I hope the season of renewal finds you feeling somewhat energized, especially since the rain appears to be behind us now. I know however, that your caregiving responsibilities have no defined seasons, and winter can be a trying time for elders and caregivers. Please know I am available to provide guidance, support, and resources for you. Contact the Elder Care Program (510) 643-7754, if you would like to schedule an appointment.

We will be offering the Summer Series for Caregivers again this year. The brown-bag classes will be held at the Tang Center over the lunch hour from 12:10-1:30. Topics include Caregiver Challenges such as finances, dementia, the care giver-care receiver relationship, and expectations you and others have of you. Caregiver Stress, including balancing work, family, and personal needs with caregiving, will also be presented. Finally, Caregiver Grief, including the losses we experience around aging, disease, and decline will be discussed and explored.

A description of the classes and dates are below. If you are interested in attending one or more of the classes, please register on LMS below. The classes are both lecture and participatory. If you can only attend for the first hour, that's fine. Everyone will receive a folder with resources.

We've also included a few community events that may be of interest to you, as well as some book recommendations.

We hope to see some of you over the Summer!

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

Summer Series for Caregivers 2017

Caregiver Challenges: Memory Loss & Resistance
Thursday, June 6th, Tang Ed. Center, Class of 42' 
Time: 12.10 - 1.30 pm
This workshop will focus on specific challenges related to caring for an older adult, including caring for an elder with memory loss and caring for an elder who resists help.  Strategies for self-care will be shared. Resources provided. 

Caregiver Challenges: Roles & Responsibilities
Wednesday, July 12th,   Tang Ed. Center, Class of 42' 
Time: 12.10 - 1.30 pm
This workshop will focus on specific challenges related to caring for an older adult, including roles and responsibilities of the caregiver and other family members; the caregiver-care receiver relationship; expectations you and others have of you; and feeling responsible but not having control.  Strategies for self-care will be shared.  Resources provided.

Caregiver Stress: Competing Demands & Finances
Tuesday, July 25th, Tang Ed. Center, Class of 42'  
Time: 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. 

Caregiver Grief: Losses Associated with Aging
Wednesday, August 8th,  Tang Ed. Center, Class of 42' 
Time: 12.10 - 1.30 pm
In this workshop we will identify various losses associated with aging and how these changes may be experienced by an elder, the caregiver, and other family members; recognize grieving as an active and important process; and try to differentiate between grief and depression.  Strategies for self-care will be shared.  Resources provided.  
Register for this class

Talking with Aging Parents: IOA's Communication Style Quiz 

As a caregiver, communicating with your aging loved one about situations that impact their health, finances, and personal lives can often lead to conflicting opinions and tense conversations. Before engaging in these conversations, it helps to understand how you and your loved one prefer to communicate. When you understand how best to speak to one another, you can work together to make good decisions, adjust to changes, and rise to the challenges and opportunities of aging in today's world. 

Institute on Aging currently offers a simple online quiz which  helps you and your loved one determine your dominant communication styles in order to have more productive conversations and be able to reach decisions with less conflict.
They've also provided strategies on how to communicate about common aging-related issues with each personality.

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
The Breema Center Summer Intensive 

Breema bodywork, Self-Breema exercises, and the Nine Principles of Harmony are natural expressions of the unifying principle of Existence. They provide ideal support for practicing body-mind connection and the art of being present.
In each class, you'll learn and practice Self-Breema exercises and Breema bodywork sequences that help to create a new unified relationship between the body, mind and feelings. You don't need to have any prior bodywork experience. A typical day has two 3-hour class sessions.
As we practice Breema movements and sequences we can deepen our understanding of the principles through body-mind connection. Breema gives us a new education in which we learn, first through our body, that the principles are a natural way to relate to ourselves, to other people, and to everything in life.

When: Various dates from July 15th - 22nd
Where: 6076 Claremont Avenue, Oakland CA 94618
Cost: Prices vary depending on weekend, 3-day, and 6 day courses.

Tips for Getting a Good Night's Sleep  

Juggling caregiving, family life, and work can lead to stress and exhaustion, yet caregiving doesn't stop when the sun goes down. Loss of sleep due to racing thoughts, caregiving duties, and lack of time, can affect your health, safety, alertness, and work performance. Most adults require 7-9 hours of sleep each day to function at their best. 

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Quick Links


Alzheimer's -NorCal

Elder Care Locator

-  Family Caregiver Alliance

Book Recommendations 

"Beth Baker courageously and empathetically asks the question many Baby Boomers avoid: How will we make it through our aging years with dignity, independence and pleasure? The answers she receives from folks around the US, straight and LGBT, reassure us that there are already promising paths being carved."

- Michele Kort


"Among the millions with this cruel disease, Richard is rare in that his preserved memory, language, and thinking skills made possible these essays about his experience of the disease. He offers valuable insights to family and professional caregivers seeking to uphold the dignity of all people living with the disease. A debt of gratitude is owed to him, his wife, and his family for refusing to go gentle into that good night." 
- Daniel Kuhn, MSW. Author of Alzheimer's Early Stages

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