Elder Care Program Newsletter Spring 2019
Dear All,

While we're all facing the New Year with uncertainty, some of you may also be feeling uncertainty in your caregiving situations. This time of year can be especially hard for elders as they experience more medical problems, a corresponding increase in frailty, and the need for assistance. These changes may lead to increased anxiety for you, as you struggle to understand their care needs, find solutions, and make arrangements for care. 

If you find yourself faced with increasing or new caregiving demands, remember that while we often can't control the changes that come our way, we may have choices in how we respond. Taking care of yourself may be one response. 

Please remember that the Elder Care Program is here to help ease some of your stress related to your concerns. If you wish to schedule an appointment to meet with Maureen, please call   510-643-7754. 

Take care,

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

Spring 2019 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.

Conversations about Dementia
Wednesday , Febrauary 13th
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Learn helpful tips to guide you in having difficult conversations with family members, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Using Your Smart Phone to Care for Seniors
Wednesday, March 13th
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Learn of the latest apps, tools, wearables and technology available to care for someone you love with dignity. Ideas will include communicating with siblings near and far, home safety and content from trusted resources.

Hoarding: How to Help a Love One
Wednesday, April 10th
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Therapists and Professional Organizers from "In Order To...Organize" based in Oakland, CA and Chicago, IL will share techniques, resources and ways to care for yourself when faced with trying to help a loved one struggling with hoarding issues.  Learn how to focus on the person and less on the "stuff" while supporting the loved one to accept help in the face of a complex challenge; understand ways to support the emotional and physical challenges when faced with extreme clutter; creative ways to help when finances are tight or someone refuses help.     

Long Distance Caregiving
Wednesday, May 1st
Tang Ed Center, 12.10 - 1.30 pm
Being a long distance caregiver to an elder brings its own set of challenges. Assessing needs and navigating resources from afar can be stressful and complicated.  This interactive workshop examines when and how to help, how to locate resources in your elder's area, and how to seek support for yourself.
Employee Assistance Spring Workshops 2019
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.

Thursday, March 14th

Thursday, April 11th

Habits: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Wednesday, May 29th
Balancing Technology Theme 

Technology is always around us. From smart devices to social media platforms, most of us are constantly digitally connected. While our ever-changing technology definitely has its benefits, there are also risks. This semester, Be Well at Work can help you find a tech/life balance. You can learn about the potential risks of technology, healthy technology habits, and ways to reconnect with others and yourself. 

See the Balancing Technology webpage for more information.

Free Adult Occupational Therapy
Samuel Merritt University's Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
is offering free therapy sessions to adults seeking to improve the ability to perform an important daily activity. Examples of these activities include dressing, grooming, bathing, using the toilet, cooking, cleaning, transportation, use of the computer, and playing sports. Sessions occur over nine consecutive Monday afternoons (from February to April), focusing on improving strength or mobility.

When: Mondays, 50 min. sessions from Feb. to Apr. starting at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, or 3:30 pm
Where: Samuel Merritt University, 4th Floor, 450 30th Street, Oakland

Creative Insight Tours for People with Dementia

Designed for people with early-stage Alzheimer's or a related disorder, and their care partners, this event is multisensory and interactive, offering opportunities for dialogue and meaningful connection. Tours include a hands-on art studio.  Registration is required. 

Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
When: Tuesday, February 19th 
Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Contact Vanessa Souza at vsouza@alz.org or Call 408-372-9976 for more information

Dementia Caregiver Wellness Day

Presence Care Project and Zen Hospice Project invite you to participate in various wellness related activities, that can help boost your resilience and sustain your wellness as you continue on your journey.
This event will offer 4 1-1/2 hour sessions, including soundbath/restorative yoga, nature walks/practicing awe, improv for caregivers, art and an opportunity to connect with others.

Where: 1199 9th Avenue, San Francisco
When: Saturday, March 30th
Time: 9 am to 4.30 pm

Katy Butler, The Art of Dying Well

Award-winning journalist Katy Butler is the author of the New York Times Bestseller Knocking on Heaven's Door.
Her new book,  The Art of Dying Well, is a reassuring and thorough guide to living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. The book shares helpful insights and true stories to help you learn how to thrive in later life, even with a chronic medical condition, get the best from our health system, and make your own "good death" more likely.

Where: 1670 South Amphlett Boulevard, #300, 
San Mateo
When: Thursday, February 28th
Time: 6:30 pm - 8 pm

In This Issue
Book Recommendations 

Told through the stories of Dr. Devi's patients,  The Spectrum of Hope is the kind of narrative medical writing that grips the reader, humanizes the science, and offers equal parts practical advice and wisdom with skillful ease. Here are chapters on how to maintain independence and dignity; how to fight depression, anxiety, and apathy; how to communicate effectively with a person suffering from dementia. Plus chapters on sexuality, genetics, going public with the diagnosis, even putting together a bucket list-because through her practice, Dr. Devi knows that the majority of Alzheimer's patients continue to live and work in their communities.


In a precise and captivating narrative, Lee navigates fearlessly between chronologies, weaving her childhood humiliations and joys together with the story of the early days of her marriage; and then later, in painstaking and unflinching detail, her stroke and every upset, temporary or permanent, that it causes.
Lee processes her stroke and illuminates the connection between memory and identity in an honest, meditative, and truly funny manner, utterly devoid of self-pity. And as she recovers, she begins to realize that this unexpected and devastating event provides a catalyst for coming to terms with her true self.

Free Seminar: Transportation Challenges & Options
Not sure what you're going to do if you can't drive anymore? Learn about all the transportation resources available in our community.

Lafayette Library - Contra Costa County Library, 3491 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette

Wed. February 6th

10 am - 11:30 am

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