Elder Care Program Newsletter Fall 2018
Dear All,

We hope you were able to get away from both work and caregiver responsibilities, even for a day, during the Summer. We appreciate that for some of you, time away included a visit with an elder who is geographically distant. This may have resulted in an increase in responsibilities, as an elder's decline was evident. Please know our program is here to assist you in any way with your elder's needs, to provide resources both local and long distance, and also to support you.

For those of you who were able to attend the Summer Series for Caregivers, we hope the sessions and resources were helpful. We valued our time together in the smaller, more intimate classes.

This Fall, we are presenting new workshops, with the exception of Essential Legal Planning in November. During Open Enrollment, we have the option to enroll in ARAG, UC's legal insurance. If you have not done so already, you may want to attend this workshop, enroll in ARAG, and meet with an ARAG attorney to do your own estate plan. For a complete list of Elder Care Workshops, please see below.

We also invite you to attend the workshops offered by our other Be Well At Work Programs.

Please remember, if you have an elder care concern that is beyond the scope of the workshops, consider scheduling a one-on-one appointment with Maureen by calling

Take care,

Maureen Kelly, Elder Care Counselor
Karen Patchell, Elder Care Coordinator

Fall 2018 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.

Assisted Living Options for Seniors
Tuesday, September 25th
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Moving from home is rarely an easy decision for an elder and their family. Understanding the options, however, can help you and them navigate this journey. This workshop will present the various housing options available to seniors at the assisted living level of care, how to finance it, and considerations for engaging professional help, such as placement specialists and geriatric care managers.

Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body
Wednesday, October 10th
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
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 .

Essential Legal Planning
Tuesday, November 6th
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Thoughtful planning for your and your loved one's future care, includes legal considerations. This workshop will review necessary information and documents you will need in your legal toolbox. These include:
* Durable Power of Attorney for health care and finances
* Living Trust
* Advanced Health Care Directive
* Physician Ordered Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST)  

Emotional Aspects of Caregiving
Friday, December 7th
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
"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
Come to this interactive workshop to contemplate and acknowledge, the multitude of emotions accompanying the caregiving journey.
Register for this class
FCA: Three-Part Dementia Class
Class 1: Understanding Dementia
Participants will learn what dementia is and what causes it, the differences between dementia-related cognitive changes and age-related ones, the importance of getting a diagnosis, and treatments for dementia symptoms.

Class 2: Understanding and Communicating with Someone with Dementia 
Participants will learn to better understand and communicate with a person with dementia by identifying the losses they experience, and learning to work with the abilities they retain. Common caregiver feelings like grief, loss, and denial will be addressed.

Class 3: Understanding and Responding to Problem Behavior
Participants will learn to address problem behavior, identify causes or triggers of these behaviors, learn how to recognize and handle caregiver anger, and use the ABC Method to manage problem behavior.

Employee Assistance Fall Workshops 2018
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: Eve Fine, Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic
Wednesday, September 26th

Speaker: Genee Jackson, Ph.D
Thursday, November 8th

Speaker: Nicole Sudduth, LCSW
Wednesday, December 6th

Be Well at Work - Work/Life presents: Navigating the System: Social Security Retirement

Worried about what to expect from Social Security? Find out what Social Security retirement benefits and options are available to you and your family (including divorced spouse benefits), as well as when and how to file a claim.

Where: Tang Education Center
When: Wednesday, September 12th
Time: 12:10 - 1:30 pm

                                        Register Here
 Campus Memorial

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

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

When: Monday, September 10th, 2018

Peninsula Senior Care Options: A Panel Discussion

Do you have questions about care options for yourself or a family member? Always Best Care, a provider of in-home care and assisted living referrals, will moderate a panel discussion about senior care services, including in-home care and assisted living on the Peninsula.  Present will be Norman Aleman who works for the Human Services Agency and oversees Veteran services within the county, a caregiver, and a family member.

Where: South SF Public Library, 840 W. Orange Avenue
When: Thursday, September 6th
Time: 5 pm - 6 pm
In This Issue
Book Recommendations 

  "I Found My Tribe: A Memoir" - Ruth Fitzmaurice

Ruth's tribe are her lively children and husband Simon Fitzmaurice who has ALS and can only communicate with his eyes. Ruth's other "tribe" are the friends who gather at the cove, and regularly throw themselves into the freezing cold Irish water, just for kicks.

The Tragic Wives' Swimming Club, as they jokingly call themselves, meet to cope with the extreme challenges life puts in their way. Swimming is just one of the daily coping strategies as Ruth fights to preserve the strong but now silent connection with her husband.

As she tells the story of their marriage, from diagnosis to their long-standing precarious situation, Ruth also charts her passion for swimming in the wild Irish Sea.

An invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder,  I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world, and the brightness of life.


The death of someone we hold dear may be inevitable; being paralyzed by our grief is not. A growing body of research has revealed our capacity for resilient grieving, our innate ability to respond to traumatic loss by finding ways to grow-by becoming more engaged with our lives, and discovering new, profound meaning.

Resilient Grieving offers an empowering alternative to the five-stage K├╝bler-Ross model of grief-and makes clear our inherent capacity for growth following the trauma of a loss that changes everything.

About Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

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

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

(510) 643-7754