a healthy and balanced life. These services include employee assistance, disability assistance, ergonomics, wellness, work-related medical treatment and work/life services and workshops. For a list of all upcoming workshops, please click here.

Living With Alzheimer's: For Middle Stage Care Partners

This 3-part series is open to
care partners of individuals with
Alzheimer's disease or another form
of dementia in the middle stage.

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care for your loved one in
this 3-part series.

When: Thursdays, February 16th, & 23rd, March 2nd Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Creekside Community Church, 951 Macarthu Blvd. San Leandro, CA 94577

Pre-registration is required to attend. 
Contact Dori Sproul at 408.372.9954 or dsproul@alz.org to register.
Women Caring for their Woman Partners Support Group  

Feeling overwhelmed caring for your female partner? Don't feel like you fit in at the usual support groups? Lavender Seniors of the East Bay is now offering a support group for women caring for their woman partners. 

When: Every other Friday
Time: 1 pm
Where: 2041 Bancroft Way, Suite 307, Berkeley.

Please RSVP to Patricia at particia@LavenderSeniors.org or 510.574.2091
Senior Centers Without Walls: Nationwide Expansion

Senior Center Without Walls began in 2004 with the goal of providing a community for isolated seniors to connect with a greater community via their telephones or computers. Since then, Senior Center Without Walls has expanded nationwide and is available to many elders across the country. Each week, seniors can access over 70 groups by phone or online, all from the comfort of home.
Rethinking Memory Loss 

Are you sometimes confused or frustrated trying to communicate with an older adult who has memory loss? Do you ever wonder what's going on inside the person?

This interactive class, held by the Piedmont Adult School & Soul 2 Soul, will teach you about the language of symbols and how to use them to enhance your relationship.

When: Saturday, February 4th
Time: 9:30 am - 3 pm
Where: Piedmont Adult School, 800 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont
Cost: $68

Register online at www.piedmontadultschool.org or call 510.594.2655

This four week class offers new skills and tools for fami
ly caregivers who care for a loved one with Al zheimer's disease or related dementias.
You will:

- Learn more about your relative's ability to understand and communicate.
- Learn new skills to handle troubling behavior.
- Feel more confident and positive about your caregiving role.

When: Four consecutive Thursdays;  March 2, 9, 16, and 23. You will need to attend all sessions.

Where:  West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline Street, Oakland
(1724 Adeline Street

Please contact Calvin Hu at (415) 434-3388 x 313 for more information.

In This Issue
Tough End-of-Life Conversations KALW Series

Elder Care Hands

"Carrying on an end-of-life conversation can be difficult and awkward at first.  It takes skill and patience to find the right language."

Book Recommendations

"A Loving Approach to Dementia Care: Making Meaningful Connections with the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementia or Memory Loss" - Laura Wayman

Caring for someone with dementia means devotedly and patiently doing a hundred little things each day. This book offers practical, compassionate advice on overcoming caregiving obstacles and maintaining meaningful relationships with loved ones who have dementia and memory loss.


"A Man Called Ove" -
  Fredrik Backman

"A light hearted, deeply moving novel about a grumpy but loveable curmudgeon who finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. This quirky debut is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the impact one life has on countless others-and an absolute delight." CBS Local

Free Museum Tours 

The Alzheimer's Association is delighted to continue their partnership with local museums including Oakland Museum of California, de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, and Cantor Arts Center in 2017 to provide free private art tours to individuals living with early stage dementia or Alzheimer's, and their care partners.

Please contact Lan Trinh at ltrinh@alz.org or 800-272-3900 for more information.

Technology Aids

The following technologies may help you save time, money, and worries when caring for an elder.

Amazon Echo

Whether you use the Amazon Echo to read books to your elder, keep them updated on current events, vocally add reminders or create shopping lists, this product can assist you in many areas of  caregiving while also connecting your elder to a larger community.

Transportation Apps.

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft can offer elders who no longer drive, the freedom to run errands, see friends, continue hobbies, and independently go to doctor's appointments. 

4 Tips for Better Sleep While Caregiving

"Adequate sleep - generally seven to eight hours per night - has restorative powers. Too little sleep has been associated with increased appetite, higher rates of depression and anxiety, more frequent traffic accidents, memory problems and more....Many family caregivers, contending with their role's responsibilities and challenges, sleep even less than most - though it's so crucial to maintain your own health when you're caring for another."

Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

The Elder Care Program, part of Employee Assistance and Be Well at Work, offers confidential, no cost assistance for current UC Berkeley faculty and staff and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory employees who are caring for or concerned about an elder or dependent adult. 

The Elder Care Counselor, Maureen Kelly, is available to answer your questions, help set p riorities, refer you to resources and provide support.

If you'd like to schedule an appointment with Maureen, please call

 (510) 643-7754

"A little chance encounter." 

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