December Newsletter
Please Join us at the next
 MLRC  Coalition meeting
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
10 am -12 noon
(First Tuesday of the month)
National MS Society Office, 101A First St, Waltham
call in option available at (641) 715-3580 , access code 753-941

A Preview of 2016 events,  formation of MLRC Advisory Board
Call in option always available at 641-715-3580 #753-941

 MLRC  was proud to be a part of EMC's "A Celebration of Caring" event.

 Held at EMC's office in Franklin on Thursday, Dec. 3.  
The event was hosted by three employee groups at EMC -- CARE (Caregivers Awareness and Resources for Employees) Caregivers Circle, DERG (Disabled Employees Resource Group) and VeTS (Veterans and Their Supporters) -- and featured a fantastic performance by the Boston Higashi School Jazz Band.

Emily Kearns and Stacey Hammerlind were interviewed by EMC TV,
MLRC Events 
A sneak peak at the exciting MLRC year ahead:
- June:  Massachusetts State Respite Summit 

Have you seen Mass Options?
Mass Options is a free resource that links you to services that help you or a loved one live independently.
Trained specialists from MassOptions give you fast, personalized attention. All you need to do is tell them about yourself or what you need to live independently. You can even stay on the line while they connect you with an appropriate community resource!
Speak to a specialist at MassOptions, 7 days a week from 8 am to 8pm,
(toll free)  1-844-422-6277, or use their online chat feature at

You can help get family caregiving recognized as a key issue in party platforms in our state. This is a nonpartisan project, reaching out to all political parties. Make sure your issues are heard at the local, state, and national level.
Find out about Massachusetts here
gwenMLRC Speaker Series:
Gwen Morgan author of the What if...Workbook 
Tuesday, January 5, 10am
MS New England Headquaters, 101 1st Street, Waltham
This event is free but space is limited, please register here 
The  What if ...Workbook™ is the optimal guide for planning in regard to finances, personal assets, and personal wishes generally left unattended until too late.  This comprehensive guide allows loved ones to know the exact personal, final wishes of the family member or friend..  Gwen Morgan, creator of the What if ...Workbook™ , has been involved with the elderly and hospice for a number of years, thus seeing the importance of being organized about personal affairs.  She has personally experienced the positive and negative effects of good or bad planning.  Gwen is a trained facilitator for the CircleXChange, a wellness lifestyle program that brings people together in small groups to discuss and share life events: dealing with healthy maintenance of the mind, body and spirit; stress management; and life balance.  The motto of the organization is "living life with clarity, passion, and purpose" - Gwen takes this motto to heart and tries to live her life with mindfulness and purpose, while helping others do the same through her workshops and perso na l relationships. For more on Gwen and the What if.. Workbook

Studio Audience invited for January Panel Discussion:
Crafting Caregiving Innovations:
A Meeting with Caregiving Movers and Shakers
Tuesday, January 5, 6 PM
Belmont Media Center, 9 Lexington St, Belmont

Join us in learning how this panel of innovative caregivers formed critical caregiver supports and respite - a meaningful break from caregiving - when little was available. They creatively identified and leveraged existing resources to develop new ways to respond to the desperate needs they and their families faced while caregiving. You will be inspired by their stories of courage and creativity - guaranteed! 
Be part of the television studio audience and join in what promises to be a vibrant interactive discussion  with panelists! RSVP here or call 617-863-6244
Panel will include Pat Lawrence and Mary MacDonald, check back as more speakers are confirmed.

Representatives from the community organizations that received grants will present on the successes,challenges and replicability of their programs.
To read more about the programs, click here 
In Spring of 2016, the MLRC will be partnering with other organizations to bring Caregiver Events to various populations and in different geographic areas. All events will be co-sponsored by at least one other organization. This series will be about collaborating to reach out to under-served populations. We want your ideas! Please email with thoughts on caregiving groups that should be represented. 
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