Even though we are finally enjoying a little Summer weather, the Fall semester is upon us. Although your caregiving responsibilities are ever-present, I hope some of you were able to take some time away over the past few months for a little rest and relaxation. Perhaps you visited with an elder and were actively engaged in their caring, and are now trying to negotiate assistance for the changes you saw. Please know I am here to assist you with this process.

I want to thank those of you who attended the Summer Series for Caregivers. It was a rich experience for me and hopefully for you as well.

Our Fall workshops commence at the end of this month beginning with Depression in Later Life . We often don't realize that an elder may be depressed or grieving, yet knowing the signs can aid us with how to respond and where to seek assistance. Please consider attending this workshop if you feel it is a topic that will be helpful to you and your elder. Below is the complete list of workshops and information about registration. I hope you will be able to attend the ones that are of interest to you.

Please remember, you are always welcome to contact the Elder Care Program to meet with me individually, or to have a phone consult if that is easier for you. I am happy to assist you with your elder care concerns.

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

Fall 2017 Elder Care Workshops

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

Depression in Later Life
Wednesday, Sept. 27
Tang Ed. Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Depression is a disease that affects people of all ages, but is both more common and more serious for those over sixty. Although depression is not a normal part of aging, many risk factors such as health problems, physical limitations, the loss of loved ones, and fears about financial issues, contributes to late-life depression. This important workshop will focus on an often overlooked aging issue which can result in serious consequences.

Legal Toolbox for Navigating a Loved One's Care
Wednesday, Oct. 4th
Tang Ed. Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Proper planning for a loved one's or your future care takes careful thought which can reduce the stress and burden on the family during a crisis. The presenters will provide valuable legal information you may want in your toolbox when managing a loved one's care.

Long Distance Caregiving
Wednesday, Nov. 8th
Tang Ed. Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
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.  Resources provided. 

Lifting Your Spirits: Caring for the Caregiver
Tuesday, Dec. 12th
Tang Ed. Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Caring for a person with dementia can be one of the most stressful things we will ever do. Stress can take its toll. Learn strategies on how to successfully manage caregiving and provide a good quality of life for yourself and the person you are caring for.  
Register for this class

Campus Memorial 
The Campus Memorial remembers and honors the lives of campus members who have passed away during the previous year.

For those unable to attend, a video will be available on YouTube following the event.

When: Monday, September 18th, 2017
13th Annual Circle of Care: Family/Care Partner Retreat
This is a day for family members and care partners to recharge and walk away feeling encouraged and empowered!  Leading researchers will present key tips for staying healthy whether you are living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, or caring for a partner, friend or family member.  Experts will share strategies for improving communication, creating meaningful moments, and bringing more laughter and joy into every day. There will be ample time to learn about local resources through an interactive exhibitor fair. 

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 31st
Time: 9 am - 3:15 pm
Where: Crowne Plaza, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City
Cost: $30 - Scholarships and  Respite Care available

Healing the Healer: A Daylong for Compassion, Self-Care, and Restorative Practices

This daylong is offered to those that are in service to others, bringing together healers and caregivers to learn and re­learn self­care practices.

Offering strategies for surviving and thriving, this daylong will work through meditation practices and interactive exercises, and will explore how to manage vicarious trauma and burnout to support healers in their own healing.

Where: East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St. Oakland
When: Sunday, Oct. 1st
Time: 10 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: You can offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class.

Space is limited & registration is required. 
Email for registration 
     Honoring the Person, Promises and Practices

This webinar from the Alzheimer's Association will address practical tips for caring for your loved one at home or in a residential community while fostering choices, dignity and respect. Discover practical tools to incorporate their unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and every-day needs into each day.

Speaker: Nancy Schier Anzelmo
Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits

Social Security is more complicated than most people realize.  The decisions you make now can affect the amount of benefits you stand to receive over your lifetime.  You've paid into the Social Security program for over 30 years and you should learn how to get the maximum benefits  to which you are entitled.  

Where: Dublin Public Library, 200 Civic Plaza
When: Saturday, Sept. 9th 
Time: 2 - 3:30 pm
Cost: Free

For more information email:
Documentary:Backing Out of Time
"Backing Out of Time" is a compassionate documentary film telling the stories of five diverse family caregivers over a three year time period who are navigating the labyrinthine and often heartbreaking terrain of caring for their aging and increasingly dependent parents who suffer from Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. 

Balancing the serious and heartfelt journeys of the individuals and their families with an upbeat, solutions-oriented, and positive perspective, each of the five stories, highlights adult children who are trying to do the best for their parents, while navigating their way through understanding the illness itself, personal expectations, and systemic obstacles for which they were unprepared and lack enough support.
In This Issue
Quick Links


Alzheimer's -NorCal

Elder Care Locator

-  Family Caregiver Alliance

Book Recommendations 

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a moving portrait of an elderly man's struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family's efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

"A novella to be savored and reread about a boy, his dad and his grandpa as they learn to say goodbye. It's a little book with a big message." 

- The San Francisco Chronicle


Based on the "field notes" she keeps in her journal, Memory's Last Breath is Gerda Saunders' astonishing window into a life distorted by dementia. She writes about shopping trips cut short by unintentional shoplifting, car journeys derailed when she loses her bearings, and the embarrassment of forgetting what she has just said to a room of colleagues. Coping with the complications of losing short-term memory, Saunders nonetheless embarks on a personal investigation of the brain and its mysteries, examining science and literature.

"Saunders...writes bravely about her early-onset dementia diagnosis, and nicely bridges the intensely personal experience of her failing mind with examinations of neurological science..."

- Publishers Weekly

The End of Life Radio

Producer, JoAnn Mar spent the last year doing research and interviewing physicians, medical experts, and patients. The results of her research are included in The End of Life Radio Project, which examines four important components of end-of-life care: Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care, Advance Health Care Directives, and Physician-Assisted Dying.

Click here to listen

About Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

As part of Employee Assistance, the program offers confidential, free 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 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