Caregiver Workshops at the Sand Hills Community Wellness Center

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Caregiver Workshops
at the Sand Hills Community Wellness Center
Cost: $12 each or $20 for both

October 7, 9:30-11:30am

You Are Here.
Facing the Future by Defining the Present
Through writing, meditation and group reflection, participants will recognize
and define the needs, dynamics and concerns we face as caregivers.

The thing all caregivers have in common is the need to navigate change for and with our care receivers. Adapting to change can be overwhelming. In this workshop, we will face the needs of our present in order to move into our future. As a result of this workshop, you will be able to:
 Name some of the changes you are facing.
 Describe the physical, medical, emotional and/or spiritual aspects of the changes.
 Discuss possible solutions.
 Discover 2-3 first steps in implementing the needed changes.

November 4, 9:30-11:30am

Brace for Impact.
Strategies to take with you, when you visit aging loved ones.

Often the information we gather over the phone from an aging loved one is not what we find to be true when we see them face to face. More often than not, getting a clear picture from a distance leaves us feeling worried. When we plan face to face visits, we need strategies to gather information about our loved one’s health and a clear picture of how they are managing at home. This workshop will give you:
 Three tips to determine if your senior needs help
 The consequences of isolation and loneliness and ways to help combat them
 How to navigate through the holidays with you family (family dynamics) – old roles, resentments, siblings disagreeing on what needs to happen with mom and dad. The California Syndrome

Workshop Leaders:

Beth Scibienski provided care for her husband who had Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis for 12 years. She has written extensively on grief and vulnerability. She is a Presbyterian pastor, a writer, a Reiki Master and the co-host of the Two Pastors’ Podcast. As an entrepreneur and a visionary, Beth is uniquely skilled at imagining creative ways forward, mobilizing people to create venues that result in love, justice and kindness. She lives in central NJ, near her children and grandchildren. She blogs at www.bethscib.com.

Deb Hallisey is caregiver for her 85-year-old mother, responsible for her mom’s 60-year-old home, and 12-year-old Bichon. Deb’s caregiving journey started with seeing her father through Congestive Heart Failure. A consultant who specialized in writing and conducting end user training across the US and Canada, Deb lost her job due to caregiving issues. A blessing in disguise, Deb is now founder of Advocate for Mom and Dad LLC. She blogs on caregiving issues at www.advocateformomanddad.com, consultants with families who are starting out on this journey, and can be found speaking at various venues throughout Mercer County, on the radio and local TV.

To reserve your spot, make check payable to Sand Hills Wellness Center, Send to 57 Sand Hills Road Kendall Park, NJ.

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